SOLD- ULTRA RARE Hamilton 9988 Chronograph (late 1990's)

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As legend has it, this particular Hamilton created quite the stir in the late 1990's. Known today in the watch community as "the poor man's Daytona" this rare Hamilton with its three sub-dials and panda layout (black sub-dials on a white face), is rumored to have created a legal battle between House Rolex and House Swatch. One quick look at the 9988 and its quite apparent, as even a trained eye needs to take pause to examine the piece before realizing this is not the vaulted Rolex... Whatever the real story, there are very few of these pieces around today, and even fewer in this nearly new condition (even the original box is included!).

Hamilton was an American brand, undoubtedly the most successful until the late 1960's when they purchased Buren Watch Company out of Switzerland and then began a slow decline to merger/acquisition dance offs (first SSIH and then Swatch Group). Fully owned by Swatch in the 90's (the era of this 9988 model), Hamilton has always produced appealing pieces with deep aviation roots.

It is not known how many 9988 units were produced, but there simply are not many around. Contained inside the polished case is the Swiss made Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement. If you are looking for a robust, dependable chronograph, look no further. The condition of this example is best described as mint. It seems the previous owner simply didn't wear it, or only wore it on occasion. Even the original (Hamilton signed) tan leather strap is in great condition and has the original pin buckle. 

  • Swiss Valjoux 7750
  • 39mm
  • Drilled 20mm lugs
  • Domed sapphire crystal


Not guaranteed to be water proof.

Return Policy and Accuracy 

Sorry, no returns on vintage pieces, except in the instance of a non-genuine watch. If one of our vintage pieces is found to not be genuine, we will offer a full refund so buy with confidence! 

These are vintage watches so there is no guarantee with respect to accuracy. They are all keeping time within +/- 3 mins per day.

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