Hamilton MIL-W-46374B VS DW5600e

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    Hamilton MIL-W-46374B VS DW5600e

    Hi how is everyone going?
    I have just purches a Hamilton 46374B, a real military spec watch. It was issued to all US personel during the Vietnam War era. I throught it would be intresting to compare it to my Casio DW5600e (sorry no picture). After wearing the DW-5600e for so long the Hamilton (eveything else) seems small 41.5mm,33mm. It has a wind-up movement, which means that you have to wind it up for it to run no batterys. The Hamilton when new kepts time -/+ 10 sec a-day , the casio -/+ 15-30 sec amonth, that said the Hamilton has a really nice sweeping second hand. Nice movement compare to accuracy?, up to the individual. The Hamilton run for 48 hours on full wind while the DW 2 years. The Hamilton will survive an atomic blast and keeps on working while the DW will not. When the tritium is fully charged it glow very bright, very easy to read in the dark . Still when you compare that to the DW el light, Casio wins hands down. The more I compare the two the more clear it becomes. It is two Military watches from two total different era. I love how the 46374B is made by Hamilton and is rarely seen outside of the US. While the Dw is one of the most loved and used G-shock in the world. The Hamilton was use during the Vietnam War era ( I'm Vietnamese so there is a certain connection I have to it). The DW is a moden day military watch while the Hamilton Mil-W-46374B is a military watch from days gone by. I would with out doubt recommend both of these watches to eveyone in the mark for a cheap, reliable, and collectable military watches.
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    Re: Hamilton MIL-W-46374B VS DW5600e

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    Nice article! Is the Hamilton waterproof?
    Would be nice if you could add a pic of the two watches together...




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    Re: Hamilton MIL-W-46374B VS DW5600e

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanzemannetje
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    Nice article! Is the Hamilton waterproof?
    Would be nice if you could add a pic of the two watches together...




    Gtz H.
    Very nice picture, that is the same watch I have.You got one too?. I not to sure as it has no marking on the dail or case. I will try to find out
    Mike.

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    Re: Hamilton MIL-W-46374B VS DW5600e

    No i just picked the pic of the internet. I do not own such a watch.
    Maybe if I can find one in the future for a low price I will buy one, because it is an interesting watch.

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    Re: Hamilton MIL-W-46374B VS DW5600e

    Quote Originally Posted by Mick no:8
    The Hamilton will survive an atomic blast and keeps on working.
    I'd like to see details of the testing procedure...
    I used to list my watches here until I realised it ruined people's Google searches...

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    Re: Hamilton MIL-W-46374B VS DW5600e

    In the 50's and 60's the USA (and the USSR too) have tested the effect of atomic explosions on many many things, animals and even on people (sometimes without people realizing what they were taking part on). Army equipment including soldiers clothing and equipment was tested too. I think the atomic survival claim of the Hamilton has to do with the radiation resisting qualities, not surviving the actual blast, for most stuff simply melts or vaporises in the blast...
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    Re: Hamilton MIL-W-46374B VS DW5600e

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanzemannetje
    i think the atomic survival claim of the Hamilton ha sto do with the radiation resisting qualities, not surviving the actual blast, for most stuff simply melts in the blast...
    no, the heat wave which measures several hundred-thousand degrees celsius, even a few kilometers away from ground zero, (depends on the yield of the weapon of course) is the second lethal thing a nuclear weapon provides - along with the pressure. what the watch will survive is the EMP. any electronic driven device is immediately destroyed by the pulse if not shielded properly. a mechanical watch is invunerable to that.



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    Re: Hamilton MIL-W-46374B VS DW5600e

    Can these watches be obtained easily in the USA?
    They must have been produced in large amounts!
    I didn't find a lot of them on Ebay though.
    I want one!

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    Hi Hanzemannetje,

    You must have been here on the Resue Vlissingen 2006 this afternoon. Most policemen, firemen, DIvers, millitary and pilots were wearing vewry interesting watches (I have spotted a lot divers and G-Shock's there).

    I also bought 2 Maglite (2xAA model). They were just €11,- each, while you buy them in shops for €19,-!

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    Re: Hamilton MIL-W-46374B VS DW5600e

    Too bad that I've missed that indeed!
    Saw the program, lots of nice demonstrations.
    Was the some sort of market too, with survival and rescue stuff?

    Good deal on the Mags for you. I had a similar deal last year at a local hardware store, sold their Mag stock for half the prices. Got me some AAA Mags (the smallest) for almost nothing that I gave away now and then as small birthdaygifts.

    The Hamilton MIL-W just got my attention for the first time today. I like it when a watch has some sort of 'story'. I have the Pieter Doensen electronic watch book, has also lots of great electronic watch stories.

    Looks like the Hamilton is a pretty wearable watch, aspecially when you put a nice Zulu strap on it.

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