VACHERON CONSTANTIN INVAR MARCONI ZENITH

VACHERON & CONSTANTIN   INVAR The 20th century began with a major breakthrough: The Frenchman Charles Edouard Guillaume invented a material called “Invar,” a nickel-steel alloy. (Guillaume was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1920.) Invar (derived from “invariable” due to its particular characteristics) was the ideal material for balances as its coefficient of[…]

EIGENTUM DER FLIEGERTRUPPEN ALPINA

  GERMAN-EIGENTUM-DER-FLIEGERTRUPPEN.pdf ALPINA ca. 1915: 182597 WITH MILITARY BLACK DIAL SIGNED EIGENTUM DER FLIEGERTRUPPEN ALPINA 60 MINUTE OUTER TRACK BORDER WHITE ARABIC NUMERALS EVERY 5 MINUTES } WHITE ARABIC NUMERALS 1-11 MILITARY/ALPINA LOGO AT 12 HASH MARKS EVERY 5 MINUTES SUB-SECONDS DIAL 60 SECOND OUTER CHAPTER RING STEEL BREGUET HANDS DIAL SIGNED MILITARY/ALPINA TRIANGLE LOGO[…]

RECORD WATCH COMPANY CHARLES LINDBERGH

    RECORD WATCH COMPANY Charles Lindbergh 1930’s Charles Augustus Lindbergh (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974), nicknamed Slim,[1] Lucky Lindy, and The Lone Eagle, was an American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist. At 25 he became a  U.S. Air Mail pilot. From obscurity to instant world fame was accomplished by his[…]

700 ADS

        [auction-nudge tool=”listings”]     1557

VIETNAM WAR ERA ZODIAC GMA 24HR HACKING AWESOME

    SIMILAR ZODIAC SEA WOLF CASE BACK GOLD FILLED   GSW JEWELRY NEXT TO A SEIKO 6105 8000   READY TO WEARRESTORED & OVERHAULEDALL FEATURES WORKINGEXCELLENT CONDITIONVINTAGEVIETNAM ERA1969PX/R&RGMA24 HOURWATER RESISTANTALL STEEL AND GOLD FILLEDHACKING AUTOMATICDIRECTLY FROM VIETNAMWITH70/7217 JEWELHACK SETSHOCK PROTECTEDMANUAL WIND&AUTOMATICZODIAC MOVEMENT WITHBLACKTOP LINECONTRAST STITCHEDOVER STITCHEDDOUBLE NATURAL GRAINLEATHER HIDEHD CHRONOGRAPHWRIST STRAP  33×42mmW/OCROWN AND   ***************************************************[…]

1968 VIETNAM ZODIAC SEA WOLF WITH LIGHTER ON LEATHER CUFF

    BLACK NO DATE WHITE DATE 24 HR HACK ALL THREE HAVE 1968/69 70-72 HACKING AUTOMATICS   RESTORED & OVERHAULED ALL FEATURES WORKINGEXCELLENT CONDITIONVINTAGEVIETNAM ERA1969PX/R&RZODIACSEA WOLFALL STEELHACKING AUTOMATICWHITE DIAL WITH DATEDIRECTLY FROM VIETNAMWITH70/7217 JEWELHACK SETSHOCK PROTECTEDMANUAL WIND&AUTOMATICZODIAC MOVEMENT WITH VINTAGE VIETNAM ERA BLACK LEATHER CUFF STRAP WITH VIETNAM ERA ZIP LIGHTER ENGRAVED IN 1968-1969[…]

WWII SEIKOSHA NAVAL AIR CHRONOGRAPH POCKET WATCH

PARTIAL MATTY COLLECTION H CHRONOGRAPH A RETOUR GEISMAR CHRONOGRAPH A RETOUR GEISMAR With Breitling 639 Base This Bomber stopwatch mechanism was considered specialized equipment utilized by many European Airforce in the 1920’s and ’30s. Producers included **Breitling, Minerva, Leonidas, Universal, Zenith, and **Geismar The French Lip company created a different movement then those above that[…]

