In recent months, I have gotten myself badly bitten with military watches. It is indeed an interesting read and an interesting subject. But why military watches and why issued watches and not new watches? Well I like the history attached to the watches. There are many types of military issued watches, from very expensive ones to the common field watches. I am collecting (trying) to collect field watches or a representation of the available issued field watches.
So here is my first military watch, the Hamilton GG-W-113. I got this watch off WUS. The Orsa military watch that appeared in an earlier review is a homage to this watch.
This watch is manufactured to the GG-W-113 specification (6/6/1967). Companies that produced watches under this specification for military issue includes Benrus, Waltham and Marathon. The GG-W-113 watches have been issued to the American Air Force (USAF) since the Vietnam war.
Function: Hour, minutes and seconds, 24 hour indicator
Case: Parkerized steel
Movement: 17 jewel ETA 2750, Hamilton cal. 649 hand wind hacking movement
Dimensions: Diameter: 34 mm, lug width: 18 mm, height: 11 mm
This is a simple watch as can be seen for the photographs. The dial is black. Although the dial has the 12 hour and 24 hour markers, the dial does not look busy. The hour index markers are luminous. The hands are also luminous and that includes the second hand. The lume on this watch have aged well and is even across the dial and hands. I just love the patina.
The watch is fitted with a hand winding Swiss made ETA 2750 hacking movement. The hacking movement allows for precise synchronization of the watch to a known source of time. According to what I have read, some movement will have the H.W. Co. (Hamilton Watch Co) cal 649 signature on the movement. And some are unsigned.
The watch was issued with a black nylon band. Some were issued with the olive drab band. Mine is fitted with a new Maratac black band. I guess the original band is long gone.
The watch is pretty thick, but this is attributed by the high crystal fitted. Images on the Internet shows both high and low crystal fitted on this watch. The low crystal is made by Stella and is the wedge ledge low dome crystal type. The high crystal is the Stella WRA style crystal (Other manufactures include GS? and Sternkreuz?). Also it is believed that some of these watches were issued with armored crystal.
This watch comes in 2 case design, the one-piece case (earlier issue) and two-piece design (later issue). This watch being reviewed is the one-piece design version. The case is made of corrosion resistant steel (parkerized?). It is 34 mm in diameter and measures 41mm lug to lug. Servicing these watches is possible but best left to the professional as access to the movement on the one-piece design is via removal of the crystal.
The watch comes with fixed lugs, hence the use of a one-piece band.
The crown is non screw down crown. It is 5 mm in diameter and is big compared to the case.The crown has 2 position, the first is for winding and the second for adjustment of the hands. The large crown is wonderful to use and pulling out the crown for adjustment is easy. The crown is unsigned.
The military markings are on the case back. The markings:
FED STOCK NO 6645-00-066-4279
MFG PART NO 39886
CONT NO GS-OWS-51982
DATE JUNE 82
SERIAL NO 736736
The second line the is the model number.
The third line is the Federal Stock No. From the MIL-W-46374 Information site:
The forth line is the Hamilton part number.
The fifth line is the contract award number. This is an order number for the purchase of the watch by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The sixth line the date of manufacture.
The seventh line is the watch serial number. I like my serial number.
The last line, US - United States.
I like this watch. Although this watch is 34 mm, it does not wear small. It is light and very comfortable. The minimalist design is wonderful to look at and reading the time is easy.