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All Original January 1981 Iran Hostage Crisis HAMILTON Military MIL-W-46374B (Standard US Armed Forces Issue)

This watch was SOLD on November 14, 2017 (Destination: New York, NY, U.S.A.).

 
hamilton military mil-w-46374b manual-wind watch
Gender: male
Year: 1981
Accessories: none
Crystal: acrylic
Dial/Face Width: 28 mm
Dial/Face Height: 28 mm
Movement: 7 jewels manual-wind
Case: stainless steel
Case Width: 34 mm without crown
Case Height: 42 mm with lugs
Serial Numbers on Back: MIL-W-46374B, 6645-00-952-3767, 39988, DLA-400-80-C-1018
Serial Numbers on Movement: 447 S.T.CO., Durowe INT Cal. 7420/4
Band: fabric
Band Width : 17 mm
Band Length: fits up to 8 in with case
 

This is an authentic American / German-made 1981 HAMILTON Military MIL-W-46374B Manual-Wind Watch.

  • 100% All Original HAMILTON Watch!
  • FEATURES: Standard & Military Hour Markers, Case Back with Military Marking, Preserved Black Tritium Dial & Hands
  • STAINLESS STEEL case, bezel, crown, back & clasp
  • FABRIC: band (moss/army green)
  1. Notes on the HANDS: the luminous filling has dimmed with age
  2. Notes on the HOUR MARKERS: the brightness of the luminous arrows has dimmed with age
  3. Notes on the BACK: shows tool marks
  4. Notes on MOVEMENT: hack setting no longer works

This watch keeps good time & is in good working condition! Add this to your collection of vintage quality timepieces!

The photos presented below are of the actual item for sale. Kindly study them carefully because what you see is what you will get. We try our best to describe watches as accurately as we can that's why we present them visually & literally. In case we missed a few points, you are welcome to ask questions.

hamilton military mil-w-46374b manual-wind watch

This "old soldier" HAMILTON Military Watch is remarkably well-preserved: the detailing on its dial has remained crisp/clear & it has retained all original manufactured/issued parts!

The 1980s were a time of active American military intervention around the world. A notable military action was the Middle East Involvement in support of Egypt & Israel, which further developed into The Iran Hostage Crisis.

The Iran Hostage Crisis was the seizure of the American Embassy in the Iranian capital of Tehran. It ended on January 20, 1981, the month & year when this HAMILTON Military Watch had been issued. The conclusion of the crisis was Jimmy Carter's final mission as 39th President of the United States.

hamilton military mil-w-46374b manual-wind watch

EXTERNAL/INTERNAL CONDITION: This watch is in *NEAR MINT condition (93-97%): Showing very light signs of wear. Very faint scratches on the case, bezel, bracelet or buckle are visible to the naked eye. It is working perfectly, keeping good time & needs nothing.

*condition descriptives mainly based on the Timezone Grading System
hamilton military mil-w-46374b manual-wind watch

frosted stainless steel case & bezel

matte black dial or face

hamilton military mil-w-46374b manual-wind watch

luminous-filled white-coated steel hands

Notes on the HANDS: the luminous filling has dimmed with age

painted white Standard & Military Hour Markers with corresponding luminous arrows

Notes on the HOUR MARKERS: the brightness of the luminous arrows has dimmed with age
hamilton military mil-w-46374b manual-wind watch

painted white radioactive symbol at 2 o'clock

painted white "H3" at 9 o'clock

H3 is Hydrogen-3 or Tritium, which is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen that glows in the dark! That's what make the hands of the watch glow. The watch has a few microcuries of H3 to make it glow without power.

[Ridenour, JWU.S. Army/Military • personal communication • October 26, 2012]

clearly-marked white grid

hamilton military mil-w-46374b manual-wind watch

original HAMILTON frosted stainless steel crown

original HAMILTON acrylic crystal

hamilton military mil-w-46374b manual-wind watch

original HAMILTON moss/army green fabric band

Band Length: fits up to 8 in with case

hamilton military mil-w-46374b manual-wind watch

stainless steel clasp

hamilton military mil-w-46374b manual-wind watch

frosted stainless steel case back. Markings are as follows:

  • WATCH,WRIST: GENERAL PURPOSE
  • MIL-W-46374B
  • HAMILTON
  • 6645-00-952-3767
  • MFG PART NO. 39988
  • DLA-400-80-C-1018
  • JAN 1981 (End of Iran Hostage Crisis)
  • DISPOSE RAD.WASTE
  • U.S.
Notes on the BACK: shows tool marks
We cannot guarantee the effectiveness of its waterproof closure because this watch is vintage
hamilton military mil-w-46374b manual-wind watch
hamilton military mil-w-46374b manual-wind watch

German-made Durowe INT 7 jewels manual-wind movement

Notes on MOVEMENT: hack setting no longer works
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