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    Epperlein (Germany) Prototype Electric Made In Cooperation With Hamilton
    Case: three body, gold plated, screw down transparent back, 35 mm
    Dial: silver, applied gold numerals, dart and arrow indexes, gold minute dots, luminous Dauphine hands
    Movement: model 100, electric, prototype based on the Hamilton 505
    Band: Hamilton leather strap and plated buckle
    Signed: movement signed Epperlein 100 Electric

    Note: This watch was acquired by René Rondeau in 1990 from the Hamilton master technician James H. Reese who had kept the watch after his retirement. The watch is documented in the book "Watch of the Future" on page 97. In the 1950's Hamilton was approached by Helmut Epperlein of the German watch company Uhrenwerk Ersingen. Epperlein persuaded Hamilton to cross-license selected patents relating to electric watches and he released the Model 100 in 1959. A large percentage of the original versions were returned defective. The watch presented here is one of only a few completed watches that were made during the redesign phase, based on the Hamilton 505. Both the watch and the movement were retained by Jim Reese after experiments were completed in the research lab at Hamilton.


    Condition Report*: Type: Epperlein (Germany) Prototype Electric Made In Cooperation With Hamilton
    Dial: silver, applied gold numerals and markers
    Hands; luminous gold Dauphine hands
    Metal: gold plated case
    Case Info: transparent screw down case back
    Case Width: 35 mm
    Crystal: acrylic
    Watch Movement: model 100, electric, prototype based on the Hamilton 505
    Band: leather strap, plated Hamilton buckle
    Circa: 1950's
    Condition: dial is good, case with some pitting and wear on the lugs, movement complete but non running
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    29th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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