It appears the grade 961 was the origin of the famed 951 production. Only 1100 of the 961 grade were made, out of which 97 were directly converted to grade 951.
This is a 21j railroad grade watch, which you seldom see in a 14k hunters case. And it is a stem wind & set. Few Hamilton 961 had a solid gold case. This heavy 14k solid gold case is like new, and the case covers open to less than 90 degrees, as they should. The hinges are robust - See pictures.
The bow is stiff, and the crystal is pristine. The movement is clean and look great. This watch is running strong.
This watch has a solid gold train. The dial has two tight hairlines that you can see in the pictures, and everything else is very near perfect.
I do not know when the last service was, so you may want to have it serviced. The total weight of this watch is 109 grams. The case diameter is approximately 53mm. Some Finished as Grade 951.
To Finishing Dept: Dec 17, 1904. Jewel Material: Ruby & Sapphire. Pendant Plate: Bridge Plate Bridge Type. Center Train Material: Gold Center Wheel Material.
Adjusted: Yes Adjusted to Position: Yes. Adjusted # of Positions: 5. Research Note: According to the Halligan records. To meet the demand for 23-jewel, hunting watches as few #961 - Pendant and Lever Set movements were changed to 23-jewel watches.
No orders for this model were ever given to the Plate Department. They were re-modeled to conform with the #950. The subsequent production charts indicate 97 were made as lever-set and 44 were made as pendant-set. #81926 Verified as 951P [NAWCC] #81942 Verified as 951P [JH] #81945 Verified as 951P [JH] #81958 Verified as 951P [NAWCC] #81973 Verified as 951P [PWT]. Please send me a message if you have any questions.
The item "Scarce Hamilton 961-14K Gold RR Grade 16s Pocket Watch 2-STAR RARITY-Minty 109g" is in sale since Tuesday, October 16, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Pocket Watches\Antique".The seller is "homeatthecabin" and is located in Canton, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Canada, China, Japan, Australia.