My last post for 2013 is going to be another somewhat obscure Automatic. Probably the smallest run of automatic models is the Kinematic series - there are only two… the Kinematic I and the Kinematic II. The first Kinematic, the "I" was introduced in 1957 and produced for three years.
As you can see in the catalog ad, the crown on the watch is recessed into the bezel.
I recently picked up a Kinematic I and it was the first one I've seen. It took me a while to identify it because I didn't know there was a Kinematic line. I though it would likely be an Accumatic or Automatic K-something.
In any event, it was in decent shape but I could not wind it with the crown, just shake it. It did run though - so that was a good sign.
The stainless steel back screws on - a typical feature for waterproof watches from this era.
With the back removed you get to see something that you don't often see… this watch has a 17 jewel Hamilton 672 movement. I was surprised to see this inside and I expected to see a Hamilton 661, which was more frequently used. In fact, after I got this watch I saw another for sale and it did have a 661, so perhaps Hamilton made a movement change mid-run… I don't know for sure.
The 672 is an ETA 1256 movement. Only two screws hold the rotor assembly on and once they're pulled the assembly comes straight off. Once the rotor is off, the movement becomes your basic manual winding movement.
The ETA logo is under the balance and once the main plate is stripped of parts, you can see the logo and the 1256. As I understand it, the ETA 1256 was ETA's first automatic movement and was introduced in the early 1950's. Today, all Hamilton watches use ETA movements.
Everything gets cleaned, oiled and lubricated and you can see that a little tweaking of the regulator brings the timing right into like. Hamilton's US-made movements are excellent but you have to admit that the Swiss grades are great performers too.
And here's the finished product prepared with a fresh crystal and a new lizard strap.
It turns out the crown was frozen in the case so once everything was cleaned and oiled it went back to winding properly… which is good because this crown is very small and recessed too, so it's also tough to wind by hand. Just a few turns gets the watch running and the rotor will wind it from there while it's worn.
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