VINTAGE IMPERIAL WWII JAPANESE H — 2 ILLUMINATED SEIKOSHA

    READY TO WEAR RESTORED & OVERHAULED ALL FEATURES WORKING VINTAGE WWII 1936-1945 ILLUMINATED SEIKOSHA H ——— 2 MILITARY NAVAL TIMER WITH FREE ONE YEAR GSW LIMITED WARRANTY WITH The Rise Of Japan 1905 – 1945 Imperial Army Imperial Seal Seal & Flag  Imperial Flag             Manchuria , along[…]

JAPANESE IMPERIAL PERIOD CHINA SERVICE HATTORI-SEIKOSHA POCKET WATCH

  RESTORED & OVERHAULED ALL FEATURES WORKING EXCELLENT CONDITION VINTAGE 1938-1945 JAPANESE IMPERIAL PERIOD HATTORI-SEIKOSHA MILITARY POCKET WATCH WITH RARE WWII JAPANESE COMPASS POCKET WATCH WRIST STRAP WITH 15 JEWEL SEIKOSHA MANUAL WIND MILITARY MOVEMENT IN ITS ORIGINAL 100% FINE NICKEL CASE WITH RESTORED LEATHER SEIKOSHA JAPANESE POCKET WRIST STRAP WITH COMPASS AND GREEN FELT[…]

RARE WWII SEIKOSHA IMPERIAL JAPANESE OFFICER MILITARY POCKET WATCH

  RESTORED RARE 1935-1942 WWII SEIKOSHA IMPERIAL JAPANESE OFFICERS SEIKOSHA MILITARY POCKET WATCH WITH RARE SKS SCREW DOWN NICKEL CASE AND EXTREMELY RARE 1938 HAND MADE IMPERIAL JAPANESE LEATHER POCKET WATCH PROTECTOR CASE [ROCK HAS DISCOVERED ONLY 2 IN 15 YEARS] HE OFFERED THIS ONE ON EBAY 2 YEARS AGO AND FREE PROFESSIONAL ONLINE APPRAISAL[…]

1940 -1945 JAPANESE DOUBLE CASED SEIKOSHA MILITARY NAVAL BADGE STRAP

THIS OFFER IS FOR A FULLY ORIGINAL 1940 -1945 JAPANESE DOUBLE CASED SEIKOSHA MILITARY NAVAL WRIST WATCH WITH OVERHAULED ORIGINAL 15 JEWEL MANUAL WIND SEIKOSHA MOVEMENT WITH RARE RESTORED ORIGINAL JAPANESE LEATHER STRAP WITH ORIGINAL RARE NAVAL BADGE AND FREE PROFESSIONAL ONLINE APPRAISAL INCLUDING ALL INFORMATION WITHIN THIS OFFER AND FREE A ONE YEAR GSW LIMITED[…]

1936 -1945 JAPANESE DOUBLE SILVER CASED SEIKOSHA + NAVEL BADGE

    I PERSONALLY OFFERED A SEIKOSHA WWII MILITARY SEIKO WATCH RECENTLY WITH THIS DIAL STRAP AND BADGE. WHEN A NEW PATRON INVESTED IN IT, OUR SERVER WENT DOWN WITH OVER 50 GIGS OF DATA. IN MY FRANTIC RUSH TO DISCOVER THE CAUSE , I ACCIDENTALLY KNOCKED THREE WATCHES THAT PURCHASED OVER THE WEEKEND [13TH[…]

