1938 Hamilton strap (with watch)

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    1938 Hamilton strap (with watch)

    After recently showing this here with similar Gruen (Curvex, Not) thought it may be something unusual with an original unused strap. Probably one of the popular at the time metal expansion bands replaced it and the original was amazingly not lost. The Hamilton ad copy shows it as a pilot's watch!
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    Re: 1938 Hamilton strap (with watch)

    You've got one mighty fine collection artb.
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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: 1938 Hamilton strap (with watch)

    That is unusual keeping in mind a leather strap is a consumable. Most straps of that age have long disappeared.
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    Re: 1938 Hamilton strap (with watch)

    Very, very nice. For me, much of the appeal of a vintage watch is having the correct (or period-correct) band or strap.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Re: 1938 Hamilton strap (with watch)

    Appreciate nice comments. I was not expecting these. Posted to show an
    unusual preservation and advertising a pilot's watch impossible to read easily for the exact minute. Certainly not like a good Hamilton rr watch. Here is a real pilot's watch with original very short strap for Col. Jane Robbins AAF 1942+. Her US made Bulova. Was all over the world with it. Recent estate sale for her. She had a collection of odd miniature clocks. I got a couple. Miniature musical alarm and Abercrombie purse watch.
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    Re: 1938 Hamilton strap (with watch)

    That Bulova (fantastic find by the way) was of course better as a pilot's watch than what is shown in the Hamilton advertisement. After all it was just an ad. I would guess a pilot in the 1930ies or 40'ies would rely more on onboard instruments, like this aircraft clock from a 1932 Elgin sales catalog:
    http://elginwatches.org/scans/sales_...on/m_pg14.html
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    Re: 1938 Hamilton strap (with watch)

    Thats better! I was gifted the factory file of 8x10 hi q photos of their ww2 watches, chronometer, aircraft clocks like this one. Some of these appeared in Marvin Whitneys military timepiece reference book. I need to reproduce those photos.
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    Re: 1938 Hamilton strap (with watch)

    So you have original factory photos of my WWII ground speed timer?

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    Re: 1938 Hamilton strap (with watch)

    Incidently, the Army bought hundreds of thousands of those 5/8 inch wide pigskin bands for the A-11 and Ordnance watches, they turn up NOS every now and again.
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    Re: 1938 Hamilton strap (with watch)

    Photos are from Elgin, but many of their designs and production wartime pieces look identical to Hamilton's and others because of the military specifications. I do not know if Elgin ever produced the chronometer that looks identical to the Hamilton 21 the Mil. spec was written from.

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