Nobody makes watch winders in India.Thanks. Do u know of any good watch winder makers in india?
I agree entirely. I have witnessed these watches being abused over years and still run and run.I can vouch for the reliability and ruggedness of this particular watch as it has been a faithful partner of mine since last 16 years and has sustained 2 motorcycle crashes with me,and god knows how many knocks at gym .So it has literally taken a beating and kept on ticking.
The authorised distributor I spoke to hadn't seen this white pilot before and he was under impression that someone modified Sona which has similar pattern on dial. He checked with their Bangalore head office and had no response.Any way the reason i am here ,in this thread is that,i got infatuated with the white dialled pilot i saw here and trust me i went to the factory outlets here in bangalore looking for the same .But i found out that only black dialled ones are available and i searched at the local watch dealers for the same, but in vain .The person at the hmt factory outlet was a typical government employee i guess.He told me flatly that no white dialled pilot watch has ever been made and nor will it be made in any foreseeable future.The guys at the other outlet in Unity building were a helpful lot and they told me that Janata and pilot watches are made at their factory situated in Ranibagh,but only their outlet at hmt factory(here in Bangalore) gets pilot watches.
I couldn't get my hand on that one but I managed to get this one. Will let you know when I have it in my hand in two weeks time. The case material is Stainless Steel. Not sure if it is 316L, though. I would think, not.Does anyone know the case material/size/lug width and how I could get hold of one (or two) of these?? Any info appreciated. Thanks in advance!
That Janata model has been discontinued. A pic of the current Janata is posted elsewhere in this forum.Well, I've read the whole very interesting thread - but lost the plot a bit towards the end...
I just love the clean, retro design of this Janata - and the red second hand is a master stroke! Got this pic from the HMT website. Does anyone know the case material/size/lug width and how I could get hold of one (or two) of these?? Any info appreciated. Thanks in advance!
The white Pilot is based on the Sona dial. It is available only in their Chennai store. The black Pilot is now being made only by their Jammu unit, and is available only at the HMT Chinar outlet in Bangalore.I wouldn't blame your dealer either ,because from what iv'e heard, the sales people at hmt's Bangalore (factory) are not at all a helpful lot . The watch(white dialled pilot) is being made for sure and if you can see from the pictures in the thread the dial is similar to that of Tarun except the numbers 12,3,6 and 9 are in metal and that's what made me take interest in this particular version of the hmt Pilot.It seems to be available in Chennai unit .The modification i am sure has been made by hmt's Ranibagh unit.What i could make out from the response of the factory outlet at Unity building ,is that they place orders for the watches based on how quickly they move off the counter.So my guess is that ,the white dialled pilot never made it to Bangalore ,as they don't place orders till the current lot is sold off, and by that time the Ranibagh unit might have gone back to making black dialled Pilots.I sure hope i can find one though.
Thanks Gansan.I am based in Bangalore and ,i would be very grateful to you ,if you could help me procure one from Chennai .The white dialled version of pilot is a beautiful watch and i don't know how long it will be in production. Let me know if its possible and as to how it could be done.The white Pilot is based on the Sona dial. It is available only in their Chennai store. The black Pilot is now being made only by their Jammu unit, and is available only at the HMT Chinar outlet in Bangalore.
Welcome to the forum Jai! Glad that you found the showroom and bought a couple of nice watches. The white Pilot is actually based on the dial of the Sona you have purchased.I am really thrilled about owning the Janta and the Sona and convey my warmest thanks to Mr.Gansan and Mr.Perumal for the information they provided