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Of any of Hamiltons vintage classics not featured in ther current "American Classic series" which would you like to see added.

My choice would be an updated and automatic version of the Oakmont.

I'd also like to see more of the Classic Series available in automatic versions.



 

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I'd like to see an automatic Boulton. They make a large quartz version, but I'd love a large automatic version. If memory serves me correct, the Boulton was one of their best selling watches. It's so vintage standard. I love it.
 

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The Piping Rock - maybe the handsomest Hamilton of them all, in my opinion.

A few years ago there was a Piping Rock reissue.
I believe it was a limited edition.
Unfortunately it was quartz.
IMHO these vintage reissues just don't look right with the second hand ticking away once /second.

Am automatic Piping Rock , Boulton or Oakmont would be great.

Unfortunately there are a select few of us who would be interested!

BTW-tomorrow will be 3 days of continuous wear for the Brooke.
What a cool watch to wear!!
 

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Hamilton made replica Piping Rocks from the late 1980s to the late 1990s. There were a number of variations -- white, rose, or yellow plate; silver, black or gray dials etc. Most were quartz but they did make some with a Swiss 17J mechanical movement. They were very nicely done and looked like the originals -- which is to say, a bit small. But here's a variation that they made for only a year or so, that was actually quite large:



I think this one may have simply been ahead of its time. It was considered too big in the early 1990s, today it would be a popular size. Obviously it's not a replica but it's a very nice reinterpretation. It was only made in a quartz version, however.
 

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Thanks for the info Rene.

I'd love to get a hold of the mechanical Hamilton replica.

IMHO the chrono version,quartz or otherwise, looks out of place.
 

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One of their Classic RR pocket watches, crown at 3o'clock, lugs at 12 and 6. A 912 would probably be the right size on a thick leather strap!

Has anyone ever heard of someone turning an existing poacket watch into a wristwatch?

If were innovative I would design a strap that would carry a pocket watch on the wrist.
 

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Common practice before wristwatches. Brendan Fraser wore one in the film "The Mummy"

Actually wristwatches were frowned upon because they seemed too feminine. Pocket watches were used until the Army needed to provide soldiers with something that they didn't have to pull out of their pockets and look down, thus making them suceptible to enemy fire.
 

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Has anyone ever heard of someone turning an existing poacket watch into a wristwatch?
Yup. Roland Murphy, the genius behind RGM watches. He makes stunning wristwatches using Hamilton 917, 921 and 923 movements. The ones that excite me are his skeletonized versions:





I wish they weren't so expensive, I'd love to have one....

Here's a link to the rest of the pocket/wrist watch collection:
http://www.rgmwatches.com/222.html

FWIW, Roland worked for Hamilton in the early 1980s. I first met him there in 1982, when they were still operating out of the old R&D building behind the original factory in Lancaster. Roland is a great watchmaker and true artisan who deserves all the positive press he gets in the enthusiast magazines (practically every issue, it seems!).
 

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When I lived in New Orleans, bus drivers, until some time in the nineties, had to use a company-approved pocket watches for keeping time.

Many of the drivers wore their pocket watches on their wrists using straps such as the one shown.

I can find no modern example anywhere on the internet. It makes me wonder if the drivers had them made individually or if someone locally produced them in small numbers for that market.
 

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I have always thought that the RGM watches using the original Hamilton movements were the final bridge to the "American Brand"

I love the Swatch group modern Hamiltons but only RGM still can lay claim to true Made In USA heritage.
 
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