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Rare Hamilton “Langley” men’s Streamline Moderne wristwatch in solid 14K yellow gold, circa 1933.
With a very low production of only 1,800 examples in yellow gold, the Langley is a rare and desirable Hamilton model. Named for early American aviation pioneer Samuel Langley, the watch was originally introduced 1929 with a 3-piece hinged case produced by the Solidarity Watch Case Co., and was powered by the 17-jewel grade 987 movement. But after Solidarity went out of business in the early 1930s, Hamilton contracted with Schwab & Wuischpard to make the “Langley” with a two-piece case construction such as this one, powered by the 19-jewel grade 979 movement. The change in case construction and the addition of the premium 979 movement resulted in a price increase for the “Langley,” up to $105.00 with the gold numeral dial in 1933. These two-piece S&W cases are very rare and I have only seen a half dozen or so. This example is in crisp, excellent condition showing only very slight wear. Caseback is excellent, with a monogram. The case measures 37mm long and 27mm wide. Refinished dial is superb, has solid 18K gold applied numerals. Glass crystal is excellent. This watch is powered by its correct 19-jewel Hamilton grade 979-F adjusted manual wind movement, just serviced and running well.