A HISTORY OF THE MILITARY WATCH 7/25/2014

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A HISTORY OF THE MILITARY WATCH & WWII
WORLD WAR TWO EXPENSIVE MILITARY WRIST WATCHES
AVERAGED 27 TO 29 MM IN SIZE. TO OWN A TRULY FIRST CLASS
TWO MONTH RESTORE EXPECT THAT THE SIZE WILL BE AN
AVERAGE OF 28 TO 29 MM-WITH A FEW LARGER AT 30 MM AND A
RARE FEW AT 31 MM
Why were most watches produced during WWII, including the A-11, smaller
than most eras? It was the fact that materials were limited. Iron, Steel,
Aluminum, Copper, Rubber, Brass, Oils and other strategic metals,
compounds and supplies were scarce. This included Europe, Asia and
South America.. The Swiss followed suit. Only cases made prior to WWII and
still in inventory were produced. But even that was limited by the needs of
Germany, Italy and Russia. The Swiss as neutrals did business with all of the
countries at war or not.

CALDWELL-28MM
The Caldwell is an English watch utilizing Swiss brands as its base, including
the Concord. Most new collectors have no idea that England at one time
had an exclusive Watch Makers Row. From Rolex to the first production
automatic, the Harwood Bumper to the Caldwell.. they were famous. What
ended it was not competition, well, it was competition, but that of the
expansion of the Empire. Companies relocated to India and China and used
cheaper labor! WoW and you thought that was 21 century stuff???

CROYDON-30MM
The Croydon at 30mm is the few WWII watches of this size. Now, I am not
stating that all watches were 26 to 30 mm, I am saying almost all were 26-30
mm in the US. A rare watch could be found above 30 mm, and , of cource,
some of those produced before the war and its limited materials. Iron, Steel,
Alluminum, Copper, Rubber, Brass and other strategic metals, compounds
and supplies were scarce. Like the Revolutionary War in America, supplies
were at a premium--sometimes at the expense of those on the battle feild.
Ask Washington!.

CONCORD 28MM
The Concord today has prices that hover around 2000.00. White and yellow

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Note dial with raised radium numerals. This perhaps is the most beautiful dialed military designed watch. but they hardly saw action like this one and others like it served. began flooding the States with watches. google goldsmithworks concord add WWII if you like GALLET-30MM The oldest watch company and the only one that had a family member at its head until 2009 was. Racine.A HISTORY OF THE MILITARY WATCH 7/25/2014 gold.. Three of rocks watches are in their museum.5 mm case put it at the top. platinum models and other luxury cased Concords cost in the thousands. chronos were issued by the US. when the Swiss . This was a fantastic watch for fliers. Yet the best Concord ever made were those that competed with the Movado. and is. a gold metallic sweeps ring well placed . THIS "RACINE" IS GALLET'S NEPHEW WHO IMPORTED TO US google goldsmithworks GALLET RACINE http://goldsmithworks. The first watches issued were as this one. All of the above would make this watch and those above the top watches during WWII.Though Gallet watches.and of the best materials and parts.htm 2/8 . timers and chronos were issued by the US Military. wrist watches were not. Three of Rock's watches are in their museum. google goldsmithworks MOVADO then A II GALLET-RACINE-30MM The oldest watch company and the only one that had a family member at its head until 2009 was and is GALLET. wrist watches were not. a 29. Gallet and others of similar size and killer dial look of the WWII era. timers. those without the A-11 hacker. Though Gallet watches. google goldsmithworks GALLET WWII MOVADO MILITARY 29. GALLET. Towards the end of the war. who did not have to retool like American watch companies.5 MM Movado had it both ways. This perhaps is the most beautiful dialed military design watch.com/history-of-wwii-watches-1a. Yet all of the above made this watch available during WWII. they introduced several above 31mm automatic bumpers.

there were plenty that served in WWII. Lots of water and time damage before it was restored. millions were provided by the individual solders and officers. http://goldsmithworks.In fact on subs there were Fluorescent light stations just for that purpose [read IRON COFFINS 1965] . The rush to provide watches to officers and soldiers meant adapting stock piles. it was the largest Naval Battle In History. KOREA and VIETNAM. This one served at the Sea Battle of Leyte Gulf or second Battle of the Philippines.to soldiers.A HISTORY OF THE MILITARY WATCH 7/25/2014 OMEGA-30MM WWII caught most watch manufacturers flat footed. The Kriegsmarine [German Navy WWII Military] was authorized --though the German Nave Preferred Phosphorus/Zinc mixtures like the LUMINOVA that required charging -. and PANZER where semi- authorized versions.meant a longer stem was used. Expensive and well known. it belonged to a Petty Officer aboard the Princeton. At the time.an internal explosion took out the light cruiser Birmingham that was attempting to assist in fire control. Because only a small percentage of Military Watches were actually issued. The sales pitch --and the fact the idea worked-.These beauties had military spec movements and awesome cases. The SIGNED PANZER on right is a stopper.htm 3/8 .com/history-of-wwii-watches-1a.note: those of the crews that were not killed were saved from both ships before they sank.M. In WWII the MIDO MULTIFORT was extremely popular. google goldsmithworks PARA km MIDO-29MM While there was never an AUTOMATIC watch issued by the US Armed Forces. before the light aircraft carrier sank -.-. when both the Olympics was in full swing as well as the WWII Allied Treaty Ban on German production of this type of war MATERIAL . google goldsmithworks omega square movement WWII PARA-KM + PANZER-28-26MM The PARA was an absolute favorite of German Officers and Non-Com.so moisture entering the stem dropped to case back and not into movement where it evaporated when setting. both the K. It was issued directly in limited numbers to celebrate the fact that the German's had built the first Panzers between 1935 and 1937. Omega took a square movement placed it in a round case.The Panzer version above also had raised radium numerals and radium insert hands.

