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  1. Another Hamilton Illinois -- came across this one for sale on ebay at $300 or best offer. Too pricey for me, but a nice watch. It's described as a "Topper B" model, circa 1953.
  2. Comments much appreciated -- Hamilton made some wonderful watches. As for straps, I usually find them at a good price on ebay. There are several sellers that offer new old-stock straps from the 40s and 50s. Nothing fancy or expensive -- just leather. Spring bars can also be found online, and they often come with the straps. Every now and then you'll see a NOS Hamilton strap, but those tend to be pricey.
  3. Here are four Hamiltons, two from the early 1940s and two from the early 1950s. 1. Hamilton "Lexington." The company's first stainless steel wristwatch, the Lexington was made only in 1941. Hamilton devoted its operations solely to military needs during World War II and did not resume production of the Lexington after the war. 2. Hamilton "Ross." This model was produced from 1939-1941 and in 1946. The watch pictured is from 1940. 3. Hamilton Illinois. Hamilton purchased the Illinois Watch company in 1928 and produced watches under that name in the Illinois factory until 1932, when the Great Depression forced Hamilton to discontinue the operation. In the early 1950s, Hamilton revived the Illinois name and for a short time offered a line of wrist watches with Swiss movements under the labels "Illinois" and "Hamilton Illinois." The watch shown above is an example of the latter. 4. Hamilton Illinois. Another example, this watch features a power reserve indicator.
  4. Browsing eBay-UK today, I came across a listing for a watch that Silverhawk describes on his website as "extremely rare." Indeed, he says that he has never seen one for sale. The movement is the rarity: an accumulator version of the Landeron 4750 that can be recharged using a conventional battery. For his discussion and some photos, go here: http://www.electric-...s/batteries.php. Two photos of the watch for sale appear below. The listing is item number 140789058864. As I write this, the auction has 6 days and 2 hours to run. I am fairly certain that one person I Know will be among the bidders.
  5. Very, very nice, Dave. One of these days I will get my camera fixed -- or buy a new camera, more likely -- and post a photo of my Savitar. It was a bargain, or otherwise it wouldn't be in my collection! Highly unlikely that I'll ever have a Ventura. As for music, I'm trying to learn the lead guitar part to "Dead Flowers," one of my favorite Stones' songs. The problem is getting my old, arthritic fingers to work.
  6. I'm with the Hawk on this one -- the Spectra dial is a classic, black or white.
  7. From David Pogue's column in this past Thursday's New York Times (January 26), I learned that the watch band for the iPod Nano (6th and 7th generation) described in my original post is available in the online Apple store, UK as well as US. It is called the TikTok. Here are the links: US: http://store.apple.com/us/product/H5087ZM/A?fnode=MTY1NDA3NQ UK: http://store.apple.com/uk/product/H6100ZM/A?fnode=MTY1NDA3NQ Both stores also list a similar and cheaper watch band, the iWatch Q Series, in the section for iPod accessories.
  8. Simply spectacular, Dave. But now that the hunt for the best Electro-Chron out there is over, just what on earth are you going to do with your spare time???
  9. David Pogue, a tech columnist for the New York Times, wrote recently about using the iPod Nano as a wristwatch. He pointed out that it comes with 16 animated “watch faces†and that a variety of watchbands are available for it. But a reader let him know that care should be taken when using the Nano as a watch: “Careful with that recommendation to give or use a watch band with a 6th-gen iPod Nano. My Nano/strap was my favorite watch ever until the Nano twice developed water-damage problems. Per its standard policy, Apple wouldn’t cover the damage the second time it happened despite the fact that they are generous with me on virtually anything else. When I pointed out that the most contact the product had with water occurred when I washed my hands, even when I used rubber plugs for the audio and data connectors (readily findable online), they said the screen wasn’t watertight. Since this was the second occurrence, I acquiesced. But later I thought: if that’s the case, what is Apple doing advertising its watch faces? Can you imagine telling people to use a watch and then telling them that, due to the watch’s design, washing their hands while the watch is on is unpardonable?†Pogue modified his recommendation accordingly: "Let the hand-washer beware." Here's a photo of the Nano as a watch, taken from Pogue's blog at the New York Times digital edition.
  10. Here is one you don't see every day: a Hamilton with a power reserve or wind indicator. This model from the early 1950s is labeled "Hamilton Illinois," and the Swiss-made movement is marked "Illinois Watch Company." Hamilton acquired the Illinois Watch Co. in the late 1920s and resurrected the Illinois name in the 1950s as a marketing tactic. The watch shown here is completely original, except for the strap.
  11. Can't believe I overlooked one of these on Harleymanstan's site. Or maybe I actually saw it but forgot about it. Either way, it is a sure sign that I am getting old.
  12. In case you have some spare change lying around, a Hamilton 507 calendar watch is now for sale on eBay-US. These don't turn up very often, as production was cancelled after about 25 watches were completed. See Rene Rondeau, The Watch of the Future (4th ed.), p. 92. According to the listing, the watch is a Rondeau restoration that was put in a safe unworn. Here is a photo from the listing: Almost forgot -- the buy-it-now price is US $2,495.00, but the seller is taking offers.
  13. Last week I posted photos of three Hamiltons, including Nautilus 450 with a factory quartz conversion. As M.S. and Silver Hawk explained in follow-up posts, Hamilton offered this conversion with an ETA quartz movement that fit after the company stopped providing parts for the electric movements. There have been non-factory conversions as well, and many of these range from bad to awful, as Rene Rondeau has documented in The Watch of the Future. I have a Titan conversion, pictured below, that is pretty good. For one thing, the person who did it managed to use hands that resemble the originals. With a polish and a new crystal to replace this one, which is scuffed and scratched, it will look sharp. The movement kicked right off when I put in a new battery, and it keeps excellent time. I know nothing about the movement. Any ideas?
  14. Many hanks to Martin Scriblerus and Silver Hawk for providing the particulars of Hamilton's factory conversion program, which I failed to explain. As it happens, I also have a non-factory quartz conversion, a black-dialed Titan with some sort of quartz movement that I have not been able to identify. Picked it up for next to nothing, popped in a battery, and it took right off. I'll post a photo here soon.
  15. When I sold my Wittnauer Electro-Chrons last year, my plan was to add some Hamilton electrics to my collection. (No seller's remorse as to the Electro-Chrons, by the way.) I have recently followed through on that plan, and here are photos of three Hamiltons. The first and second came from Harleymanstan, while the third was picked up on ebay at a surprisingly low price. 1. Victor II. Released in December 1961, the Victor II has the grade 505 movement. Estimated production was 3,500, and the design is one of my favorites. 2. Nautilus 450. Distinguished by its gold-filled Florentine bezel, the Nautilus 450 was introduced in February 1963 and had the grade 505 movement. This watch, however, is a factory quartz conversion with an ETA movement. (I have included a photo of the movement from Harleymanstan.) The strap is temporary while I await arrival of an NOS expansion band similar to the original. 3. Savitar. Designed to mark the introduction of the grade 505 movement, the Savitar was released in June 1961. Estimated production was 2,700. Interestingly, the Savitar came only with an alligator strap like the one pictured.
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