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howdydave

 Rochester, NY

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Hamilton 974
Serial #1215993

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Manufacturer Hamilton
Grade 974
Serial Number 1215993
Size 16s
Model 2
Jewel Count 17j
Setting Lever
Finish Nickel
Case Material Goldfilled
Case Manufacturer Bates & Bacon
Case Serial # 6130454
Case Details Bates & Bacon (B&B) "Royal" is name used for their 14k GF cases with a 20 year warranty.

Other B&B classifications were: Regal, Puritan and Winner (perhaps more.)
Dial Material Enamel
Dial Type Single-Sunk
Dial Style Arabic
Dial Signing Name Hamilton Electric Railway Special
Dial Details Small chip between 37 and 38.

Hampden patented/copyrighted the use of the word RAILWAY on pocket watches, so the "Railway Special" was not out very long before Hampden started legal procedures and Hamilton had to change the name.

Ref: https://mb.nawcc.org/threads/hamilton-interurban.25784/
"The change from "Hamilton Electric Railway Special" - the second marking used - to "Hamilton Electric Inter-urban Special" was made in 1925 because it was learned that the privilege to use this particular marking had been given to Deuber-Hampden."

Since this dial is on a 1917 watch, I have a few doubts as to whether it is an original dial for this watch.
Movement Markings Hamilton Watch Co.
Lancaster, PA
17 Jewels
974
Adjusted
1215993