Vintage WWII 2974B Hamilton Official Issue Naval Pocket Watch | USA Navy
The Hamilton 2974B is among one of the most classic official military issue pocket watch. It's become a Hamilton or Military Watch collector must. This piece has seen Naval service; perhaps too much...lol. However, it works flawlessly keeping good time after a service, the movement is very clean and the dial in near flawless with no hairlines or cracks. You'll notice significant brassing and wear of the reverse, some noted on the crown and bail and little on the obverse. As said previously, this watch must have seen it all, with the amount of brassing on the reverse. By the way, if you are new to collecting, brassing refers to the wear of the chrome plating revealing the brass that the case is made of. This is a "2K" serial number, meaning it was the second order of these by the military. They are tougher to find than the first productions. I will note two other rare variations on this watch, there is no military or government engraving on the movement and also the "Adjustment" printing is in a different location than most. This location for the printing is rare and unusual. It's one of the reasons this watch is an important piece and I curated it regardless of it's case wear. It was ordered by the Bureau of Ships for the purpose of comparing the time to the main deck marine chronometer. Hence, they are referred to as comparing watches. They were synced with a Marine Chronometer and checked to compare the timekeeping to ensure the Marine Chronometer was being accurate. So that's cool and by the way, this watch has a hacking function and is stem wound and set. So when you pull out the crown to set the time, the watch stops immediately to allow for precise setting. On this one, you do have to give the crown a good yank to engage the spring that stops the time for setting. That's an unusual complication for pocket watch but typical for most military issue watches; this is one of the only military pocket watches that have this feature. This watch made sure the chronometers were keeping time during our Naval battles of WWII. No wonder people want this watch so badly. This is a piece I would buy for my own collection and I am very picky, just ask my wife. Thank you.