Hamilton Chronograph Valjoux 7733 British Royal Navy Pilot's Asymmetric Watch
Offered is this Hamilton Royal Navy Pilot's Asymmetric Chronograph. These watches are often referred to as RAF (Royal Air Force) watches, since they were designed for pilots. Many were issued to Pilots in the Royal Navy as well, which can be determined by the case back markings. Serial numbers beginning with 6BB were issued to the Royal Air Force, and serial numbers beginning with 0552 were issued to the Royal Navy. The 924-3306 portion of the serial number signifies the type of watch and is identical on all examples. Generally, another number is present on the case back representing the individual watch serial number and year of production, but that information was not included on this watch. Perhaps this case back was never originally issued, or simply missed this portion of engraving. Valjoux 7733 movements were used in all examples, and production by Hamilton began in 1970. The case is broader on the right, meant to protect the chronograph pushers, giving the watch added durability and its asymmetry. The "Broad Arrow" on both the dial and case back signify that it is property of "Her Majesty's Service." The circled "T" on the dial delineates the luminous material as Tritium. The spring bars were welded in place on all examples for added security, making a Nato type strap necessary. However, this example has had the solid bars removed, and standard spring bars installed so that a conventional strap may be used. It actually makes the watch more versatile, allowing for a wider variety of strap choices. It winds, sets, and runs great. It keeps excellent time, and the chronograph feature works flawlessly.
CASE: Stainless Steel
CASE BACK: Marked 0552 (issued to Royal Navy)/924-3306 (model type), and inside marked 1351787
BAND/BRACELET: Black Leather Strap with matching silver tone buckle
MOVEMENT: Hamilton, Swiss, Seventeen 17 Jewels
SIZE: 40mm without crown | 46mm lug to lug
CROWNS: Excellent, All Functioning Properly
CRYSTAL: Excellent, with no cracks
CASE: Excellent, All Steel
DIAL: Excellent, Original Finish, marked H Hamilton T (tritium) and broad arrow above 6, all correct for this watch
HANDS: Good, with some cracking of the lume, but otherwise intact, all correct for this watch
BAND: Gently Used
Guaranteed to arrive in fine working order, or your money back, or return for a refund for any reason within 7 days if not satisfied. I am a NAWCC (National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors) member and stand behind what I sell.