So, two things happen with HMT watches now:It's really nice to see your HMT watches. At one time, it seems it was almost mandatory for pollies to wear one to show that they're one of the people.
I understand why the Indian govt had to stop subsidising the protected home-grown industry; still a pity that the unique flavour is gone.
Is there still musty New Old Stock HMTs languishing in small shops? Or have they been snapped up by canny collectors?
1. The company still sells some of the models from its official site, but they are not accepted as "canonical" models largely because the company is assembling it from NOS spare parts and makes weird combinations depending on what they can lay their hands on.
2. Collectors pay close attention to watches bought retail when the company was still manufacturing watches and treasure them. And some of us pick old watches with dial and/or other issues and have our watchmakers make "mods". For example, the Vijay watches are originals. The max bill look and the propilot look are mods.
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