For many years now the HMT Pilot wristwatch with traditional military dials have remained among the most popular items in my store.
This brightly polished stainless steel case and bezel measures 1.37" / 34.8 mm in diameter, excluding crown and lugs, and surrounds a deep black repainted military dial complimented by bright luminous hour and minute hands, silver sweep center hand, white numbers and inner chapter, and olive green number 12 and outer chapter.
Finally, to complete the restoration, the 17 jewel, Indian, Para Shock, manual wind movement, has been cleaned, serviced & and adjusted, it sets and winds as it should, is running strong, and is keeping excellent time.
It has a screw down stainless steel back and has been fitted with a new, man-made leather black, embossed, strap with contrasting blue stitching and stainless buckle.
STOCK CODE: H-27
ABOUT THE BRAND:
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 offer free first class domestic shipping on our watches and ship internationally for a flat fee of $22.00 to assure prompt, safe, and secure shipping to our customers.
Please note: We offer our products on multiple sites and do not remove them until payment has posted and very rarely multiple customers will "buy" an item but it will be sold to the first payment received.
We are Stonehenge Watch Company and have been selling vintage timepieces and new watches on the internet for over 17 years with hundreds of happy, satisfied, often repeat customers.
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