Hamilton Electric Altair
Offered is a FULLY SERVICED (ultrasonic wash, rinse, and lubrication) Hamilton Electric Altair watch. Pictured in René Rondeau's book "The Watch Of The Future" on pages 130-133, it was released in December 1961 with an original price of $125.00 (metal band) and $110.00 (leather strap). It is signed on the dial, case, movement, and crown. It runs great and keeps time to well under 30 seconds variation per day and has a brand new battery just installed. The hack function works properly, and the watch starts right up each time the crown is pushed in from the setting position to the running position. As a plus, it has had a BRAND NEW OLD STOCK D-PIN installed in the balance, so it will run virtually as it did from the factory.
The Altair is probably the most coveted of all the Hamilton Electrics among collectors. It had a very small production run of around 1600, so it is also very rare. However, the dramatic Arbib styling is not the principle reason for it's rarity. The detached lugs are prone to bending or breaking if one is not careful in how tightly they wear the watch. This makes surviving Altairs even more rare. This example has had a repair made to the lug at the 12 position, but it is well done, and the lower price on this example reflects the repair.
The Altair represents what makes these Hamilton Electric Watches so unique. It was far ahead of its time in styling and mechanics making it a must for a complete Hamilton Electric collection.
BRAND: Hamilton Electric Altair
CASE: 10K Gold Filled
CASE BACK: Marked Hamilton, 10K Gold Filled, and inside marked Hamilton W. Co., Lancaster, PA, 10K Gold Filled, E77674
BAND/BRACELET: Brand New Genuine Lizard Brown Band with matching Gold Tone Buckle
MOVEMENT: 505 electric, marked Hamilton 505, Patented, ADJ, U.S.A.
SIZE: 32mm without crown | 39mm lug to lug
CROWN: Excellent, correct, with the "H" logo
CRYSTAL: Excellent, New, with no cracks
CASE: Excellent, with NO BRASSING
DIAL: Excellent, Expertly Refinished, Marked Hamilton Electric
HANDS: Excellent, Gold Tone Baton Style Hour and Minute Hands and pointer seconds hand, all correct for this watch
BAND: Brand New
Guaranteed to arrive in fine working order, or money back upon return, or return for any reason within 7 days for a full refund. I am a NAWCC (National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors) member and stand behind what I sell.