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A Geneve Dial Hamilton - 6bb Military Watch - Issued 1974 - Ref 6bb/5238290

£1,475.00GBP
VWS1647

An Outstanding Example of the RARE Geneve Dial 6bb Military Watch - Issued 1974 - Ref 6bb/5238290

A Rare Geneve Dial Hamilton 6bb RAF Issued Watch with a 1974 Issue Number! Hamilton produced for the RAF under the 6bb mark between 1973 and 1976. The watch succeeded the earlier Smiths production piece and preceded the CWC production pieces.

The ‘T’ marking on the dial denotes tritium, the original 1960s and 1970s material used to make dials luminescent, a mark that guarantees the originality of the dial.  Fixed lug bars as typical of military pieces, notably also present in the ‘Dirty Dozen' collection and generally on most military wristwatches. 

What’s On Offer 

1974, Geneve signed dial, RAF issued British Military Watch with its mechanical hand-wound movement and steel tonneau case, with Broad Arrow military dial and issue engravings, 6bb/5238290 on the case back. The dial has white Arabic numerals, which are typical of most military-issued watches. These watches also have a sweep second hand with a 'hack' feature and steel luminous hands, which is again very typical of vintage military watches. 

For this to have survived so long in this outstanding condition is extremely rare; this is a true gem. The marking 'Geneve' on the dial is much scarcer than the versions without and as such this watch would make a superb addition to any Hamilton or general military watch collection. 

The dial is in fine fettle right the way down to the tritium hour plots which are remarkably intact. Pristine condition sword hands, with very appealing lume discolouration, as have the hour plots, minute tracking ring, and broad arrow denotation all synonymous with military pieces. 

The case too is in fantastic condition, with no notable blemishes to speak of - rather incredible since these watches were  true 'tool' watches.

This watch is an outstanding example steeped in rich history - there is no time for laurels on this occasion, a rare iteration of the more common W10 Hamiltons, it will be snapped up in no time.  

Additional Information

Made From

Case:
Steel

Dial:
Black

Crystal:
Plexgilass

Bracelet:
NATO style 


Technical Specifications

Winding:
Manual

Movement Type:
Mechanical

Calibre:
649 (ETA 2750)

Jewels:
17

Waterproof:
N/A

Power Reserve: Approx. 50hrs

Purchase Details

Condition: Excellent - 9.5/10

Model Reference:
6BB/5238290

Date of issue: 1974

Guarantee:
12 months by VWS

Dimensions 

Width:
36mm

Lug width:
18.5mm

Lug height: (lug to lug)
41mm

Wrist size:
Adjustable