1931-1945 WWII IMPERIAL JAPANESE SEIKOSHA SEIKO + RARE SLIDE COMPASS

  RESTORED RARE 1931-1945 WWII IMPERIAL JAPANESE SEIKOSHA SEIKO with WWII IMPERIAL JAPANESE LEATHER MILITARY STRAP OUTER PROTECTIVE CASE SUPER RARE STRAP COMPASS with FREE PROFESSIONAL ONLINE APPRAISAL [HISTORY INCLUDED] AND FREE ONE YEAR GSW LIMITED WARRANTY with 19.00 US SUBSIDIZED DOUBLE BOXED INSURED WITH SIGNATURE DELIVERY! 26.00 INTERNATIONAL SUBSIDIZED SHIPPING WITH SIGNATURE AND INSURANCE […]

GALLET WIDE CUFF WWII ORIG RADIUM DIAL

  GALLET.htm GLYCINE.htm WESTEND.htm WYLER.htm     GALLET WWI/WWII 11AM – 7 PM EST USA Gallet is the world’s oldest watch and clock making house with history dating back to Humbertus Gallet, a clock maker who became a citizen of Geneva in 1466. The Gallet & Cie (Gallet & Company) name was officially registered by[…]

GLYCINE 24HR WWII WIDE CUFF FULL RESTORE

  [2] GLYCINE WWII   GALLET.htm GLYCINE.htm WESTEND.htm WYLER.htm Glycine is a Swiss wristwatch manufacturer formed in 1914  in Bienne, Switzerland by Eugène Meylan.. Meylan was an uncompromising watch engineer who strove for perfection and produced extremely precise, small movements for ladies watches. Glycine would combine these fine miniature movements with cases fabricated from gold[…]

WWI WWII WEST END WIDE CUFF CONVERSION

          WESTEND WW1/WWII The West End Watch Company was created in 1886. The West End, a district of the centre of London, inspired its name to Mr. Arnold Charpié who was the Bombay representative of the Alcide Droz & Sons firm, a watch company established at Saint-Imier (Canton of Bern) in[…]

WWII WYLER WIDE CUFF CONVERSION

 GALLET.htm GLYCINE.htm WESTEND.htm WYLER.htm   Paul Wyler presented his first 16 and 19-line precision movements to the public in 1927. The particularity of these was the ICAFLEX balance wheel, which was legendary at the time. The Wyler Incaflex balance wheel is protected along its diameter by two curved, elastic arms, which absorb any shocks to[…]

PX BX R+R VIETNAM ERA HELBROS 360 AUTOMATIC CUFF

  READY TO WEAR FULLY RESTORED & OVERHAULED DISCOUNTED WATCH RESTORATION SERVICES WITH WARRANTY SERVICED EXCELLENT CONDITION 1969 ABSOLUTE PX/BX R+R VIETNAM ERA 34 X 38 MM W/O CROWN TWO PIECE STEM SINGLE PARKERIZED CASED HELBROS 360 AUTOMATIC RE-ILLUMINATED WITH AF-LUMINOVA HIGH-PERFORMANCE PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT WITH [SWEEP SECONDS] 17 JEWEL INCABLOC FULL 360 FORWARD-REVERSE MANUAL &[…]

2009-6105-6119-8119-SHARK-PLATE-SEIKO-DIVE

    OUR OFFERS INCLUDE 2 BASIC PROGRAMS:   ONE MOST WATCHES: 175.00INCLUDES AUTOMATIC AND MANUAL WIND WITH OR WITHOUT STANDARD DATE/DAY WINDOWS AND COVERS DIVE,  MILITARY,  DRESS, SPORT, COLLECTIBLE WATCHES IN EARLY ANTIQUE TO VINTAGE TO CLASSIC AND COLLECTIBLE DATE VARIATIONS. BOTH IN SWEEP SECONDS AND SUB-SECONDS [SUB-SECONDS REGISTER] PLUS WARRANTY AND PORTAL MEMBERSHIP[…]

