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    Soon to Arrive: 1970-1972 Hamilton Electronic

    Last night I finally managed to get a nice condition Hamilton Electronic watch that has both a early ESA Dynotron movement (9154) and a stainless steel case

    I have several of the later Dynotron 9158 watches but not a early one and all my ESA Dynotrons are in gold plated cases.

    It looks pretty clean and has a screw down caseback


    Once I get it(hopefully Friday or Sat) I will take my own pics but for now, here is some of the seller's

    If the expansion band fits me well then I am going to leave it on because it looks period and because it is a fitted(18mm) band and it is a steel case, it will not gauge the case.
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    Re: Soon to Arrive: 1970-1972 Hamilton Electronic

    Nice. Was watching that one, but had recently wiped out the budget on another purchase.

    Can't decide between saving and splurging on a Dynotron or cheaping out on a Timex Electronic or Dynabeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by odd_and_vintage_fan View Post
    Nice. Was watching that one, but had recently wiped out the budget on another purchase.

    Can't decide between saving and splurging on a Dynotron or cheaping out on a Timex Electronic or Dynabeat.
    Nothing wrong with a Timex Electronic or Dynabeat. I have had several and all have come back to life with just a new battery and a slap.

    I wanted a Dynotron in a stainless steel case

    There is a few Electronic options besides the Dynotron

    1. Citizen Cosmotron
    2. Seiko EL / ELNIX
    3. Stellaris/ LeGant

    Stellaris and LeGant were department store brands that were sold with electronic, automatic and manual wind movements

    The electronic movements in these watches were ether Seiko Electronic movements( if it has the crown at 2 oclock) or a Dynotron
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    Re: Soon to Arrive: 1970-1972 Hamilton Electronic

    Thanks for the advice. Those three are all on the radar, including the Caravelles with the rebranded Citizen movement.

    If I got a Stellaris electronic, I'd try for the ones with the Dynotron inside and the removable caseback. My understanding is the ones with a Seiko movement need a crystal puller to do anything past change the battery.

    After everyone's advice after wearing out my Landeron, though, the more thrifty Timex ones have a certain appeal. That or I need to convince Mrs. odd_and_vintage_fan to up my hobby budget. Still, I'm early in the collecting hobby and have to remind myself that the "museum piece" box is healthy and there are a lot of years left to collect.

    Just a lovely simplicity to the 9154 movement. Everything visible with plenty of space between where you need to put a tool to change the battery or adjust timekeeping and anything that can get damaged by a slip of said tool.
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    Re: Soon to Arrive: 1970-1972 Hamilton Electronic

    That's a beautiful watch? Are the batteries hard to come by on those electrics?

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    Re: Soon to Arrive: 1970-1972 Hamilton Electronic

    Quote Originally Posted by todtracy View Post
    That's a beautiful watch? Are the batteries hard to come by on those electrics?

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    From what I've read and seen in the few I own, most of them have a modern equivalent, with the occasional nylon spacer needed to prevent electrical shorts. Only a few early Accutrons have issues with the voltage difference between the modern battery and the original version.
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    Wow, looks to be in beautiful condition! Congrats, and wear in good health!

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    Re: Soon to Arrive: 1970-1972 Hamilton Electronic

    Quote Originally Posted by journeyforce View Post
    Last night I finally managed to get a nice condition Hamilton Electronic watch that has both a early ESA Dynotron movement (9154) and a stainless steel case


    I have several of the later Dynotron 9158 watches but not a early one and all my ESA Dynotrons are in gold plated cases.


    It looks pretty clean and has a screw down caseback




    Once I get it(hopefully Friday or Sat) I will take my own pics but for now, here is some of the seller's


    If the expansion band fits me well then I am going to leave it on because it looks period and because it is a fitted(18mm) band and it is a steel case, it will not gauge the case.
    She's a beaut!

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    Caravelles with the rebranded Citizen movement.
    Caravelle's also came with the ESA movements.
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    Re: Soon to Arrive: 1970-1972 Hamilton Electronic

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    There's the Caravelle "Transistorized" models. This one above I've owned for years, and used to be a nice runner until a battery latch screw head broke. I've been trying various fixes and they haven't quite worked out. One of these days I'll acquire the correct replacement screw and see if it'll run consistently again.

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    Re: Soon to Arrive: 1970-1972 Hamilton Electronic

    That is very nice! Looks almost or is mint. Very nice!!
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