Hamilton GI Watch - May 1985
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Hamilton GI Watch - May 1985

You can't get much more iconic than the General Issue, or "GI" wristwatch. Produced since the 1960s, these simple spec. watches were fashioned by a handful of American manufacturers for American servicemen. Many of these timepieces were used extensively - forged in the infernos by the heroes that wore them. Sometimes, a like-new version surfaces, pulled from a footlocker or a forgotten cache, and is brought back into action.

That is exactly what we have here. This watch, from 1985, features luminous paints on the dial and hands, and fixed spring bars.

While Timex was producing these same MIL-W watches in plastic cases, Hamilton, who had been among the first to win the military contract in 1964, continued to fashion theirs from corrosion-resistant steel.

With a simple 17-jewel manual-wind movement and the spartan military styling, these timekeepers are the perfect companions for everything from everyday wear to fighting battles in dank jungles.

Details

Corrosion-resistant steel case is approximately 34mm (excluding crown). Dates to May 1985.

Overall condition: Watch is in very good condition over all with only very light wear marks. Original dial and hands are clean and carry a lovely patina. Original unsigned crown.

Includes two 18mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.

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