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    Beautiful vintage Hamilton 'Illinois'

    I was in a junk store in a small town in West Tennessee and asked the owner if he had any old watches. He reached under the counter and pulled out a shoebox with about 20 to 30 old watches; most without bands. Most were Timex from the 60s and 70s or other nameless junk watches. But one stood out--a bandless watch that wasn't running and didn't respond to a gently hand-wind. But it looked special, so I asked him how much for the Hamilton. He looked the watch over and said, $15. I immediately said, I'll take it, but I don't have $15. He said, no problem, I'll hold it for you. Two weeks went by and I went back to the store and sure enough, he still had it. I took it to a local Jewelry shop and had the guy 'take a look'. One week later I went back and got the watch from the Jeweler. I asked what he had to do? He said, I repaired it, replaced the crystal, cleaned it, adjusted it, oiled it, replaced the gasket and added a band. Total cost: $53.00. Amazing. I am so happy and pleased with this watch, I can hardly stand it.
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    Re: Beautiful vintage Hamilton 'Illinois'

    Wonderful!

    I have something similar from Gruen, but no photos atm.

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    Re: Beautiful vintage Hamilton 'Illinois'

    Really nice...didn't Benrus have a few that looked similar?

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    Re: Beautiful vintage Hamilton 'Illinois'

    Quote Originally Posted by baronrojo View Post
    Really nice...didn't Benrus have a few that looked similar?
    I don't remember Benrus having a dial power reserve. They certainly used a pointer power reserve (I have one). Be interested to see.

    They are a fun complication to collect, but I myself only have 2.
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    Re: Beautiful vintage Hamilton 'Illinois'

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    I don't remember Benrus having a dial power reserve. They certainly used a pointer power reserve (I have one). Be interested to see.

    They are a fun complication to collect, but I myself only have 2.
    Is that what that is? Oops...I thought it was a date complication.

    Which reminds me now...I recall seeing "parking meter" looking watches...in fact I think they were even referred to as parking meters. Does anyone have one or know if that was a power reserve as well? I wish I had a picture...I almost bought one but decided against it at the last minute.

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    Re: Beautiful vintage Hamilton 'Illinois'

    Quote Originally Posted by baronrojo View Post
    Is that what that is? Oops...I thought it was a date complication.

    Which reminds me now...I recall seeing "parking meter" looking watches...in fact I think they were even referred to as parking meters. Does anyone have one or know if that was a power reserve as well? I wish I had a picture...I almost bought one but decided against it at the last minute.
    Yes parking meter. They used a Durowe movement, I have one from Buren in very poor condition. Minutes only, no power reserve.

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    Re: Beautiful vintage Hamilton 'Illinois'

    Great looking watch and an excellent buy. Enjoy.

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    Re: Beautiful vintage Hamilton 'Illinois'

    What a great find!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy it!!!!!!!!

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    I've had this watch for about two weeks.
    When I picked up the watch, I asked if I could see the movement. The watchmaker gladly opened up the watch and showed me a pristine, no pitting, no marks of any kind, a truly minty movement. I was in awe. I even took a picture with my phone.

    And the best part is it has been dead-on in timekeeping. I have worn it everyday with no manual winding needed, and it is now within 2 minutes of the current time. That's after no adjustments over a two-week span. Amazing.

    Even though it's a smaller watch than I would have preferred, I love it. I just can't believe it's 60 years old. Amazing.

    Vintage watches rock.

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