Hamilton "W10" British Army Issue Wristwatch 1973

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The Watch
Issued from 1973-1975, The Hamilton "W10" was created with an major change to W10's of old, a kind of monocoque case so that the movement was placed into the watch and fixed in place from the front of the case.
A huge testament to the Quality of the Hamilton W10 was that it was used ubiquitously by every branch of the British armed forces, such was its popularity.
The way to tell which branch a vintage watch was commissioned for was to look at the back. W10 denotes the British Army issue, which this one is, 6BB means that the watch was issued to the Royal Air Force, 0555 Royal Marines and 0552 for the Royal Navy.
This guy's condition is Superb and a fully serviced Hacking 649 movement. One for the serious Military Collection.

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The Specs

Age: 1973
Reference: "W10" British Army Issue.
Movement: Manual wind with Hacking Centre Seconds.
Calibre: 649.
Timekeeping: Very good.
Service History: Full Service, September 2022.
Dial: Original Hamilton Mil Spec Dial.
Case: All Stainless Steel.
Measurements: without/with Crown: 35.7mm/37.7mm End to End: 41.2mm
Bezel: Solid.
Water Resistant?: No.
Hands: Original.
Crystal: Correct NOS Acrylic crystal fitted during service.
Crown: Correct Original unsigned Crown.
Strap/Bracelet: New 18mm Light Blue NATO Style strap with Steel fixtures.
Lug Width: 18mm

Getting Acquainted

Bits that stand out:
- Very hard to find in such good order.
Wonderful Dial with highly sought after Yellow Lume.

Nitty Gritty:
- Some very very minor scratches to the Crown.

Overall the Hamilton is in Excellent Vintage condition.
The Dial is in Wonderful condition, probably one of the best I've seen, the lume has stayed that highly desirable Yellow colour.
Steel Case is in very good nick, there are a few very minor age related scratches.
Caseback markings are very nice.
Original Crown has a few scratches.
Crystal in excellent condition. NOS fitted during Service.
Hands are in lovely shape.