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Picture of William J. Hansen, Ph.D.
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There was a time in the not too distant past that a dedicated employee would receive a gold wrist watch at the time of their retirement. I have seen a number of Gruen and Hamilton wrist watches used for this purpose. Hamilton actually had a dedicated sales division, "Awards and Incentives" which was responsible for growing this aspect of the business.

Recently I found two very fine examples by Hamilton. This first one is a Hamilton Brock model. This 14K classic tank watch was a very popular watch for awards. This is a particularly desirable example, as it is a "Packard Brock", and sports the slogan "Ask the Man Who Owns One" and a radiator grill on the dial, and a stylish engraving on the back.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2662837681

This next example is also the Hamilton Brock. It too has a very fine engraving, and I suspect it was a very important award for the owner.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2662776832

The Pictures that follow is one from my own collection. It is an example of a rather rare Hamilton Brooke, an early Hamilton asymmetric wrist watch, with a "right angle" style, the case thicker at the 12:00, as compared to the 6:00. It was an award watch for an employee of the Griswold Company, makers of those fantastic heavy cast iron frying pans.

Does anyone have examples of award watches to share?

Hamilton Brooke
 
Posts: 813 | Location: Cincinnati, Ohio USA | Registered: January 22, 2003
Wristwatch Expert
IHC Life Member
Picture of William J. Hansen, Ph.D.
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Brooke Engraving

Brooke
 
Posts: 813 | Location: Cincinnati, Ohio USA | Registered: January 22, 2003
IHC Member 155
Bulova Watchmaker

Picture of Rich Kuhn
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Bill,
I want to take this opportunity to welcome you as the wristwatch moderator.
In the course of my work I see a lot of Presentation watches.
Omegas were a popular retirement watch. I have two or three stainless steel Omegas that have the US Steel logo applied to the dial. I find this ironic since I am sure Omega did not buy stainless steel from US Steel.
I am going to post some pictures of an Omega presented for 25 years of service for GMC. The watch is a Seamaster De Ville with a 14K bezel and a stainless steel back
I have a passion for wristwatches and I wish you great success as moderator.


Rich Kuhn

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Posts: 896 | Location: New Jersey in the USA | Registered: December 16, 2002
IHC Member 155
Bulova Watchmaker

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Picture 2

 
Posts: 896 | Location: New Jersey in the USA | Registered: December 16, 2002
IHC Member 155
Bulova Watchmaker

Picture of Rich Kuhn
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Picture 3

 
Posts: 896 | Location: New Jersey in the USA | Registered: December 16, 2002
IHC Member 155
Bulova Watchmaker

Picture of Rich Kuhn
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Picture 4


Rich Kuhn

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IHC Member 155

eMail: rich@watchmakerfinds.com

Web-Site: http://watchmakerfinds.com

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Posts: 896 | Location: New Jersey in the USA | Registered: December 16, 2002
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Here's another Brock, presented by Standard Brands for 25 years service in 1950. The case is not marked on the outside as to gold content as most Hamiltons I have seen are. The 14K mark is on the inside of the back along with the model name, etc.

Hamilton Brock
 
Posts: 676 | Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee USA | Registered: December 08, 2002
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Got the file names mixed up, here's the front. 19J 982M movement

Brock
 
Posts: 676 | Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee USA | Registered: December 08, 2002
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Union Carbide Corporation was the prime contractor for the US government's operations here in Oak Ridge, TN. They ran the facilities for AEC/ERDA/DOE from the mid-1940's until 1984 when a new contractor was chosen. Carbide gave a service award at 25 years and the employee had a choice of a real Atmos clock or a nice watch. When the new contractor came in 1984 the service awards were changed to 5 year periods. After merging with Lockheed the quality of the awards decreased and cheapened. When I reached 30 years of service I wanted a decent award so I took a NOS Hamilton Austin to a local shop and had it engraved. Here are a couple pictures of my watch.

Hamilton Austin
 
Posts: 676 | Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee USA | Registered: December 08, 2002
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Here's the dial side. 17J 980 movement

Austin
 
Posts: 676 | Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee USA | Registered: December 08, 2002
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