HAMILTON W10 MILITARY WATCH - 1973 - WITH HACK SECONDS - KHAKI NATO STRAP
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Hamilton - a (British Army) military issue gentleman's wrist watch. The watch back is numbered/signed /I\ 523-8290 W10-6645-99 9937/73. The watch has a manual wind "hacking feature" calibre 649 movement housed inside a brushed stainless steel uni-shell case.
A typical black military dial with hourly luminous Tritium markers and Arabic numerals.
For a watch that is an approximately 42 year old MOD issued military watch this is a great piece of history and in good condition.
The Case and Crown
A cushion shaped one piece case, where the movement is removed from the top through the glass opening. The brushed steel case measures approximately 36mm in diameter without the crown which makes this watch a good size for both men and women. The case is in very good condition for a military watch with no major marks and no dings APART FROM A CHIP IN THE CASE EDGE, RIGHT BY THE CROWN WINDER, (please see our photographs for better description). Apart from this the watch is original and unpolished. The crown appears correct and unsigned and functions perfectly and looks well! The case "chip" does not affect functionality of the watch at all.
The Dial and Hands
The black dial which is typical of this style and type of military watch is signed Hamilton with a “T” in a circle, which denotes it is the original Tritium dial. It also says “Swiss” below the 6 marker and has the MOD arrow (Pheon) mark on the dial above the 6. The fantastic matt black dial is in great shape with no visible marks or blemishes. The original Tritium lume is all still intact. The Tritium dots on the rail track minute marker ring on the outer edge of this dial are brilliant having a fantastic even yellow colour. The same lume is also present in the original set of hands on this particular watch and has gone a really nice colour with age.
The movement in this watch is a Hamilton signed calibre 649; 17 jewel hand wound movement with a hacking function for accurate time setting as you would expect from a watch supplied to the Armed Forces.The calibre “649” was actually made by ETA and called a calibre 2750, but Hamilton re-branded them for their own watches. This particular movement has been checked and is running well and keeping time as it should.
Typical of a military watch, this Hamilton also comes with fixed lug bars for added strength. We have chosen to photograph this watch on a new military style khaki green nylon one piece NATO, Zulu strap which in our opinion looks really handsome but if you prefer another colour or even style then please feel free to let us know and we will endeavour to supply an alternative strap usually at no additional cost. Or we can supply additional NATO straps or other styles or colours (at additional cost). If this is at the time of purchase/delivery, we can do this at a discount.
Box and Papers
These watches were obviously supplied through the MOD, so as such would not have had any box or paperwork at the time of issue. Even though there are no original papers with this particular watch, a detailed invoice together with any warranty documents if applicable will be provided at the point of sale. Should you want the watch supplied in our “VWS” watch case (as sold on our site) then please add this to your order and we will send it out together with your watch.
This is a great example of an iconic 1973 Hamilton military issued “W10” watch which were produced for the British Armed Forces between the 1960’s and 1970’s, at which time the Cabot Watch Company (CWC) took over production.
It is a completely practical every day tool watch, ready to wear yourself or to be bought as a gift for that special person. It is also an excellent investment or heirloom piece, particularly as they are no longer produced and the modern equivalents are quartz. They were not produced in huge numbers and as they were military issue, many will not have survived active service!
We feel better examples such as this are becoming more difficult to locate and are undervalued and as each year goes by the market for vintage watches continues to expand resulting in prices climbing even higher. So this is a very collectable 1970’s military watch which should provide an excellent financial investment as well as being something to treasure and enjoy.
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This superb Hamilton W10 watch is priced very competitively taking rarity and condition into consideration but we will still consider your watch as a part exchange even if your watch is of higher value! Please contact us to discuss this further.
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