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Hamilton 925, Anton Molle

These parts make up the winding/setting arbor for a Hamilton grade 925. It is 18 size, 17 jewels, made about 1898.

The watch is actually an Anton Molle private label.

The secondary serial number stamps are made in two parts. It looks like the last two digits were added later.
The train parts are not so finely finished on this watch as on regular Hamilton branded movements.
The finish work on the plates however is one that must have taken a a lot of extra work.

The dial has a small chip near 5:00. It received a bit of repair.

Dial repairs do not completely hide the damage. The color is never a perfect match. But it looks a lot better.
This is a typical swing-out case. the movement goes from the front into a ring that is mounted on a hinge.

The front bezel screws on. And the is no removable back.

Case screws hold the movement from the back. The heads of the screw overlap the case edge preventing the movement from come out through the front.
The movement is lever-setting, the lever being near 5:00. That is the reason the dial was chipped there.

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