For sale is a Vintage 1973 British Military Hamilton W-10 watch. Hamilton recently launched a re-edition in collaboration with the watch Magazine Revolution. Get yourself the original with the military provenance – fully serviced and with outstanding patina.
Specifications & Condition
DIAL+HANDS: Original dial and hands in excellent condition – please check the close up pictures. The tritium lume on the matte dial is intact and has aged beautifully. The tritium lume on the hands is in very nice original condition. When inspected under a loupe, you my find some micocracks on the lume of the hands. When activated with UV light, the lume on the dial and hands glow briefly and then fade away. . .
CASE: tonneuau shaped stainless steel case with fixed bars in very good vintage condition.
CASEBACK: steel factory caseback with absolutely mint military engravings. Case is approx 36 mm wide, lug to lug distance 41 mm.
CROWN: original, unsigned crown
CRYSTAL: Plexy crystal in very good condition
MOVEMENT: manual wound Hamilton Cal-649 (21,600 BPH) Mechanical wind 17-Jewel with hack feature. Base movement is the ETA 2750.
STRAP & BUCKLE: The watch comes on an a olive green NATO strap.
The watch is from an estate of a retired watchmaker who purchased them at Government auctions during the early 1980’s after the Falklands when the MOD converted to using quartz watches. This style of watch replaced the Smith’s W10 & was the last general purpose ‘mechanical’ watch ever issued to the military in the UK.
The movement is the 17 Jewel Hamilton Cal 649 (ETA 2750) – Around the early 1970’s this was a new revolutionary type of Swiss made movement that required fewer parts than previous watch movements by using a second main plate rather than various bridges – tougher & more reliable with less components to go wrong & easier to service, it also allowed for a larger main-spring barrel with 50 hour capacity compared to the standard 24-36 hours.
Case-back markings explained: W10 indicates Army issue. 6645 Nato code for Timepiece. 99 country code for UK. Broad-arrow = M.O.D property, and the last set of numbers 14/ 73 are the serial number & year of issue.