One of at least seven models that Hamilton commissioned Bill Blass to create, this one is the “Columbia” model as in reference to the United States.
It features an authentic blue 5 cent George Washington Stamp as the dial, and has two plain gold tone hands, hour and minute. No hour markers. The rectangular case has angled lugs and a nicely knurled crown. This men’s watch is a good size for the time, at 25 mm wide by 38 mm north to south including lugs.
The 1970 fall line of watches from Vantage, a product of the Hamilton Watch Co., was previewed to the press June 26, 1970, in New York City. Designed by Bill Blass, the watches were made with 17 jewels movements to work as beautifully as they look.
The names of the other known watches in this Bill Blass line were: Basketweave, Swinger, Stockpage, Square Bangle, Macbeth (also seen spelled McBeth – a black dial watch with rectangular gold tone case and hands), and Canterbury. For more photos of this scarce watch see: Bill Blass Columbia