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HMT Tarun: Tarun is the Hindi word for Youth and this watch is meant, I suppose, for the very young watch users. I bought this watch for a friend and a fellow WIS.







The Tarun with a new Janata that I bought today, again for a fellow WIS:



This Janata has a pressfit case back, my other art deco Janata has a screw back, so I guess it depends on what case stocks HMT has at hand while assembling the watches.

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Also notice plated cases, they are not polished ones.
True, I have both the examples, HMT that way is very precise, case backs specifically state "SS back" or "All SS" as the case may be.



I always say "there's no magic, if want quality, you have to pay for it"

Convey that to HMT as well, I am prepared to pay them more.

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My Dad's old Janata that he bought in '65:















Salient Features:

  • Crown design is radically different from current ones.
  • Drilled through lugs
  • Metal spacer for movement.
  • Excellent engraving quality on the movement
  • The movement is relatively clean as compared to the dial and crystal.
  • Case back inside has been nicely finished.

The watch was bought from New Delhi in 1965 for approx 95 INR, was serviced at Kanpur in 1975 and again in Pune at Ct Pundole and sons in 1980(From the markings on the case back inside aided by Dad's memory).

I will be getting it serviced again this week by HMT in Mumbai.

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wow, finally we see this watch. I thought for a while, you forgot. I like the crown very much.

I guess, you could just drop in current janta dial, replace crystal and have case buffed, the watch will have fresh look. However, it will destroy its vintage character.
Thanks Munno, I am in Pune today, the first thing I did is to take out this watch and photograph it.

I am going to do nothing of the above;-), at most I might ask them to replace the crystal and lightly clean the dial with a soft brush to remove the dust particles.

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Rescued a few hard to find HMTs that were languishing in the HMT company warehouse, tagged as "slow moving" items:

The HMT Taurus:







This a nice Automatic, lumed hands, no day or date, shares the same stylish domed acrylic crystal of the Janata and the Pilot.

Also "rescued" these two Kaushals and a couple of Art Deco Janatas:





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Congratulations... nice watches :-!
Hari, now you're talking. Those Kaushal's look fantastic. Like the numbers on Taurus. :-!

What is the dia of Kasushal?
Thanks for the comments, Munno, the size is same as Sona small.
Hari, how ever did you get into the warehouse? Maybe you can find some of the more elusive models everyone's been looking for, like the rarely-seen white Pilot.

Personally, I may be ready to look at one of the HMT automatics. Would anyone have a recommendation on a model?

Mike
Mike, I did not actually enter the warehouse:). I have been picking the brains of the staff of the Local HMT outlet, they had a bit of unsold stock from before the quartz onslaught era. most of this stock was being stored at a warehouse. Every outlet does an annual" stock taking", this is basically an inventory list. Since I am an insistent customer, I was shown this list and I could pick the watches that I wanted from this. So after a few months of incessant hounding by me, the staff finally managed to recover these watches(Kaushal and Taurus) for me. No I have already looked, they do not have the White Pilot and any more Kaushals or Pinakis(another hard to find model).

I heartily recommend a HMT Rajat Automatic, even if it will be the only HMT auto that one would own. It is that good.

Congrats Hari....Taurus looks amazing.....had it a 4th date hand, it would have been a great deal!!.....These must be purchased from dadar showroom...am i right??
yes, thats correct. I was hoping that the Taurus that was buried in their warehouse would be the 4 hand version posted by Gigfy, but it was this one(again shown by gigfy to be an export variant).

BTW, they have dug out one Kailash(see AkshayB's posts) and a Vivek also. They also now have ample stocks of the White/Black and Gold Sona and the Kohinoor in all colors.

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Documenting a variant of the Humble HMT Dilip Automatic. The Dilip is usually seen with golden hands, indices and date window trim. This one features an all steel trim. The dial is more white as opposed to the grayish dial of the GT Dilip. the printing and font is slightly different.

This watch is also a dead stock find from the warehouse.







so which one do you like better?

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Updating this thread after a long time. Bought this yellow dial variant of the Chirag that I never knew existed. The catalog shows only the fade Brown and the fade Blue. I have documented the Brown Chirag in this excellent thread by Albertatime: link

I found this watch sitting quitely and neglected at the HMT factory outlet at Pune yesterday.









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Showcasing today's haul:

HMT Leo:

A much sought after watch, very hard to find...




HMT Taurus:

Yet another variant of this scarce watch. This time with plain Roman printed indices. Plain black and steel, understated. Beautiful brushed stainless case.




Today's haul:

Includes a couple of Art Deco Janatas and the Leos and Tauruses.



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Hope I can lay my hands on some thing like this some day.
Thanks Munno, AkshayB. The watches were hard to find, have been looking for the Leo ever since Niranjan(penniyulu) posted the pics of his watch in Jan last year.
Those Leos look like they are on expansion bracelets...
Hi Mike, not expansion, the bracelets are run of the mill stainless folded links bracelets. HMT does provide expansion bracelets on their Braille watches.

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Hari

BTW: Found an excellent HMT Analog Alarm Watch in the showroom today, will post pics, watch this space.
 
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