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    Hamilton 64028-4 repair advice

    Hi all, first post and what not. I've been reading here while looking for a new watch when it dawned on me that this would be an ideal place to get advice regarding a vintage Hamilton 64028-4 that is in need of repair.

    The watch was my great-grandfather's and when he passed, it was handed down to my father. My father gave it to me quite a few years ago; I wore it a couple times and promptly cracked the crystal somehow. I had it repaired, but as a teenager who didn't know better, I took it to the closest watch repair shop. They did a terrible job - pretty sure it was treated to a plastic crystal, which fell off while I was wearing it a couple months later. I didn't notice it until later and at that point the second hand had been damaged. This was almost 20 years ago, now.

    Anyway, fast forward to today. The damaged second hand has since fallen off. The movement still works - yesterday I pulled it out of a drawer and moved it back and forth for about 2 minutes. The sweet, sweet sound of ticking was clearly heard.

    The watch isn't necessarily my style, but obviously it holds a great deal of sentimental value even in disrepair as it is now. Now that I'm 6 months into fatherhood myself, I'm coming to realize all these little things in life that are important. Anyway, I'd like to get the watch repaired and I want to do it the right way this time.

    Any advice from the people here would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!





    P.S. - please disregard the el crappo pleather band. Like I said, I didn't know better.

    P.P.S. - I have done some reading on this watch and I know that it was a European-only release. I'm sure my great grandfather picked it up during a trip to Europe at some point. They traveled quite often during the 60's.
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    Re: Hamilton 64028-4 repair advice

    The links and articles section has a thread on how to locate watchmakers. If you want help from the members, saying where in PA you are would be useful.
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    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Hamilton 64028-4 repair advice

    Not entirely sure how you know I'm in PA since I don't have that in my profile anywhere, but I'm in the Philly suburbs.

    I'll take a look at the links and articles section. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

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    Re: Hamilton 64028-4 repair advice

    Quote Originally Posted by lactardjosh View Post
    Not entirely sure how you know I'm in PA since I don't have that in my profile anywhere, but I'm in the Philly suburbs.

    I'll take a look at the links and articles section. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
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    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Hamilton 64028-4 repair advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    Moderators have awesome powers
    Fair enough. Although it could be said that I didn't necessarily want people to know where I lived which is why I didn't include it anywhere publicly visible. I'm new here, but not to boards like this and I don't feel it's appropriate for a moderator to use/abuse his or her power in that way. That being said, clearly it's not all that big a deal since I mention where I am located in my next post.

    Anyway, thanks for your advice. I found a reputable watchmaker nearby and will send it in for an estimate.

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    Re: Hamilton 64028-4 repair advice

    Quote Originally Posted by lactardjosh View Post
    Fair enough. Although it could be said that I didn't necessarily want people to know where I lived which is why I didn't include it anywhere publicly visible. I'm new here, but not to boards like this and I don't feel it's appropriate for a moderator to use/abuse his or her power in that way. That being said, clearly it's not all that big a deal since I mention where I am located in my next post.

    Anyway, thanks for your advice. I found a reputable watchmaker nearby and will send it in for an estimate.
    My apologies. WUS deliberately does not ask for PII (personally identifiable information) as part of its registration. But everyone has an IP and you asked for a response which is location sensitive. It seemed like an appropriate use not an abuse of moderator abilities. Again, apologies since it bothered you. I did not mean to offend.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Hamilton 64028-4 repair advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    My apologies. WUS deliberately does not ask for PII (personally identifiable information) as part of its registration. But everyone has an IP and you asked for a response which is location sensitive. It seemed like an appropriate use not an abuse of moderator abilities. Again, apologies since it bothered you. I did not mean to offend.
    No worries. You didn't really offend me and I really don't mind too much - as I said, I narrowed my location down even further within the state. I was just caught off guard and surprised. Thanks for apologizing.

    I truly do appreciate your advice and I had totally missed the finding a watchmaker thread. I was able to speak to a watchmaker about an hour from me and while they do not specialize in vintage Hamiltons, they do vintage work. They won't attempt to do any repairs if they aren't comfortable with it. I wasn't able to find any relatively local watchmakers specializing in vintage Hamiltons. If anyone here knows of any watchmakers in the Philadelphia area that specializes in Hamiltons, please share. I'd rather keep it local than send it too far away.

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    Re: Hamilton 64028-4 repair advice

    It is my observation watchmakers who do winders or automatics can do almost any winders or automatics. You really only need to find a specialist if you need work on old fusees or tuning forks or relatively arcane movements like that.

    Some watchmakers do not like doing major rehab work. But that is often more because they can't make money at it. I dropped in on my watchmaker and found him repairing a 1980s 50-some jeweled chronograph (LWO283). Several members reported they could find no one to work on these. My watchmaker said it was not that hard, just time consuming. Indeed it took a day and a half and he lost money only charging $750... so he now says they are beyond him when folks bring him that work today.

    I can get him to do such work but I NEVER complain about how long it takes. I drop off the work and don't even ask when I can pick it up... he likes that. We have an understanding.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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