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PostSubject: Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special   Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_minitimeWed Apr 28, 2010 9:12 pm

Most of you know I collect Railroad Approved wristwatches. This is a Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special. I just got this back from Rene Rondeau, by all accounts the worlds leading authority on Hamilton Electrics and a master in repair and restoration of same.
http://www.hamiltonwristwatch.com/repair.html
I am blown away by how awesome this thing looks, shown here on a genuine lizard strap (I have the original put away). I have owned this watch for a while but it never worked right, so I finally bit the bullet and sent it out to be redone by the master. The 10Kt gold filled case shows no wear and it is pretty much as new. I am so excited to finally get this one working!!
The 505 was first introduced in 1961 and the technology was quickly replaced with newer and better technology. Some photos of the watch....

Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special 100_8854

Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special 100_8855

Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special 100_8856

Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special 100_8857

Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special 100_8858

Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special 100_8859

Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special 100_8860

Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special 100_8861

Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special 100_8862

Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special 100_8863

I can't find my movement picture at the moment, so here is what the inside looks like...

Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special 505-1


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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special   Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_minitimeWed Apr 28, 2010 9:29 pm

Now that is pretty cool, love the electric bolt second hand!
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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special   Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_minitimeWed Apr 28, 2010 9:36 pm

Looks brand new, he really did a nice job restoring that one. Nice clean classic styling to it, it has a timeless look. How large is it?
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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special   Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_minitimeWed Apr 28, 2010 9:48 pm

That is SUPER cool!

Pretty big for back in that day too!

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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special   Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_minitimeWed Apr 28, 2010 9:53 pm

Good stuff - Nice pics.
Love that bolt second hand and offset crown not to mention the Electric font
It all takes me back to the day.

Thanks for the link - have a couple Ventura that need attention.
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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special   Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_minitimeWed Apr 28, 2010 10:10 pm

merichar wrote:
Looks brand new, he really did a nice job restoring that one. Nice clean classic styling to it, it has a timeless look. How large is it?

It wears large because of the lack of a bezel, but it's only 36mm across (38mm with crown) . Seems large on my wrist...can't believe it is that small!!

Thanks for the compliments... Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_bounce Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special 203558 .

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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special   Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_minitimeWed Apr 28, 2010 10:34 pm

Looks awesome Gary!!

Do you have any before pictures for perspective? Or was it only a movement issue?

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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special   Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_minitimeWed Apr 28, 2010 10:58 pm

Very nice watch Gary....Love seeing all of your collection and love hearing the stories behind the watches. I love the white dial and the ease of reading............very necessary for a RR watch!
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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special   Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_minitimeWed Apr 28, 2010 11:48 pm

Yowza Gary, what a neat watch ! Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_cheers It's unbelievably classy, and has
a ton of character. From the case, and spectacular strap, to the super
dial, and hands. The second hand is THE best ! VERY shocking ! Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Alien Hey,
and how about that movement, which is behind it all ?! Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special 803574 This is a
REAL classic sir ! I'm glad you got it working good now !..Congrats !!!
Enjoy it sir !

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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special   Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_minitimeWed Apr 28, 2010 11:54 pm

great looking watch and movement. cool hands!
I'd like to build a watch someday with a Hamilton RR dial and 992
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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special   Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_minitimeThu Apr 29, 2010 12:06 am

Outstanding Hammy electric, Gary. Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_rr I gotta get me one of those electrics.
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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special   Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_minitimeThu Apr 29, 2010 5:37 am

andrema wrote:
Looks awesome Gary!!

Do you have any before pictures for perspective? Or was it only a movement issue?

This one was in nice shape when I got it, but would only run for a few seconds at a time. I do have a before picture but it doesn't look that bad...you can see an obvious difference in case polish, and I had a new crystal installed but kept the old one just in case.
Before:

Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special RRapproved002

After:

Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special 100_8862

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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special   Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_minitimeThu Apr 29, 2010 5:41 am

AtomicTom wrote:
[Snip] This is a
REAL classic sir ! I'm glad you got it working good now !..Congrats !!!
Enjoy it sir !

Thanks for all the positive comment guys, Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special 803574 !!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special   Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_minitimeThu Apr 29, 2010 8:30 am

Another great looking vintage Gary! Very simple and all about what a RR watch should be! IT ROCKS!
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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special   Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_minitimeThu Apr 29, 2010 8:32 am

Very nice indeed. Looks showroom fresh. Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special 803574
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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special   Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_minitimeThu Apr 29, 2010 2:35 pm

sixtysix wrote:
AtomicTom wrote:
[Snip] This is a
REAL classic sir ! I'm glad you got it working good now !..Congrats !!!
Enjoy it sir !

Thanks for all the positive comment guys, Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special 803574 !!!!

No problem Gary ! Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_smile GREAT decision getting that one fixed !!!

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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special   Hamilton 505 Electric RR Special Icon_minitimeThu Apr 29, 2010 4:17 pm

The red second hand is fabulous.
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