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I won this Janata Devanagari on eBay last night for $10.50 including a new strap and free shipping from India.

Condition:
Seller refurbished:

Seller Notes:
“THE MOVEMENT HAD BEEN RECENTLY SERVICED AND IS KEEPING PERFECT TIME ,THE WATCH HAS BEEN REFURBISHED TO LOOK LIKE NEW . SEE THE PHOTOGRAPHS FOR ANY DEFECTS”


















Department:
Men
Water Resistance:
No
Year Manufactured:
Vintage (1971-1983)
Gender:
Men
Brand:
Hmt
Model:
Janata
Dial:
Professionally refurbished dial
Glass/crystal:
Will install a new glass/crystal before dispatch
Movement:
Mechanical: Hand-winding
Type:
Wristwatch
Case Diameter:
Please go above to the 6th image
Made:
India
Case & back material:
Stainless steel case & back
Display:
Analog
Band Width:
18mm
Which size wrist will it fit ?:
8.0inches (contact us for bigger wrist)
Band Material:
Newly installed strap
Seller's review about this watch:
It is in ready to wear condition
Warranty:
6 months seller warranty (contact seller to claim it)
Ships to:
All over the world
Shipping charge:
Free shipping to all over the world
Shipping time:
Minimum 7 and maximum 28 business days
ORIGINAL:
100% Original and authentic watch
Water Resistant:
No
UPC:
does not apply
 

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Thanks for the post,those are both beautiful watches.What size are the dials?
 

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Holy cow, talk about bang for the buck ! 😯😮A HUMONGOUS
HMT congrats ahead of time !!!

I'm not sure I've actually seen so much for so little. Plus the specs
are all very impressive, AND it's vintage. :D Not to mention, a
hand winder as well. Yowza, it's quite the pick-up sir. Between the
brand's history, amazing eye-catching, and cost for it all, you must
be on cloud 9 I would imagine. It's going to be tough waiting for
this one, but it will be well worth the wait imho. The design, along
with charm the watch has is amazing.

Want to thank you for not only the look, but also the great history
lesson True ! ;) ..And thank you for the neat pics as well Eric ! (y)
 

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Bought another HMT watch on accident(like my son said when he was little).When I opened eBay on my laptop today the auction for this watch popped up with only 3 minutes till it ended. The bids were at $7.50 so just by reflex I bid $8.00 and won. Total with tax is $8.60 and includes free shipping from India.







 

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Sad to find out that Prashant Pandey ,the guy who wrote the HMT Blog and started the HMT thread on WUS passed away due to Covid.

 

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This is a video Prashant Pandey made to help people identify HMT Franken watches.

 

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Sorry to hear about Mr. Pandey True. I think he would be happy to
see you on this HMT roll to start the year.

We thought the watch the other day was outstanding bang for the
buck wise, but then just a few days later, you surpass that crazy
cool deal. 😮;) And have to add as well, that it's not just about
bang for the buck. Because the watches seem , or would be great
even if they were to cost more money sir. But the fact that you can
get such nice watches for so little IS really pretty amazing.

I can see why not only you, but so many really love these treasures
of the wrist. ..Another GIANT congrats here to you ahead of time !!!
 

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Sorry to hear about Mr. Pandey True. I think he would be happy to
see you on this HMT roll to start the year.

We thought the watch the other day was outstanding bang for the
buck wise, but then just a few days later, you surpass that crazy
cool deal. 😮;) And have to add as well, that it's not just about
bang for the buck. Because the watches seem , or would be great
even if they were to cost more money sir. But the fact that you can
get such nice watches for so little IS really pretty amazing.

I can see why not only you, but so many really love these treasures
of the wrist. ..Another GIANT congrats here to you ahead of time !!!
Thanks Tom! I used the information I learned from Mr Pandey's video to buy this watch on eBay tonite.

It is a Golden Sona and my favorite of the 3. It is one of the most faked of all the HMT watches but this one looks to be all original.



















 

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Discussion Starter · #16 ·
This is a video of the same watch as the one I bought. It is exactly the same as mine except this one has a gold seconds hand and mine is red. both colors are correct for this model.

 

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Thanks Tom! I used the information I learned from Mr Pandey's video to buy this watch on eBay tonite.

It is a Golden Sona and my favorite of the 3. It is one of the most faked of all the HMT watches but this one looks to be all original.















Oh wow, that's outstanding True ! :D A COLOSSALLY cool congrats
here to you once again !!! 😮

Honestly think that these are stunning. With it being easy to see
why these watches are calling to you. Seriously, from a distance,
but then close up they look like a million $. :cool: The terrific design,
fit, and finish, as well as dial, and dial decoration are all extremely
cool. Plus you have a nice movement under the hood, AND it will
fit the wrist like a glove I bet.

Exciting times there for you sir ! ..What a beginning to the year.
 

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Oh wow, that's outstanding True ! :D A COLOSSALLY cool congrats
here to you once again !!! 😮

Honestly think that these are stunning. With it being easy to see
why these watches are calling to you. Seriously, from a distance,
but then close up they look like a million $. :cool: The terrific design,
fit, and finish, as well as dial, and dial decoration are all extremely
cool. Plus you have a nice movement under the hood, AND it will
fit the wrist like a glove I bet.

Exciting times there for you sir ! ..What a beginning to the year.
Thanks Tom! I am really looking forward to getting this watch. Only problem is It might not be until March. I'm learning that buying watches from India is alot different than buying them from China.

 

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Thanks Tom! I am really looking forward to getting this watch. Only problem is It might not be until March. I'm learning that buying watches from India is alot different than buying them from China.

Don’t mention it. :)

Well you are giving me some great insight on this True. ;)
Because I had no idea about that difference, or that it
might take a little longer receiving a watch like that.

Well at least you’ll have time for the anticipation to get
ramped up sir.(y)(y)
 

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Discussion Starter · #20 ·
Thanks Tom actually I cancelled my order for the watch above and bought this one instead. It is the same model but it is a NOS complete with original box and papers.I bought it from a store in India.I don't have it yet but the store owner is a friend and mailed it to me today.The reason I cancelled my order for the first one is that after watching Mr Pandey's video again and talking to someone at the HMT FB group I could see that there were a few problems as to the originality and condition of that watch. The one I bought is brand new but manufactured in 2011.Still it was never worn and has a full warranty. HMT no longer makes the Sona in gold.















 
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