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Hamilton - British Royal Air Force - Issued 6B-9101000 H 2571 M - 1960s

£2,250.00GBP
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A Superb Example of the Military Hamilton 6B-9101000 H 2571 M - Black Dial with Beautiful Vanilla Lume, Issued To The RAF, c.1960s!

This watch is referred to as the “Hamilton Mark 11” because it was manufactured for the British government at the same time as its famous brothers, from IWC & JLC, to almost the same RAF specification. 

These Hamiltons were issued to the British Royal Air Force from the mid-’60s to the mid-’70s. This particular model, the 6B/910-1000 H, though not the rarest amongst the variants, is a favourite amongst collectors due to its broad arrow and ’T’ stamped dial.

It is believed that only around 3200 examples of this watch were issued according to discussions on the Military Watch Forum (MWR) which makes them highly desirable compared to the c.9000 IWC equivalent pieces.

Currently owned by the expansive Swatch Group, Hamilton can track their history back to 1892 in Lancaster Pennsylvania, and were an American manufacturer until 1969 with headquarters now based in Bienne, Switzerland. 

What’s On Offer 

A cracking example of a rare and very collectible watch – a firm favourite with military watch enthusiasts. All things considered, not least the age and intended use of this watch, it is in incredible condition. The stark black dial is blemish-free and boasts a crisp outer minute rail track, sharp Arabic numerals, and a crystal clear Hamilton signature with the Tritium stamp at 12 o’clock and arrow marking at 6 o’clock. The sword hands look well with lume intact which has aged to a very attractive vanilla colour which can also be observed on the lumed hour markers which are all intact too. The case and lugs are also in fine fettle with only minor signs of wear – remarkably few in actual fact. This would make a fantastic addition to any collection as well as a really nice tool watch for everyday wear.

All in all, this is a beauty of a watch, steeped in history and still beating away in good time having been recently serviced by renowned military watch expert and watchmaker, John Senior.

Additional information

Made from

Case:
Stainless Steel 

Dial:
Black

Crystal:
Plexi

Bracelet:
NATO style strap

Technical specifications

Winding: 
Manual

Movement Type:
Mechanical

Caliber:
S75S

Jewels:
17j

Waterproof:
n/a

Power reserve: 47hrs approx

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent - 9/10

Model Reference:
RAF 6B

Date of issue: c.1960s

Guarantee:
12 Months by VWS

Dimensions

Width:
36mm

Lug width:
17mm

Lug height: (lug to lug)
46.5mm

Wrist size: 
Adjustable