The MIL-W-46374B manual winding watch - like the all original early 1980s United States military-issued one here - has both 12 and 24 hour markers and its dial has a very Cold War-esque radioactive symbol, indicating the luminous markers (hands and dial, per picture) are radioactive (luminosity is provide by a safe H3 tritium coating). The “B” version of the 46374 made its U.S. military debut in May 1975, and was produced through April 1983. No fancy buttons or bezels. Just a very simple and reliable watch that does what it is specified to do – tell time on the battlefield.
Since the watch was first worn, it has been an information tool, giving its wearer some piece of intelligence otherwise not known. Perhaps nowhere is that truer or better realized than in the military watch. Almost as long as watches have existed, governments and military's have been buying and issuing timepieces to be used in nearly every military scenario imaginable. Strictly utilitarian, these watches have served as functional instruments, designed to give their wearers specific and accurate information in environments not often encountered by civilian watches.
These 46374B issued watches have held up quite well - especially for collectors who like to wear their watches. Strictly utilitarian, these watches have served as functional instruments, designed to give their wearers specific and accurate information in environments not often encountered by civilian watches.
This watch comes with its original nylon ZULU strap, two nylon NATO straps, Pelican travel case, and springbar tool.
Early 1980s Hamilton MIL-W-46374B U.S. Military-Issued Mechanical Watch
DIAL: Brilliant original unsigned dial with original hands. Tritium (H3) lume still glows brightly. Excellently aged patina on the dial indices and hands.
CASE: Original 34mm (35.5mm w/crown) x 40.5mm stainless-steel case. Of note, these featured fixed bars - vice removeable springbars - rendering them only suitable for ZULU or NATO straps.
CRYSTAL: Original acrylic crystal with several small scratches. It can be difficult to find military-issued watches such as these without scratches – after all, they have served rough duty.
BAND: This 46374B comes with what appears to be the original used nylon strap. It also comes with two NATO straps, also with stainless steel hardware, all of which nicely compliment the military look of this Hamilton.
MOVEMENT: Original seven-jewel Hamilton manual wind mechanical movement. The movement is non-hacking.
CROWN: Original unsigned stainless steel crown.