Got it today
Well, I found out that Hilton was basically, back then, what Invicta of today is.
Despite the “Swiss Made” on the dial, upon cracking open the caseback on the example timepiece pictured here, we found it stamped with the following: G.T. Co. Hong Kong.
Sound familiar? Seems they skirted Swiss back then too.
The following info is from user JimH on watchuseek:
“Hilton was a company based in New York City. Hilton distributed watches usually made with 17 jewel Swiss movements and cases from a variety of sources including Hong Kong. It was a marketing company rather than a manufacturer. Hilton got in trouble with the FTC in the early 60s over misleading pricing and claims for their watches (25 jewel but only 17 functional, marked Swiss Made).”
Silly me, I always wondered why Hilton was so cheap, even with the nice looking textured dials. Now I know.
Oh well, it is still a nice looking dial and that’s why I got it. I am a sucker for textured dials, I want them all. Fortunately Hilton has been a cheap obsession.
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