Hamilton Electric Regulus II Watch
Offered is this FULLY SERVICED (ultrasonic wash, rinse, and lubrication) Hamilton Electric Regulus II watch. Pictured in René Rondeau's book "The Watch Of The Future" on page 187, it was released in April of 1962 with an original price of $89.50. It is signed on the dial, case, movement, and crown. It runs great and keeps time to well under 30 seconds variation per day and has a brand new battery just installed. 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. As a plus, it has had a NEW OLD STOCK D-PIN installed in the balance, so it will run virtually as it did from the factory.
The Regulus II shares its name with the original all stainless steel Regulus which had a "D" shaped case. The Regulus II has a round case (larger than most Hamilton Electrics) and a really striking dial with an intricate design of the markers.
What really makes the Regulus II interesting is that the case was Swiss Made. I am sure this is the correct case for this watch. I asked René Rondeau for his opinion. He was not sure, but had serviced four Regulus II's over the years. The case numbers on them were 105320, 105691, 106754, and 106820. This corresponds to the case number on this particular model, 105508. Most case numbers in the electric series begin with a letter, and the fact that all of these serial numbers have no letters and that they fall into a small range indicates that this is the correct case for this model. The other factor making it very likely that this is the proper case is the crown at the 4 o'clock position. Few watch cases were made in this configuration. Another very interesting finding is that the watch has a dedication on the back from 1974. This was long after the Hamilton Electric series was discontinued, indicating it was likely one of the last in the series, and possibly held in stock by a store until purchase in the mid 1970's. As a plus, it has had a NEW OLD STOCK D-PIN installed in the balance, so it will run virtually as it did from the factory.
BRAND: Hamilton Electric Regulus II
CASE: Stainless Steel
CASE BACK: Marked Hamilton Stainless Steel, with a dedication dating the watch to 1974 (long after Hamilton Electric production ended), and inside marked Hamilton W. Co., Lancaster-PA, Stainless Steel, No. 105508, Made In Switzerland
BAND/BRACELET: Brand New Genuine Leather Black Alligator Grain Strap with matching Silver Colored Buckle
MOVEMENT: 505 electric, marked Hamilton 505, Patented, ADJ, USA
SIZE: 35mm Without Crown | 42mm Lug to Lug
CROWN: Stainless Steel, marked with the "H" logo
CRYSTAL: Excellent, with no cracks
CASE: Excellent, showing little signs of wear
DIAL: Excellent, ORIGINAL Finish in great condition
HANDS: Excellent, Stainless Steel Hour and Minute Hands with Luminous Inserts, and Lightning Bolt Seconds Hand, all correct for this watch
BAND: Brand New
Guaranteed to arrive in fine working order, or money back upon return, or return for any reason within 7 days for a full refund. I am a NAWCC (National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors) member and stand behind what I sell.