Hamilton GI MIL-W-4637 Nov 1982
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Hamilton GI MIL-W-4637 Nov 1982

The MIL-W-46374 U.S., ordered by the Department of Defense in 1964 for the ramp-up to Vietnam, was designed to resist the exposure that combat in inhospitable environments presented. Built from a corrosion-resistant steel, the uni-body case excelled at protecting the movement from debris, moisture, and shock. The spartan dial design, reminiscent of the Rolex Explorer I dial, was daubed with Tritium luminous paint to be legible in low and modified light conditions.  

Although the mechanical G.I. watch was produced under contract by a number of manufactures (Hamilton and Benrus, most notably), and went through a handful of modifications during its war-time production, it remained virtually unchanged during the 30 or so years it was made: a testament to its stalwart form-follows-function engineering.  

One version of the GI watch, the MIL-W-46374 U.S. differed from the MIL-W-3818B/GG-W-113 GI watch in that it was designed for the boots on the ground. Instead of a hacking movement, these watches featured a simple, non-hacking 7-jewel manual-wind movement and the radium symbol on the dial. Nevertheless, this watch has all the iconic military styling of its brethren.

This particular example was produced by Hamilton in November 1982 and is the perfect companion for everything from everyday wear to fighting battles in dank jungles.

Details

Parkerized steel case is approximately 33mm (excluding crown). MIL-W-4637. 7-jewel manually-wound movement. Circa November 1982.

Overall Condition: Parkerized steel case is in excellent condition with sharp lugs and no signs of overpolishing. Black dial is in very good condition with some signs of age, including patina to the luminescent elements of the hour markers and syringe hands. Unsigned crown. Signed case back has some signs of wear but is in otherwise very good condition.

Includes two 18mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle

SKU: TT01151

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