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    Looking to buy my first vintage watch

    I have my heart set on a Hamilton.

    Electric, automatic or manual wind.

    A model which has a modern equivalent would be ideal.

    Any feedback is appreciated.

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    Hi pjviitas,

    Certainly a great watch company founded in 1892 with a long history of watch production. You say, electric, automatic or manual so you looking for a watch by making some very broad brush strokes across the Hamilton production range.

    My advice would be to research as many Hamilton models as possible and try to narrow it down to a few specifics. Often others post a watch here to get a little feedback before they commit to a bid or purchase and I would suggest the same.

    Here's a little reading...

    Hamilton Watch Company - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Chronomatic - Watch Wiki, The Best Watches And Watch Brands

    Rene Rondeau - History Of The Hamilton Electric

    Regards,

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    Re: Looking to buy my first vintage watch

    Late 60s/early70s Hamilton Intramatic 30 jewel micro rotor automatic is an option. Hamilton has a modern version that is quite popular. Electrics are cool but seems like Its hard to find many that work and they can be costly to fix. All American Hamilton manuals from the 40s thru 60s are classic but not sure about modern equivalents.

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    Re: Looking to buy my first vintage watch

    Some inspiration for you.
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    Re: Looking to buy my first vintage watch

    Quote Originally Posted by James A View Post
    Hi pjviitas,

    Certainly a great watch company founded in 1892 with a long history of watch production. You say, electric, automatic or manual so you looking for a watch by making some very broad brush strokes across the Hamilton production range.

    My advice would be to research as many Hamilton models as possible and try to narrow it down to a few specifics. Often others post a watch here to get a little feedback before they commit to a bid or purchase and I would suggest the same.

    Here's a little reading...

    Hamilton Watch Company - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Chronomatic - Watch Wiki, The Best Watches And Watch Brands

    Rene Rondeau - History Of The Hamilton Electric

    Regards,
    I have already poured over the Wikipedia link on the Hamilton Watch Company. I used it as a an outline for my research. Someone should write a book or a screenplay about how Hamilton was the American watch company that tried like no other company on the planet to maneuver its plan for global watch domination to fruition.

    Your link on the Chronomatic...the story just keeps on getting better.

    I have already read the link on the Electrics and have kind of already fell in love with them. These watches where such a leap into the future...followed by an attempt to leap even further into the future with Pulsar line. This story simply breaks my heart.

    In any event...thank you for your feedback.
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    Re: Looking to buy my first vintage watch

    ...and here's my electric. They are easy to fall in love with and a terrific chapter in the history of the wristwatch.



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    Re: Looking to buy my first vintage watch

    Do you think this one will get me started...its on ebay.
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    Re: Looking to buy my first vintage watch

    Quote Originally Posted by pjviitas View Post
    Do you think this one will get me started...its on ebay.
    Absolutely

    Hamilton Railroad Special - Electric Watches

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    Re: Looking to buy my first vintage watch

    On Hamiltons, 2 great places to check out:

    vintagewatchforums.com
    hamiltonchronicles.com

    Everything you'd ever want to know about that brand - I've had quite an education from both of those sites over the last year and a half.

    I've been collecting Hamiltons as well as some Elgins.

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    Re: Looking to buy my first vintage watch

    Quote Originally Posted by leibo View Post
    On Hamiltons, 2 great places to check out:

    vintagewatchforums.com
    hamiltonchronicles.com

    Everything you'd ever want to know about that brand - I've had quite an education from both of those sites over the last year and a half.

    I've been collecting Hamiltons as well as some Elgins.
    So I purchased the above watch for $285.

    The description was as follows:
    Hamilton Electric Railroad Approved Gent’s Wrist Watch
    U.S.; Hamilton; Man’s; Circa: 1960’s
    STYLE: The length lug-to-lug is 40 mm width 36 mm without a crown and the case thickness is 8 mm.
    CASE: The yellow-gold-filled round case features oversized lugs and screw back.
    BAND: The band is standard leather.
    DIAL: This off white dial displays Arabic numerals, minute/5-minute tracks, baton hands, and center sweep seconds.
    MOVT: This electric movement is stem-set and is signed.
    C 3 (Case is in Very Good Condition)
    D 3 (Dial is in Very Good Condition)
    M 3 (Movement is in Very Good Condition)
    R 8 (Rarity on a scale of #10 being very common to #10 being extremely rare)
    Experts Opinion: Another railroad wrist but this one is by Hamilton. CAT164-49

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