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    Default Picked this Hamilton deck watch up over the weekend

    Whilst it looks good and is runing well I am not sure if the crown is right. Any experts hovering at the bar care to comment if they have a moment, cheers


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    No problem with the crown, but the minutes and hours hands are not the right ones!

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    The crown looks original to me
    It's the hands which are wrong as has been mentioned.
    Compare it to one of mine, I've got three or four of them
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    Oh bugger, I missed the hands, so concerned about the crown being wrong I totally overlooked the hands, shouldn't be too hard to find a set? Great advertising references there Papazulu, thanks for that.

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    Finding NOS hands is no problem, ...advertising, I've got more if needed

    I know watchdoc has some
    http://watchdoc.tripod.com/miscellaneous_parts.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by papazulu View Post
    Finding NOS hands is no problem, ...advertising, I've got more if needed

    I know watchdoc has some
    http://watchdoc.tripod.com/miscellaneous_parts.htm

    Regards
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    Thanks for the link Jimmy, he is unfortunately out of hands at the moment but what a great shop for other US military watch parts, added to favourites

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    I'm pretty sure Larry has them, he likely has an nos crown as well. He's a super nice guy to deal with:

    http://www.hamiltonparts.com

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    Thanks Borgmaal, you have just jogged my memory, I bought some Hamilton parts off Larry a few years ago and he was great, I had lost his details but now I have re connected, fingers crossed

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    Congrats. I have also bought a Hamilton part from Larry before hope he has those hands. It's not a deck watch it was used for aerial navigation. See that metal outer case Jimmy posted that was a antimagnetic case plus to protect it from flack damage and spring loaded for shock resistance.

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    Thanks RR
    Larry has the hands so that's good and I have now added to the parts needed list a balance staff because in my enthusiasm of unscrewing the back cover whilst standing and not sitting at my work bench I managed to drop the thing on to the deck, yea, dum ass, should know better. Anyway, that's another $25 to the cost, so got off lightly and it's apparently an easy clip out / clip in replacement job, we will see lol.

    Interesting re it not being a deck watch but solely for aerial work, I must track down on of those outer cases.


    Quote Originally Posted by river rat View Post
    Congrats. I have also bought a Hamilton part from Larry before hope he has those hands. It's not a deck watch it was used for aerial navigation. See that metal outer case Jimmy posted that was a antimagnetic case plus to protect it from flack damage and spring loaded for shock resistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T5AUS View Post
    Thanks RR
    Larry has the hands so that's good and I have now added to the parts needed list a balance staff because in my enthusiasm of unscrewing the back cover whilst standing and not sitting at my work bench I managed to drop the thing on to the deck, yea, dum ass, should know better. Anyway, that's another $25 to the cost, so got off lightly and it's apparently an easy clip out / clip in replacement job, we will see lol.

    Interesting re it not being a deck watch but solely for aerial work, I must track down on of those outer cases.
    Your not the only dumb ass I dropped a few were the balance staff needed repair and it cost me more since I had a watchmaker do the work.

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    You think you're dumbasses? well beat this, I waited for ages to get a Hamilton model 21 Marine Chronometer...When it got here, I unpacked it, unscrewed the glass/bezel, turned it upside down and the f###### innards fell on the floor, breaking every pivot, staff, jewel and what ever else... It still isn't finished yet after 1 1/2 years...I nearly cried!

    It says AF on your case as it says here;


    Oh, and by the way, the British used the 3992B as deck watches !



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    Jimmy I can feel your pain on the model 21 chronometer

    Quote Originally Posted by papazulu View Post
    You think you're dumbasses? well beat this, I waited for ages to get a Hamilton model 21 Marine Chronometer...When it got here, I unpacked it, unscrewed the glass/bezel, turned it upside down and the f###### innards fell on the floor, breaking every pivot, staff, jewel and what ever else... It still isn't finished yet after 1 1/2 years...I nearly cried!

    It says AF on your case as it says here;


    Oh, and by the way, the British used the 3992B as deck watches !




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    Ouch on the model 21. I have no qualms about servicing a Hamilton Elgin 37500, but I'm terrified every time I touch my model 21.

    It's a friction fit staff, but not an easy clip in/clip out repair process. You'd need, at minimum, a staking set to replace it.

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    Nice to know that I am not alone in club "dumb ass"
    I will probably get the guys at my local NAWCC to help with my staff replacement, there are a couple of specialists there who I think have the right tools

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