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  • 1972 Hamilton Alarm A (cal. 642)

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    With a very useful complication, this extremely rare Hamilton Alarm is a lovely example of what smartwatches meant in the ‘good old days’.

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    Description

    A Hamilton Alarm wristwatch rarely seen and in great condition. Inside you will find a Hamilton-signed Vulcain’s Cricket 120 movement.

    Movement:

    • Hamilton cal. 642 (based on Vulcain’s 120 Cricket) manual-winding with center seconds.
    • Alarm complication powered by a second independent barrel.

    Case:

    • Never polished steel case with minor signs of use.
    • Beautiful faceted lugs.
    • 34mm (without crown / 40mm (lug-to-lug) / 12mm (thick)
    • Original Hamilton signed crown and pump pusher for alarm function.
    • Hamilton signed caseback engraved “1974 HDCP Champ” (probably a golf tournament prize).
    • Acrylic crystal in excellent condition.

    Dial:

    • Sunburst silver colored dial with applied baton indices. Numerals at 3, 6,9 and 12.
    • Lume plots next to every index.
    • Baton-style hands with inner lume for hours and minutes.
    • Arrow hand with black painted point for alarm.
    • Excellent condition.

    Bracelet and strap:

    • USA made JB Champion stainless steel flexi bracelet in great condition.
    • Additional brand-new tan leather vintage style strap.

     

    Operating Instructions for this Hamilton Alarm A (courtesy of Ranfft Watches)
    • Wind watch and alarm: the caliber has two independent barrels for watch and alarm. It is recommended to wind both completely each morning as follows:
      • Make sure that the crown at 3h is completely pushed in
      • Watch: turn crown towards 6h.
      • Alarm: turn cown towards 12h.
    • Attention: the according barrel is completely wound up once a resistance appears in one or the other direction. Do not force further. Continue to wind in the other direction.
    • Set time: pull the crown at 3h completely and turn it towards 6h. Push the crown completely after setting.
    • Set and enable alarm: press down the pusher at 2h completely. The crown at 3h pops up. Turn the crown towards 12h to set the the alarm hand to the desired time. Push completely down the crown again.
    • Disable alarm: press the pusher at 2h halfway down. The crown is set freely turnable in both directions.

    Attention: never pull the pusher at 2h!

    Additional information

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    When will I receive my new vintage watch?

    We try to dispatch every order as soon as possible, but in some cases it can take us up to 48 hours to prepare your goods for shipment. Unless otherwise instructed by you, we will ship your watch with the Spanish Postal Service (link) and we’ll provide you with a tracking reference as soon as the package is delivered at the Post Office. The average shipment within the EU will take approximately 6 working days.

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    Yes. Shipping cost includes insurance equivalent to the price you paid for the watch. It does not include shipping costs.

    How can shipping costs be the same when the value of the watches differ?

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    Where do you source the watches you sell?

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