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    Hamilton Lug Question

    I was able to pick up this Hamilton on eBay for $95. Itís in beautiful condition minus a scratched crystal. I believe itís the Rodney (1953) model with the Masonic dial. I have been reading up on it quite a bit and I found that the lug width is supposed to be 17mm or 18mm.

    When I measured the lugs, it appears to be about 16.5mm. The band itself is 16mm. Iím guessing the lugs might be slightly bent. My question is what size band should I go with? 16mm or try to squeeze a 17mm band in there? Thanks!
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    Re: Hamilton Lug Question

    Nice watch. A 17mm strap should fit on this watch.


    The lug width is 11/16

    The Great Lug Width Project. - Vintage Watch Forums

    The lugs look fine. Us Americans did not fully embrace millimeter lug widths until later.

    Hamilton also loved 11/16 or 17mm lugs and even into the 1990's there still were Hammy models with 17mm lugs.

    I am pretty sure an 18mm strap will squeeze on easy enough

    Remember to replace your springbars with new ones

    On my 1954 Hamilton K series watch which had this same wonky lug width, i was able to use 18mm springbars and straps

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    Re: Hamilton Lug Question

    Thank you! I can’t stop looking at it haha. I’m proud of it.

    I have an 18mm strap that I’ll try and see if it will fit. That would be great if it did. I tried to take off the existing strap and the bars holding it on do not want to come off! They don’t appear to be like a normal spring bar.

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    Re: Hamilton Lug Question

    They are regular springbars

    They are just infused with the essence of the former owner( aka wrist cheese/dead skin) and locked up.

    You may have to gently pry up on the two tabs on the underside of the band that are holding the band to the spring bars. The after the band is removed, take a pair of wire cutters and place them on the middle of the spring bar and cut the spring bar. Then remove the 2 pieces.

    I have had this happen to several vintage watches over the years.

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    Re: Hamilton Lug Question

    Back then, they didn't use mm, it was in inches. Just measure in mm and get the closest one. If your looking for a vintage bracelet or strap go with the inches.
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    Re: Hamilton Lug Question

    I gently pried the tabs up on the old bracelet and got it off. I then had to cut off the old spring bars. The measurement was 16.5mm almost exactly. I squeezed a 18mm band between the lugs, but it looked bad and bunched up. So I’m guessing 17mm is the way to go.

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    Well at least the band is off

    What size were the replacement springbars? The 18mm leather strap will settle down after wearing it for a while. The leather where the spring bar tends to shrink a bit after use.

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    Re: Hamilton Lug Question

    Unfortunately I couldn’t measure the old springbars. The metal was so soft that when I cut them, they flattened and expanded.

    I really had to work to get the 18mm to fit, and it looked like an over stuffed garbage bag when I got it on there. The springbars that came with the 18mm strap would not fit.

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