Vintage 1970's men's serviced and restored HMT Rajat dress 21 jewel automatic calendar wristwatch


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    This is a handsome, rare, vintage, 1981, men's, HMT 21 jewel, automatic Rajat, white dial dress calendar wristwatch in excellent condition.

    It features a 35.7 mm X 38.5 mm brightly polished stainless steel case, excluding crown and lugs, that surrounds a very nice crisp white dial complimented by luminous silver hour and minute hands, silver sweep second hand, raised silver luminous markers, black outer chapter, and day and date window at 3 o'clock with quick-set date feature.

    Finally, to complete the restoration, the 21 jewel, automatic, signed movement has been cleaned & serviced, sets and winds effortlessly, and is keeping excellent time. (Please remember that all automatic watches must be shaken for a period of time or wound to apply pressure to the mainspring when it has run down and get it started. Then the normal motion of your wrist WHILE REMAINING ACTIVE it will continue to wind the watch.)

    This beautiful timepiece features a screw-down back and has been fitted with a new 16 mm, man-made leather, black strap with stainless buckle.

    Stock code H-6


    Set up in 1961, HMT is a state-owned manufacturer that collaborated with Japan’s Citizen Watches to produce a range of watches that Indians were proud to sport.

    A HMT watch was an integral part of the unofficial uniform of Indian office-goers through the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Even today collectors of HMT timepieces swear by the brand’s retro appeal, its reliability and its undeniably Indian flavor.

    When online retailer Flipkart started selling HMT watches, the more popular models were sold out within minutes of listing it on the website, say watch collectors. HMT Watches started its own online sales in mid-August and many believed that this was a sign that the company was turning around. Its advertising slogan, "Timekeepers to the Nation", was certainly apt.

    Prashant Pandey, a resident of Bangalore and HMT aficionado, has collected more than 500 pieces in just a few years. “I saw my grandfather wear a HMT watch,” he said. “My wife’s grandfather had a Pilot, which he passed on to me. There’s a lot of emotional attachment to these watches. I am shattered. This is a legacy coming to an end.”

    Among the first watches to be made by HMT, the Janata was a favorite of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. This winding watch was plain, affordable and had more than 25 variants. Janata watches have been known to tick on for more than 40 years.

    The Pilot, along with Jawan, Sainik and Rakshak, were synonymous with the military. Though these were not specialized military watches, they were supplied to the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy, which were HMT’s biggest customers. The Pilot is a favorite of watch collectors.

    The quintessential dress watch, the Sona was a winding watch and the thinnest model made by HMT. It is known for its high-quality gold plating.

    Old HMT watches are still in high demand among collectors.

    We are Stonehenge Watch Company and have been selling vintage timepieces and new watches on the internet for over 15 years with hundreds of satisfied customers.

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