This is a handsome, rare, vintage, HMT Pilot, Parashock 17 jewel wristwatch in pristine condition.
It features a 1 3/8" polished all stainless steel case, excluding crown and lugs, and a screw-back case.
The repainted dial is a beautiful deep green dial with hints of blue that contrast beautifully against silver hour and minute, and center sweep hands, white outer chapter, and numbers except a large white 12 and red 7 which gives it a unique, funky artist's vibe.
Finally, to complete the restoration, the 17 jewel, manual wind movement has been cleaned & serviced and is keeping excellent time.
This beautiful timepiece features a screw down back and has been fitted with a new man-made leather stitched black strap with stainless buckle.
Stock code H-21
ABOUT THE BRAND:
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.
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