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 Post subject: Hamilton Quartz - Help with nfo
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:29 pm 
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Just picked this one up. I'm not much into vintage quartz but figured since it was Hamilton there would be interest. What can you tell me about it? Year, value, interest etc..

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 Post subject: Re: Hamilton Quartz - Help with nfo
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Looks like a somewhat modern Hamilton... maybe a Khaki Pioneer? Although I'm surprised that it's not printed on the dial.

What's on the back and/or in the packaging?

In any event, it looks like a nice pickup.

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 Post subject: Re: Hamilton Quartz - Help with nfo
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:18 pm 
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HandyDan wrote:
Looks like a somewhat modern Hamilton... maybe a Khaki Pioneer? Although I'm surprised that it's printed on the dial.

What's on the back and/or in the packaging?

In any event, it looks like a nice pickup.


Case back has 9715 Hamilton Watch Co. Lancaster Pa, water resistant stainless steel. Booklet has a reference to changing the battery and has Sept 89.
Strap looks to be orignal with Hamilton USA on it backside.

So, I guess it is from 1988 or so and must have been an early Khaki model.

I've also not tried to lift the caseback yet. Not sure if it screw down or snap. Not visible notch for prying.

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 Post subject: Re: Hamilton Quartz - Help with nfo
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That was called the "WWII AF", based on a (non-Hamilton) WWII case design. It was available through 1997, list price $245. I bought all their closeouts in 1998 and retailed them at $125. I sold about 40 of them in all. Nice watch; my wife still loves hers. I doubt it would have any collector value to speak of today.


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 Post subject: Re: Hamilton Quartz - Help with nfo
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hamiltonelectric wrote:
That was called the "WWII AF", based on a (non-Hamilton) WWII case design. It was available through 1997, list price $245. I bought all their closeouts in 1998 and retailed them at $125. I sold about 40 of them in all. Nice watch; my wife still loves hers. I doubt it would have any collector value to speak of today.


Nice, so is it a snap back or screw down caseback?

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 Post subject: Re: Hamilton Quartz - Help with nfo
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It's a snap back but it's very hard to open. You need a case opening tool that locks the case in position and then applies pressure on a thin blade evenly. See this: http://www.esslinger.com/watch-case-back-opener.aspx

If you try to use an ordinary case knife you'll gouge it up (or cut your hand) and still not get it open.

Closing it requires a press (http://www.esslinger.com/crystalpressca ... ation.aspx) to push down on the back evenly on all edges simultaneously, like a lot of modern quartz watches. It won't work by positioning one edge and snapping the opposite edge. It needs perfectly even pressure.

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hamiltonelectric wrote:
It's a snap back but it's very hard to open. You need a case opening tool that locks the case in position and then applies pressure on a thin blade evenly. See this: http://www.esslinger.com/watch-case-back-opener.aspx

If you try to use an ordinary case knife you'll gouge it up (or cut your hand) and still not get it open.

Closing it requires a press (http://www.esslinger.com/crystalpressca ... ation.aspx) to push down on the back evenly on all edges simultaneously, like a lot of modern quartz watches. It won't work by positioning one edge and snapping the opposite edge. It needs perfectly even pressure.



Thanks, I have a press but not the case opener. Next stop at the watchshop I'll ask them to pop it open so I can take a pic or two of the movment.

For now, its been cleaned and I'll follow with some leather conditioner to strap.

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