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Hamilton Pilots Chrono Military Issued

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Hamilton Pilots Chrono Military Issued / Royal Navy 1972, Val. 7733

This is a pilots chrono issued by the British Royal Navy in 1972. The caseback markings are 0552, signifying Royal Navy. If you find one marked marked 6BB, it means Royal Air Force issued, and 6645-99 if Royal Australian Navy issued. It features the classic 39-40mm asymmetric case with fixed bars, and robust manual wind Valjoux 7733 movement.

I’m no military watch expert, and if you wish to read up on these watches, there is no better place than a superb article on Worn and Wound.. here is an excerpt from the article..

“In the early 1970s, while the United States maintained and grew its military in response to the conflict in Southeast Asia and its cold war with the Soviet Union, the British government was in the process of reducing its armed forces in both size and cost. As a very small part of these austerity measures, the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) revised the Defense Standard (DEF-STAN) that prescribed the design characteristics of military pilots’ watches to allow for cheaper, commercially available movements to be used. This change allowed manufactures to begin using one of the classic workhorse chronograph movements of the 1970s: the Valjoux 7733. This movement and the unique case design of these watches combined to become THE British military pilot’s watch throughout the ‘70s and into the early ‘80s.”

Click here for the full article – it’s well worth a read..
wornandwound.com/2013/10/07/time-spec-1970s-british-military-asymmetrical-chronographs

 

Written by Heuerville

July 15, 2014 at 7:55 pm

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  1. Hi , I like these watches. What price do they command?

    paul

    October 1, 2014 at 6:15 pm

  2. Hi I have been trying to get a new glass for my hamalton pilots chronograph as unfortunately after having it serviced the watchmaker took it on his self to replace the original one with a cheep replacement and also lost the brass ring from it. I would appreciate any guidance as I can’t seem to get one anywhere. Thanks

    Steve mc

    April 16, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    • Steve
      I have no idea where you’d get one.. I didn’t have to replace mine – sorry I can’t be of more help.

      Heuerville

      April 16, 2015 at 9:16 pm


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