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    Default Something a little different here. Military Watches.

    I've gotten myself into another hobby. Collecting antique Hamilton 992 watches.
    I did not realize until just recently that the military used these watches almost exclusively. Yes they used a few other manufactures, but the Hamilton's where there "go to" watch.
    I just bought a 1944 official military Hamilton. Don't know if it served in combat but it did serve !
    I've started buying tools and have been repairing some of my new acquisitions. It is really different then working on trucks I can tell you !
    Also quite satisfying when you get a watch back together and it works !
    Here's some pictures of my little collection including my Official military one.

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    In picture three I'm pointing to the "U.S. Gov" stamping showing this was a official military watch.
    Picture five has my watch on the right next to the picture in the TM.
    I know this is pretty far out there for a Military Collectors site, but hey if we can have water pumps and steam cleaners. Then we can have Watches too !
    I'm pretty sure there are not many "Horologists" out there on this site, but this way Steel Soldiers can honestly say they don't discriminate against any Military Equipment !

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    I have one that a relative got from the railroad, might have to send it out to get fixed!

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    Pilots all wore Hamilton watches. I have seen a few here, but a gold bar would be cheaper to buy!

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    Neat! For a while I wore antique wind up watches. Then I started carrying a phone and it has the time on it, so I stopped wearing a watch. I still have five of them, if I recall correctly. My favorite is the 1964 Movado Triple Stop Calendar, though it is original and valuable so I rarely wore it. The neatest (and only one I bought new) is the Ernst Borel Cocktail watch with kaleidoscopic dial. The ones I wore the most often though were the two Hamilton's from the 40's.

    My father favored pocket watches, as he was a Journeyman and would tear wrist watches up in a matter of days. I bought him one of those Russian watches that became easy to get in the late 90's. So much for the "Soviet Tank Watches" they were marketed as. He broke the dial cover clasp the first day, then in a week broke off the handle and lanyard, and it stopped working inside of six months in his pocket. This was after I carried it for several weeks to try it out. My Dad could be a product failure tester. Everything breaks around him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gimpyrobb View Post
    I have one that a relative got from the railroad, might have to send it out to get fixed!
    There’s “The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute” right over in Harrison, OH I alway’s wondered about that place, maybe they would fix it in class?
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    My father was a B-17 bombardier in WW2 and I still have his watch and it works too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rustystud View Post
    I've gotten myself into another hobby. Collecting antique Hamilton 992 watches.
    I did not realize until just recently that the military used these watches almost exclusively. Yes they used a few other manufactures, but the Hamilton's where there "go to" watch.
    I just bought a 1944 official military Hamilton. Don't know if it served in combat but it did serve !
    I've started buying tools and have been repairing some of my new acquisitions. It is really different then working on trucks I can tell you !
    Also quite satisfying when you get a watch back together and it works !
    Here's some pictures of my little collection including my Official military one.

    025.jpg028.jpg031.jpg
    033.jpg035.jpg

    In picture three I'm pointing to the "U.S. Gov" stamping showing this was a official military watch.
    Picture five has my watch on the right next to the picture in the TM. In the old days, people in the Army used to fix all kinds of stuff, we just toss, in today's world. Like watches. I good friend of mine was drafted into the army in 68-69, and his MOS was repairing sewing machines! Watches and clocks used to be items that were high dollar items, and very treasured. I never knew the Army fixed them, but in retrospect, can see why. I still have on my wall, a wind up clock, that came out of a BCC, (Battery Control Center van) that keeps time to the second. It was "used" when I "removed" it, and I had it 35 years before I had it cleaned. The watchmaker wanted to buy it for his collection. I also have a new one, as a back up, in a box. But might have to give it to my Grandson. Mine has been working without out fail over 43 years.
    I know this is pretty far out there for a Military Collectors site, but hey if we can have water pumps and steam cleaners. Then we can have Watches too !
    I'm pretty sure there are not many "Horologists" out there on this site, but this way Steel Soldiers can honestly say they don't discriminate against any Military Equipment !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinwoodsman View Post
    My father was a B-17 bombardier in WW2 and I still have his watch and it works too!
    My uncle was also, European Theatre......25 missions......Congrats TW!;
    God bless,
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