Vintage Hamilton vs Vintage Certina
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    Vintage Hamilton vs Vintage Certina

    Hi, I am looking at buying my first vintage watch. For a ca. 1950-1970 vintage watch, between these two brands which one would you chose?

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    Re: Vintage Hamilton vs Vintage Certina

    It soooo much depends on the individual watch. There are beauties and bears in both brands. I'd happily look at both. If I were planning on collecting ONLY one brand, then Hamilton, just because of the shear volume and variety.
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    Re: Vintage Hamilton vs Vintage Certina

    Over here in Sweden I would say Certina as we just don't have Hamilton watches but a lot of Certina.

    Certina DS and DS-2 models are all the rage right now so take a look at them.

    In Swedish but a lot of nice DS watches.
    https://klocksnack.se/threads/certin...2%80%9D.42119/

    Just a lot of Certina watches.
    https://klocksnack.se/threads/vintage-certina.29972/

    Also take a look at Tissot.

    I just finnished restoring 2 PR-516 GL models and they are fantastic.
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    Re: Vintage Hamilton vs Vintage Certina

    From the mid-1950s you'll find a lot of Hamilton automatic watches using Certina/Kurth Frčres movements. Hamilton did not have in-house produced auto movements. You'll also find that from around this period and later they were using a variety of other Swiss movements (Buren, ETA, etc) along with some US-made Hamilton movements. For the models using Swiss movements I'd place them on much the same level as Certina in overall quality and a good example from either brand would be fine.
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    Re: Vintage Hamilton vs Vintage Certina

    Why not make this your first two vintage watch purchases? Learn as much as you can about both brands, and go from there!
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    Re: Vintage Hamilton vs Vintage Certina

    I like Certina watches alot but like Hamilton a lot more.

    Perhaps it is because Hamilton was an American company who made watches only a few miles away from where my family lived in PA. Perhaps it is the military connection (with the recent 75th anniversary of D-Day, how many of the greatest generation landed on the beaches of France with a rifle and a Hamilton watch as their trusty companions?)

    Or perhaps it is because collecting Hamilton watches in the USA is easier? If you go to thrift stores or yard sale in the USA long enough, odds are you will find a Hamilton watch in a short time. It is rare to find a Certina in the wild at a thrift store (Though I found a 7 year old DS quartz last year in one.)

    However you don't have to choose, a nice Certina and a nice Hamilton should not set you back much so grab one of both.
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    Re: Vintage Hamilton vs Vintage Certina

    In the USofA, it's easier to find vintage Hamiltons than vintage Certinas -who were not sold in the US to any great extent (still aren't!).
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    Re: Vintage Hamilton vs Vintage Certina

    So true.

    Certina tried after the war with the EA branded Certina watches in USA out of New York buy they a rare so if you find one pick it up.

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