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    Education on Vintage Hamilton Military Watches?

    Hi everyone!

    I'm doing some rearranging in my small watch collection, and will probably be getting rid of a modern Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical. I really appreciate the Hamilton brand, and like field watches, but there's I don't love this particular watch, so I'm going to pass it along to someone else.

    I'm wondering if perhaps in the future I might be able to get my hands on a vintage Hamilton field watch. My thinking is that I could get a watch by a brand I value, get a field watch back into my collection, and also get something a little unique with a cool story.

    But here's my problem: I don't know much about these watches, expect that they exist and there's a ton on eBay, with prices all over the map. My requirements for a watch I'd like to buy are pretty simple. As long as it looks decent and works well I'll be happy with it. Some non-original parts here or there (as long as they aren't glaring) wouldn't hinder my enjoyment of it.

    I was hoping that someone here might be able to teach me some of the basics as I start to learn about them, or point me to a source.

    What should I know?

    What should I plan to spend?

    Where should I look?

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    Re: Education on Vintage Hamilton Military Watches?

    Do you mean the gg-w-113, MIL-W-46374? Which model specifically?

    Here is a good reference for the MIL watches. This is not a full collector's guide but the detailed specifications.
    http://home.earthlink.net/%7ebrendo81/46374.html
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    Education on Vintage Hamilton Military Watches?

    I love my GG-W-113.

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    Re: Education on Vintage Hamilton Military Watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    Do you mean the gg-w-113, MIL-W-46374? Which model specifically?

    Here is a good reference for the MIL watches. This is not a full collector's guide but the detailed specifications.
    MIL-W-46374 MILITARY FIELD WATCHES
    Thanks! I just found that website a few minutes ago! It looks like a wealth of info.

    I'm really not sure which model specifically. Either one looks like it'd be great. I'm not after anything rare or special, just a good value.

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    Re: Education on Vintage Hamilton Military Watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrandonH79 View Post
    I love my GG-W-113.
    That looks awesome. Definitely in line with what I'm looking for.

    Is that particular model a good place to start? What's a reasonable price I could expect to pay for one in decent working order?

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