Hamilton Otis 'Reverso'

Regular price
$2,500
Regular price
Sale price
$2,500
Manual
28 MM
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SKU AS06183
case size 28 MM
movement Manual Winding
approximate age 1930s
dial color Silver
material Gold Filled
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 18
Includes Includes Molequin taupe suede leather strap with gold plated pin buckle.
Manual
28 MM
– Show less
SKU AS06183
case size 28 MM
movement Manual Winding
approximate age 1930s
dial color Silver
material Gold Filled
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 18 MM
Includes Includes Molequin taupe suede leather strap with gold plated pin buckle.

Why We Love it

We love vintage watches for all sorts of reasons, chief among them being the stories they tell. Well, this one has a hell of a story. 

You’ve no doubt heard of the Reverso, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s famous reversible wristwatch, patented in the early 1930s. And if we were to show you a version of said wristwatch made by Hamilton — an American-founded company based halfway across the world — from the same decade you’d no doubt cry ‘foul.’ 

Well, you’d be half-right: Hamilton did indeed merely use the design of the Reverso for its Otis model, named after Otis Bryan, a TWA executive, chief pilot, and close friend of then-Hamilton vice president Ross Atkinson. However, Hamilton didn’t just copy the Reverso — it asked permission. In 1938, the American watchmaker agreed to pay Jaeger-LeCoultre $0.60 per Otis watch produced in a licensing agreement. How’s that for some cool horological history!

An unmarked Otis in good condition would be a special enough find — these watches had a relatively short production run. However, this one is even better: Dating to the 1930s, it’s beautifully inscribed on the back “To my dear husband on our twentieth anniversary with love Julia.” And if that sentiment weren’t enough, the reverse of the caseback features a gorgeous Masonic crest, executed in fine detail by someone who was clearly a master craftsperson.

Housed in a 28mm 14K yellow gold-filled case, it features a beautiful, brushed silver-tone dial with applied stylized Arabic indices, an outer railroad minute track, a matching gold lance handset, and a sub-seconds register at 6:00. Powered by the manually wound Hamilton Caliber 980, it comes paired to a taupe suede leather strap with a gold plated pin buckle.

Honestly, what can we say — this time capsule of a timepiece is the reason so many of us are so deeply fascinated by vintage watches. It’s the type of watch that deserves to live its second life with someone who will appreciate its charm and its story.

If that’s you, then you know what to do!

Overall Condition

The case is in very good condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Satin silver dial with applied stylized 'Arabic' indices shows light patination throughout with matching yellow gold 'lance' handset. Unsigned crown. Masonic engraving on reverse side of case. Caseback engraved "To my dear husband on our twentieth anniversary love Julia."

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.

Make it yours will fit standard 18mm watches

Ralstra® Driver Strap - Nero Black
Ralstra® Driver Strap - Nero Black
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$149
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Milano Grey Suede Strap
Milano Grey Suede Strap
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$89
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Hamilton Otis 'Reverso'

Hamilton Otis 'Reverso'

Regular price
$2,500
Regular price
Sale price
$2,500
Hamilton Otis 'Reverso'

Why We Love it

We love vintage watches for all sorts of reasons, chief among them being the stories they tell. Well, this one has a hell of a story. 

You’ve no doubt heard of the Reverso, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s famous reversible wristwatch, patented in the early 1930s. And if we were to show you a version of said wristwatch made by Hamilton — an American-founded company based halfway across the world — from the same decade you’d no doubt cry ‘foul.’ 

Well, you’d be half-right: Hamilton did indeed merely use the design of the Reverso for its Otis model, named after Otis Bryan, a TWA executive, chief pilot, and close friend of then-Hamilton vice president Ross Atkinson. However, Hamilton didn’t just copy the Reverso — it asked permission. In 1938, the American watchmaker agreed to pay Jaeger-LeCoultre $0.60 per Otis watch produced in a licensing agreement. How’s that for some cool horological history!

An unmarked Otis in good condition would be a special enough find — these watches had a relatively short production run. However, this one is even better: Dating to the 1930s, it’s beautifully inscribed on the back “To my dear husband on our twentieth anniversary with love Julia.” And if that sentiment weren’t enough, the reverse of the caseback features a gorgeous Masonic crest, executed in fine detail by someone who was clearly a master craftsperson.

Housed in a 28mm 14K yellow gold-filled case, it features a beautiful, brushed silver-tone dial with applied stylized Arabic indices, an outer railroad minute track, a matching gold lance handset, and a sub-seconds register at 6:00. Powered by the manually wound Hamilton Caliber 980, it comes paired to a taupe suede leather strap with a gold plated pin buckle.

Honestly, what can we say — this time capsule of a timepiece is the reason so many of us are so deeply fascinated by vintage watches. It’s the type of watch that deserves to live its second life with someone who will appreciate its charm and its story.

If that’s you, then you know what to do!

Overall Condition

The case is in very good condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Satin silver dial with applied stylized 'Arabic' indices shows light patination throughout with matching yellow gold 'lance' handset. Unsigned crown. Masonic engraving on reverse side of case. Caseback engraved "To my dear husband on our twentieth anniversary love Julia."

Brand Story

+
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

+

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

+

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.

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