If you see one buy it because more than likely it is a WWII FRENCH MILITARY WATCH. MINERVA-30MM This Minerva was sold in Poland. and. this one a Raised Radium Numeral and Hands with center sweep on a matte black dial is awesome. Once in NY. http://goldsmithworks.com/history-of-wwii-watches-1a. Just be sure movement. google goldsmithworks wyler 101st Vietnam ORIS-29MM In 1939 this Oris was traded to an American by a Frenchman for passage aboard the Normandie. then captured booty by a private guarding prisoners in a Rheinwiesenlager in Germany. It served in France and Germany in WWII before finding itself in the Vietnam War Tet Offensive in 1968.htm 4/8 . Often wrongly called a "medic" or "nurses" watch because of the Cross of Lorraine. In fact. google goldsmithworks imperial and google goldsmithworks free French WYLER-101SR-29MM Another WWII Wyler. Great history to say the least. a favorite brand of the Japanese. in turn. The ship would be intentionally put out of order by gangster Lucky Luciano . then stolen by a German officer.A HISTORY OF THE MILITARY WATCH 7/25/2014 IMPERIAL-28MM We cannot forget the Free French Forces that were organized after the fall of France proper. This time piece would make it's way back to the beaches of Normandy on a soldiers wrist and work its way through 3 years of service before winding up in a tiny auction in Tampa Florida in 2011. case design and size are correct because the Free French Cross was utilized after WWII. this Wyler was with the 101st and was part of the rescue team in a Dustoff crash. This Imperial.forcing the Gov to negotiate for the protection of the Dock Workers Union. the Normandie was seized by the US Gov. who opened the door to imports in the 1920's --before building their own Imperial Brand-- was popular with the French. Lucky was guaranteed his freedom as soon as the War ended.

WYLER GERMAN MKT 27MM German Born. with Army Air Corps. many watches we discover that survived the fire bombing and atom bombs and bonzai charges and ship sinking were those supplied by the individual soldier and officer. star or anchor logo. in the anchor style. The movements signed SEIKOSHA were Seikosha. SEIKO NATION 26-28MM While Japan provided SEIKOSHA made & Hybrid [Japan Case/Dial Swiss Movement] watches. google goldsmithworks Japan WWII WYLER PILOT 27MM Only two WWII Italian Air force Macchi-202 's exist in museums today. The above model was captured booty from a Japanese naval officer during the Burma Campaigns. This model was captured booty of a paratrooper of MacArthur's 11th Air Borne Division during the 2nd 11 day battle for Corregidor. Phillpines. just like the US . also copies of Swiss movements and some had Swiss movements. This Italian Pilot may have invested in a "Wyler Pilot " due to the fact is was only offered in Italy and the model shown was taken as booty by a Britt from an Italian Pilot in North Africa in 1943. some had the case stamped. http://goldsmithworks. obtained seven Swiss patents for watch inventions between 1927 and 1940. with air corps part of either branch.A HISTORY OF THE MILITARY WATCH 7/25/2014 SEIKOSHA 28MM The Japanese did supply watches with a cherry blossom. Paul Wyler. the anchor NAVY and the Cherry Blossom Air Corps of Army or Navy. This rare Wyler model was only offered in Germany: making it a candidate for wear during WWII. the star was ARMY. While only an Army and Navy were official "Branches". famous founder of the Wyler Watch Company and engineer who developed the Incaflex Balance and the Single Case Water Proof System. and.htm 5/8 . ships watches and chronographs in limited numbers compared with total amount of forces. Many of these were sold during the 1920's through 1930's to the public: like the above chronometer with a Japanese Seikosha copied Swiss movement. timers. The above Wyler was created and presented to the public during the 1936 Olympics in Germany.com/history-of-wwii-watches-1a.

this one at 31mm.be sure you take a look below at the Gruen WWII 8 watches for 8 American Defense Services advertisement below. if it were not a bumper it would be 29mm. another winner. BELOW ARE PROOF THAT MILITARY WATCHES WERE MADE AND SOLD DIRECTLY TO THE SOLDIER AND OFFICER AS LONG AS THE SOLDIER OR OFFICER HAD THE CASH AND AS LONG AS WATCHES WERE AVAILABLE NOTE THE NAVAL OR MILITARY SERVICE http://goldsmithworks.com/history-of-wwii-watches-1a.A HISTORY OF THE MILITARY WATCH 7/25/2014 GRUEN BUMPER 31MM Gruen radium dialed bumper automatic 1944/45.htm 6/8 .

htm 7/8 .A HISTORY OF THE MILITARY WATCH 7/25/2014 WWI & THIS STORE IS SELLING THOUSANDS OF 4 DOLLAR MILITARY WATCHES AND KITCHENER WIDE LEATHER WIDE CUFF STYLE STRAPS 10 CENTS EACH WWII GRUEN MAKES UP 8 GRUEN WATCHES EACH FOR A SEPARATE BRANCH AND/OR MO LOOK CAREFULLY SOME WITH SWEEPS OTHERS SUB-REGISTERS AND NOTE THE DIAL STYLES SECOND FROM LEFT AT BOTTOM NOTE THE CHAPTER RINGS LIKE THE MOVADO GALLET CONCORDS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL MANIACS IN ATLANTA http://goldsmithworks.com/history-of-wwii-watches-1a.

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