RAF 1960's Hamilton Mechanical Watch
I have always been of the opinion that the golden years of British Aviation were the 1950s and 60’s. In my view the same is true of the watches supplied to RAF crews during that period, manufactured to meet exacting specifications laid down by the RAF. Such names as IWC and Jaeger Le Coultre are well known but every bit as superb in quality is the lesser known Swiss made Hamilton.
This example is in excellent condition and features the black dial used on post war watches with Arabic numerals picked out with Tritium luminous markers, thus eliminating the dangers of radium. There is a centre second sweep and both hands retain their full luminous Tritium paint without it loss. Below the 12 marker is the italicised name Hamilton above the T for Tritium. Above the 6 is the military crow’s foot, with Swiss below the 6.
Known to collectors as the Mk11 Hamiliton this is an early example of the model and perhaps dates from the mid 1960’s. The movement is a high quality seventeen Jewels which runs well and keeps very good time. To touch the crown feels crisp indicating little use and winds the near silent movement perfectly.
Case diameter is approximately 36mm and a near new Hirsch leather strap is fitted to the non-removable strap bars. The case back shows the 6b RAF stores reference and model number but here scratches indicate opening at some time without the correct tool.
A beautiful watch suitable for everyday wear and available at a fraction of the cost of the better known, but certainly not superior, cousins.