ZODIAC SEA WOLF VIETNAM 1969 WPERIOD CUFF

  1175 Buford Highway. Suite 120 Suwanee, Georgia. 30024 www.goldsmithworks.com 770.831.1257 – 1.800.438.6894 Date/Report Number …..030114.ZSW-VIET-69 Item:  ZODIAC SEA WOLF VIETNAM 1969 W/PERIOD LEATHER CUFF STRAP Description of item: VINTAGE VIETNAM ERA 1969 PX/R&R ZODIAC SEA WOLF ALL STEEL HACKING AUTOMATIC DIRECTLY FROM VIETNAM .LEATHER CUFF STYLE WATCH BAND WITH TRENCH ART CONDITION  NEAR  MINT .Estimated[…]

CUBA CASTRO FERRARI GRAND PRIX MOBSTERS

      In 1882, Armando Río y Cuervo and his brothers ran a watch-making workshop founded by their uncle Ramón in Havana. Cuervo y Sobrinos soon became a reference and a rival for the most prestigious watchmakers of New York, Paris and Rome. In the 1940s, Havana became the meeting point for intellectuals, businessmen[…]

EIGENTUM-DER-FLIEGERTRUPPEN

  OUR OFFERS INCLUDE 2 BASIC PROGRAMS:   ONE MOST WATCHES: 175.00INCLUDES AUTOMATIC AND MANUAL WIND WITH OR WITHOUT STANDARD DATE/DAY WINDOWS AND COVERS DIVE,  MILITARY,  DRESS, SPORT, COLLECTIBLE WATCHES IN EARLY ANTIQUE TO VINTAGE TO CLASSIC AND COLLECTIBLE DATE VARIATIONS. BOTH IN SWEEP SECONDS AND SUB-SECONDS [SUB-SECONDS REGISTER] PLUS WARRANTY AND PORTAL MEMBERSHIP  […]

REDDIT WATCH FORUMS CHILL 45000 VINTAGE WATCHES

  GOLD SMITH WORKS COMMUNITY VINTAGE WATCH COLLECTOR SITE VINTAGE WATCH ALBUMSRESTORED VINTAGE WATCHES       rocks shop jas shop 45,000 IMAGES/25000 PAGES ONLINE 24/7 APPRAISALS 488 PHOTO ALBUMS INFORMATION 100 HISTORY EDU  PDF GSW COMMUNITY WATCH PHOTOGRAPHS OVER 100 THOUSAND ONLINE 488 PHOTO ALBUMS TYPE Google Photobucket Our Sites Albums   488  […]

CHRONOGRAPH CUFF WATCHES ROCKS BEST PICS

    IF YOU TRULY WANT TO VIEW MY WORKS. HOW ABOUT : CHRONOGRAPH CUFF WATCHES !!! ROCKS BEST PICS ON STEROIDS????? CLICK THE LINK BELOW NOW GO HERE FOR 150,000 RESTORATIONS PHOTOS OF ROCKS WORKS AND MORE!

VINTAGE-ADDS

  GOLD SMITH WORKS COMMUNITY VINTAGE WATCH COLLECTOR SITE VINTAGE WATCH ALBUMSVINTAGE WATCH ADVERTISEMENTS

COMMENTS

Customer Feed Back Great ring….fast transaction…would deal with seller again anytime!! Thx Rock Boston Celtics LARRY BIRD 1984 10K Championship Ring Awesome wristwatch! Just like the seller described. I recommend this seller! Vintage Bulova One Owner Rolled Gold & Diamond Watch Shipped fast, as described, thanks… EBAY COMPLETE FEED BACK FROM AUG-18-2014 THROUGH DECEMBER 27TH[…]

GSWtreasures

   My Daughter JAS Has Awesome Jewelry Military Art and Quartz and Mechanical Watches   [auction-nudge tool=”listings”]

