The Hamilton Watch Company was founded in 1892, but they didn't produce their first watch until 1893. The first watch was designed by one of the companies founding members, H.J. Cain. Their pocket watches commanded immediate respect and became prominent timepieces for railroad engineers as well as the general public. The "Broadway Limited" was introduced in their first year of business! These watches were so respected that they became the official watch of the American Expeditionary Forces world-wide! A special wristwatch version was made and supplied General Pershing and his men in WWI. Admiral Byrd relied on the same watch on both his Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Auguste Piccard used a Hamilton timepiece on his balloon ascent into the stratosphere in the early 1930s. The first American to summit Mount Everest, Jim Whittaker, was wearing a Hamilton in 1963! Suffice it to say, Hamilton made the best American Watches, bar none! This particular Hamilton "Martin" was made circa 1941 and was a very popular model made in gold-filled. How many survive today is anyone's guess. The "Martin" is a seventeen jewel Hamilton, grade 897-A, which is as clean as a whistle, and was one of Hamilton's finest grades for that time period. The yellow gold-filled case measures 26mm at its widest by 9mm thick by 34mm lug-to-lug. The beautifully silvered dial has gold-applied Arabic numerals that really stand out. The seconds bit echoes the case shape and the gold dagger hands finish the look. It also has an unusual lug cap that gives it a distinctive appearance. The case back is engraved "Ben 2/12/42". We have fitted it with a very nice black leather, matte finish strap, so that it will grace your wrist with style. With a Hamilton "Martin" on your wrist, you can feel just like "Citizen Kane". Our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you this "Martin" is in great running condition as are all of our timepieces.