My first vintage

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My first vintage

Post by Masshole » May 15th 2021, 9:27am

Hey everyone,

After a-lot of searching around in the deep belly of watchlords, I came across the timelyclassics site that was posted. I checked the site out and narrowed my long search down to a 1940 longines, and a 70 year old Hammy. I chose the hammy. Big surprise. I think I’ll be back there to buy the longines. It was a difficult decision for sure
Please any and all thoughts welcomed. Thanks
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Re: My first vintage

Post by Masshole » May 15th 2021, 1:15pm

DoctorIvey wrote:
May 15th 2021, 12:33pm
I like it a lot. Looks like a Frogman except for the crown. Manual wind movement, right? 747? Did you get it yet? Does it need to be serviced? Inquiring minds, etc.
Says it’s fully serviced. Can you tell me what non hacking means? I haven’t a clue
I just ordered it today so I should have it in a week
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Re: My first vintage

Post by jason_recliner » May 15th 2021, 4:42pm

It's beautiful. Perfect patina on the dial and hands. Really cool if that oversized crown is original. Watch is too small to be a contender for me, unfortunately. And the seller's definition of mint condition is different to mine!
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Re: My first vintage

Post by Masshole » May 15th 2021, 5:02pm

jason_recliner wrote:
May 15th 2021, 4:42pm
It's beautiful. Perfect patina on the dial and hands. Really cool if that oversized crown is original. Watch is too small to be a contender for me, unfortunately. And the seller's definition of mint condition is different to mine!
I was debating on the size. Smallest I own now is the intra matic 40mm. This one is close to 39mm. I hope it’s not small for me
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Re: My first vintage

Post by Mark1 » May 15th 2021, 5:06pm

jason_recliner wrote:
May 15th 2021, 5:03pm
I think it's 31 mm. Lug to lug is probably 38 mm. That would be why the crown looks so huge.
I was thinking this also. Congrats on the watch.
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Re: My first vintage

Post by 3Flushes » May 15th 2021, 11:53pm

I had a cousin who was a career air traffic controller in the Navy who had a similar Hammy, could be the same one, but I can't be sure. When I asked him about the big crown, he told me that the guy he bought it from told him it was so the crown was easy to use while wearing gloves, and in wet, muddy, or otherwise disagreeable field conditions. Couldn't tell you if it's true or not, but my guess is that the crown is original. The military is very specific about specs for everything made for them. Given the sub seconds dial, I'd also guess it was issued to officers.

The crown is likely slightly more proportional than pictured as the pic appears to have been taken at a slightly wide angle focal length, perhaps the equivalent of a 35mm lens on a 35mm camera, making the crown appear larger.

From the reference section of the 3F watch library:
https://vintage-hamilton-wristwatches.c ... movements/

Off to a good start, man; nice catch.
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Re: My first vintage

Post by Masshole » May 16th 2021, 6:52am

3Flushes wrote:
May 15th 2021, 11:53pm
I had a cousin who was a career air traffic controller in the Navy who had a similar Hammy, could be the same one, but I can't be sure. When I asked him about the big crown, he told me that the guy he bought it from told him it was so the crown was easy to use while wearing gloves, and in wet, muddy, or otherwise disagreeable field conditions. Couldn't tell you if it's true or not, but my guess is that the crown is original. The military is very specific about specs for everything made for them. Given the sub seconds dial, I'd also guess it was issued to officers.

The crown is likely slightly more proportional than pictured as the pic appears to have been taken at a slightly wide angle focal length, perhaps the equivalent of a 35mm lens on a 35mm camera, making the crown appear larger.

From the reference section of the 3F watch library:
https://vintage-hamilton-wristwatches.c ... movements/

Off to a good start, man; nice catch.
Wow. Thanks for the great read. This watch movement has a lot of history. That’s what I was shooting for in my first vintage. I’m loving the history behind all these vintage watches I’ve been looking at. Great stuff
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Re: My first vintage

Post by smellody » May 16th 2021, 7:33am

Very cool! I had a NOS case and NOS dialnfor one of these. I could never find the right donor movement. The case was a in a cardboard box with lots of government writing.

Well done jumping into the world of vintage. Next stop is vintage Rolex!

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Re: My first vintage

Post by smellody » May 16th 2021, 10:47am

Masshole wrote:
May 16th 2021, 9:11am
smellody wrote:
May 16th 2021, 7:33am
Very cool! I had a NOS case and NOS dialnfor one of these. I could never find the right donor movement. The case was a in a cardboard box with lots of government writing.

Well done jumping into the world of vintage. Next stop is vintage Rolex!

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Re: My first vintage

Post by MKTheVintageBloke » May 16th 2021, 6:19pm

Collecting vintage watches is wonderful. And addictive. I know a thing or two about that.

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That covers most of them. Oh, and since we're talking of vintage milwatches, I have this on its way to me... A D-stamped (issued to the Luftwaffe) Doxa in a full steel case, in the least common dial version. Pics from my buddy, who sold it to me:
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Re: My first vintage

Post by Masshole » May 20th 2021, 8:43am

Hey guys,

Well I’m out of luck on this one. Lesson learned I should have reached out to you guys BEFORE I purchased the watch.
After speaking with Ron over at timely, he let me know the watch is in fact 31mm. That’s just way to small for me.
So I’m back to the grind in search of a perfect vintage for myself. I do find the hunt to be fun though. I’m picking up on things I never knew.
So thank you all for taking the time to post advice. Much appreciated
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Re: My first vintage

Post by codguy » May 20th 2021, 12:12pm

Masshole wrote:
May 20th 2021, 8:43am
Lesson learned I should have reached out to you guys BEFORE I purchased the watch.
You won't find a more honest group of haters anywhere on this planet, many have been there/done that.

Nope, we are not going to stroke your ego (congrats, me likey, wear that bad boy in gud health, seventy-two likes, etc). If it's something some of us would shy away from, you'll hear it here first.


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Re: My first vintage

Post by Masshole » May 20th 2021, 12:48pm

codguy wrote:
May 20th 2021, 12:12pm
Masshole wrote:
May 20th 2021, 8:43am
Lesson learned I should have reached out to you guys BEFORE I purchased the watch.
You won't find a more honest group of haters anywhere on this planet, many have been there/done that.

Nope, we are not going to stroke your ego (congrats, me likey, wear that bad boy in gud health, seventy-two likes, etc). If it's something some of us would shy away from, you'll hear it here first.


------------------> I only wish others here would have steered me away from the multiple Russian brides I now regret purchasing.


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Thank you. Great group of people here.
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Re: My first vintage

Post by MKTheVintageBloke » May 20th 2021, 4:57pm

In case Smells' Rolexes can't convince you 31mm is OK...

32mm:
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Also 32mm...
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Oh, look, another 32mm!
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And it's raining 32mm watches!
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Why, look at that, 28mm!
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And another 28mm!
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Ain't buying' the "too small" talk.
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