Hamilton Thin-O-Matic

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$1,700
Regular price
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$1,700
Automatic-winding
34MM MM
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SKU AS08607
Article Number 40991366
case size 34MM MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color Silver
material Yellow Gold
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
overall condition Watch is in great condition throughout, showing light signs of wear and patina consistent with age.
Automatic-winding
34MM MM
– Show less
SKU AS08607
Article Number 40991366
case size 34MM MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color Silver
material Yellow Gold
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
overall condition Watch is in great condition throughout, showing light signs of wear and patina consistent with age.

Why We Love it

A great, vintage gold dress watch is equal parts handsome and versatile.

Versatility, however, often plays second fiddle to looks. Sure, a dressy piece looks the business at the end of a well tailored suit cuff, but looks even better when paired with a great t-shirt and jeans!

Hamilton is perhaps best known to modern collectors for their historically significant tool watches. But during the golden age of American watchmaking, the brand was master of myriad watch forms, from railroad timers to dress watches fit for kings. Their catalogs from the 1950s and 1960s were filled with elegant, timeless, and innovative watches whose names have all but faded to obscurity.

The Hamilton Thin-o-Matic, crafted for those who appreciate sophistication and style,  is one such model. Introduced in 1959 and in perpetual high demand, the Thin-o-Matic was released in over 70 different iterations to meet all tastes and preferences.

This particular Thin-o-matic dates back to the early 1960s and features a tidy, 34mm 14k yellow gold case, a domed acrylic crystal, a signed crown, and a signed, brown crocodile strap with a matching, gold-plated buckle. It lives up to its name with a case measuring just a shade above 8mm thick — in short, it’ll melt right into the wrist.

The dial, a sunburst silver affair, features applied indices and a matching ‘dauphine’ handset. Beating away at its core is a Hamilton Calibre 628 automatic-winding movement with micro-rotor that has been fully serviced and is up snuff for your everyday wearing needs.

A gold dress watch like this Hamilton Thin-o-Matic, worn at the office, the cocktail bar, or while cutting the grass on the weekend,  was a common sight in the 1960s. Versatile and fashionable, it deserves a second lease on life! 

Brand Story

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The Department of Defense first ordered General Issue (GI) watches in 1964, to outfit soldiers in the years leading up to the conflict in Vietnam. Like the 'Dirty Dozen', the GI watches were made to resist exposure in inhospitable environments. Corrosion-resistant steel cases were utilized to protect the movement from debris, moisture, and shock that it would encounter in the jungles of Vietnam or the deserts of the Middle East.

The DoD contracted GI watches from many manufacturers, the most notable among them being Hamilton and Benrus. While other manufacturers cast their cases in plastic or fiberglass, Hamilton--the first manufacturer to receive the contract in 1964--cast theirs in steel throughout the entire 30 years of production. The look of these watches remained more or less the same during this interval, in keeping with the utility of their design and construction.

Their dials were spartan, and featured printed Arabic indices for both 12- and 24-hour graduations with luminous plots at each interval, with matching luminous 'syringe' hands and a 'spear' central seconds hand which was coated with a healthy dollop of Tritium to ensure maximum legibility. The 17-jewel, manual wind movements fitted were equipped with a hacking feature: a mechanism that stops the second hand from moving when setting the time. This enabled soldiers to synchronize their timepieces for maximum accuracy during elite operations and coordinated maneuvers. Despite the compact size of 34mm, these watches were designed to take a beating.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Hamilton Thin-O-Matic

Hamilton Thin-O-Matic

Regular price
$1,700
Regular price
Sale price
$1,700
Hamilton Thin-O-Matic

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