The Van Horn was one of the original 2 watch introduced on January 3rd, 1957 when Hamilton announced to the world, the first battery powered watch. It was named for John Van Horn, the director of Research and Development for Hamilton, who spearheaded the electric watch project.
Hamilton Electric Van Horn watch. Pictured in Rene Rondeau's book "The Watch Of The Future" on pages 193-194, it was released in January of 1957 with an original price of $175.00. It is quadruple signed on the case, dial, movement, and crown. It would make a great addition to a Hamilton Electric collection.
This vintage Hamilton watch was produced in the amount of about 13,200.
The original Hamilton Van Horn 500 movement has been upgraded to a 17 Jewel, 505 movement for better performance and reliability. Both 500 and 505 movements can be found in these watches with only the spacer rings being different, both movement used many of the same parts, however fine tuning of the 505 was a great technical improvement. The hack function works properly, and the watch starts right up each time the crown is pushed in from the setting position to the running position. The movement has been cleaned, adjusted, and a new battery installed. The Hamilton 505 is running strong, and keeping perfect time.
The original heavy solid 14 Karat Gold case, round "stepped" bezel case with bold fancy flared drop lugs. The case measures 34.60mm wide (not counting stem or crown) by 44.10mm lug to lug
The original Black dial is in MINT condition. Black background with contrasting 14K solid gold Hamilton logo, Electric logo, Pat. Pending Logo, The gold "dot" minute track and 14 Karat Yellow Gold applied hour markers. The unblemished dial still retains the original Dauphine, pitched hands and sweep seconds. The Van Horn is covered by a excellent original glass crystal.
This outstanding watch comes complete with a Hadley Roma brown leather strap. and is ready to gift to someone special or to enjoy wearing.
The Finer Details
Brand; Hamilton Circa 1957
Type; Vintage - Men Electric Van Horn
Style; 1957 Vintage Hamilton Electric Van Horn 14k Yellow Gold watch with Original Black Dial
Case: Yellow Gold, 14kt.
Case; Measurement. 35mm x 43mm lug to lug;
Movement Hamilton Electric 505 17 Jewels
Dial; Original; Black, Very Good; Applied Arabic Numerals
Hands; Original; Dauphine
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