1962 Oregon State Liberty Bowl – Hamilton Watch

I have previously posted some items from OSU’s 1962 Liberty Bowl game in which the Beavers, led by Terry Baker, defeated Villanova 6-0.  This Hamilton brand wristwatch was a memento I’m assuming was given to players and coaches for playing in that game.  Even today watches are a common gift given by bowl game hosts to the teams who play.

This watch was made by Hamilton, a Swiss company that made its first watch in 1893, and still makes high-end watches today.  Vintage Hamilton watches are desirable collectors pieces for some watch enthusiasts.  I haven’t seen (or researched) a lot of Hamilton watches that were made for  bowl game, but they must have made them for a handful of years, as I did see ones from the 1955 Orange Bowl and 1962 Tangerine Bowl.

This particular watch features a round case with triangular and Arabic hour markers as well as alpha style hands and seconds subdial. The stem wound watch has 17 jewels.  While similar Hamilton watches of this era aren’t particularly expensive (usually less than a few hundred dollars) some of the higher-end Hamilton models of that era can be several thousand dollars.  Unfortunately they weren’t giving the players the highest-end models back then!  Either way they are neat mementos from bowl games long ago which can still be worn today. 

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