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    My fathers watches

    Visiting my parents this week, my dad just showed me these two watches he has but never wears because they are in various states of disrepair. Thought you guys might be interested.

    If anyone has any information about either of these two watches I would very much appreciate any knowledge you might have about the movements etc. I don’t have the tools to open the cases or I would include pictures of that as well.

    The first is a Hamilton from the late 1950s. From the old Hamilton catalogs I believe it is the “Thin-o-matic” model (?) Note the inscription on the back from my mom.

    The second is a Girard Perregeaux. Maybe the “Gyromatic” model? Missing the crown.

    He had sent these for repair but they got returned with a note saying that parts are unavailable. I will take them to my (third generation) watchmaker who has cabinets and cabinets of old parts to see if he can repair them for him.










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    Thanks for sharing - it's great to have these heirlooms passed down. Please post more photos when you get them open.

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    The second is a Girard Perregeaux. Maybe the “Gyromatic” model?
    Since it says GYROMATIC on the dial, that seems like a good bet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    Thanks for sharing - it's great to have these heirlooms passed down. Please post more photos when you get them open.



    Since it says GYROMATIC on the dial, that seems like a good bet.
    Ha! Good point! Posted the pic without looking at it again


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    Many of the gyromatic have a GP32a (a.k.a. Zodiac 72) or related movement which was a multi-company project so there's a possibility of finding parts by cannabilizing o ther movements- that's how my watchmaker was able to repair the failed mainspring in my dad's 1968 GP which is housed in a sealed barrel.Name:  IMG_0153.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaDTempo View Post
    Many of the gyromatic have a GP32a (a.k.a. Zodiac 72) or related movement which was a multi-company project so there's a possibility of finding parts by cannabilizing o ther movements- that's how my watchmaker was able to repair the failed mainspring in my dad's 1968 GP which is housed in a sealed barrel.Name:  IMG_0153.JPG
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    I don't think the Hamilton is a Thin-o-matic. Usually they say Thin-o-matic on the dial. (Though I could be wrong on this.)


    I suspect it is from another automatic line. I also suspect it has a microrotor movement (probably a 666 movement)


    While microrotors are cool looking, they can be a repair nightmare.


    I hope you can get those old watches running again
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    Quote Originally Posted by journeyforce View Post
    I don't think the Hamilton is a Thin-o-matic. Usually they say Thin-o-matic on the dial. (Though I could be wrong on this.)


    I suspect it is from another automatic line. I also suspect it has a microrotor movement (probably a 666 movement)


    While microrotors are cool looking, they can be a repair nightmare.


    I hope you can get those old watches running again
    Thanks, I’ll let you know once I get it open. If it is a Cal 666 perhaps I should take it to a priest instead of a watchmaker?

    PS The reference I saw was on p.20 of their 1959 catalog, model T-400:

    http://vintagewatchforums.com/viewto...aeffa430ee2ad6





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    Lovely watches, If it was me i'd try to have them both fixed just because they were your farthers. I have a Zodiac that use that movement, it runs at around +/- 10 seconds per day, thats good enough for me:)
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