DescriptionHamilton Model 500 Wear Test Prototype Serial #009L, René Rondeau Collection
Case: "Titan" case, gold filled, 35 mm, stepped bezel, screw back centered by an enameled Hamilton coat-of-arms and banner, engraved "Do Not Open, Property of the Hamilton Watch Company"
Dial: silver, golden dart markers, gold numeral at 12, interior gold minute dots, gold Dauphine hands
Movement: #009L, model 500, experimental hairspring motion limiter to prevent overbanking (this was soon replaced by the finger block design)
Band: Hamilton lizard strap
Note: This watch is shown on page 39 of "The Watch of the Future". A test program was launched in January, 1956 to assemble and test 1000 model 500 prototypes. Approximately 160 were distributed to Hamilton personnel for wear tests while the remainder were kept in the laboratory for "rack tests", mounted to boards where they could be observed and photographed at regular intervals. A small but unknown quantity of prototypes with clear case backs were given to officers, directors and researchers. Other personnel received watches like the present lot which were sealed and engraved.
Type: Hamilton Model 500 Wear Test Prototype Serial #009L, René Rondeau Collection
Dial: silver, golden dart markers
Hands; gold Dauphine
Metal: 10k gold filled
Case Info: two body, rare engraved back with enamel
Case Width: 35 mm
Watch Movement: #009L, model 500, experimental hairspring motion limiter to prevent overbanking (this was soon replaced by the finger block design)
Band: Hamilton lizard strap, generic plated buckle
Condition: dial is superb, case is very good, movement is very good, prototype not currently running
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