BRITISH ZODIAC PROTOTYPE MILITARY WATCH

ONLY TWO HAVE BEEN FOUND BY GSW THE FIRST SOLD FOR 3000.00 INVEST FOR ONLY 1200.00   WE PAY SHIPPING     FREE SHIPPING   [s2Member-Security-Badge v=”1″ /] THE GOLDSMITHWORKS COMMITMENT GOLDSMITHWATCHWORKS /GOLDSMITHWORKS AND /MILITARYWATCHBOX OFFER ONLY THE BEST RESTORED AND WARRANTED TIMEPIECES AVAILABLE. GSW OFFERS ALL BUT A FEW OF OUR ONLINE ADVERTISED TIME[…]

thumb

WATCH Glossary A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Glossary A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z (Features) A Annual calendar A watch displaying the day, date, month, and 24 hours that adjusts automatically for short and long months. An annual calendar requires only a[…]

thumb

DIVE WATCHES A HISTORY

 THESE WERE NON US CONTRACTED\ ONLY THE CANTEEN AND TORNEK WERE CONTRACTED U.S. NAVY DIVE WATCHES WHAT TO LOOK FOR HOW THEY LOOK NOTE. THE 2 DOXA 300T THE BLACK WOULD HAVE BEEN THE ONE UTILIZED THE EARLY ZODIAC NON-DATE WAS THE TOP VIETNAM ERA MIL DIVE RARE NON HACKING VERSIONS WERE THE FIRST ZODIAC[…]

thumb

how to id wwii german military watches

GERMAN-MILITARY-WATCHES.pdf THE QUESTIONS THAT FACE BOTH BUYER AND SELLER OF VINTAGE WWII GERMAN MILITARY WATCHES IS THEIR AUTHENTICATION. I MUST SAY, IF YOU INVEST IN A WATCH THAT IS BLACK DIALED, HAS OLD DEAD RADIUM ILLUMINATED NUMBERS AND HANDS, A SUB SECONDS REGISTER ABOVE THE 6 POSITION, HAS A STEEL OR CHROME CASE WITH WIRED[…]

VIETNAM ISSUED WATCHES

  US GOVERNMENT ISSUED VIETNAM WAR WATCHES WITH A SECTION ON FAKE & COUNTERFEITS READ BEFORE BUYING VIETNAM ERA MILITARY WATCH THERE WERE NEVER ANY NAMES ON DIAL OR US NAVY US ARMY US MARINES OR AIR FORCE EVER OK, I HAVE PUT A VIETNAM MILITARY WATCH PDF TOGETHER IT IS FREE FREE DTU-2 EDUCATIONAL[…]

CONVERT YOUR LIFE

  J LSYF GSW GSWW GST FREE HELP & WATCH ID ROCK BLOG FREE PDF AVAILABLE ALL WATCHES RESTORED BY ROCK WWI: 1915 -1918 -German Fliegertruppen German Aerial Detachments WWI: Pre-Luftwaffe” Was Called The LuftstreitkräFte And Very Early In The War As Die Fliegertruppen Deutschen Kaiserreiches (The Flier Troops [Of] The German Empire) 1915 WWI[…]

45000 PICTURES

“”    700,000 views on google   [auction-nudge tool=”listings”] 1558

AIRMAN SPECIAL

GLYCINE AIRMAN Founded by Eugène Meylan in 1914, Glycine produced watches at a factory in Bienne, Switzerland. Glycine began producing specialty ladies watches with precise, small movements in cases of gold and platinum dressed with diamonds and precious stones. In 1931 Glycine created an automatic movement based on the Hardwood 180 degree “Bumper” which had[…]

AEROSPACE GMT

  READY TO WEAR RESTORED & OVERHAULED EXCELLENT CONDITION VINTAGE 1969 ZODIAC AEROSPACE TRUE 24HR GMT 20 ATM DIVER 600 FEET 1969 Ca: 75 A HiBeat SEVENTEEN JEWEL AUTOMATIC FINE REGULATOR REGULAR 12 X 2 HR TIME MILITARY 24 X 1 HR TIME HACKING WRIST WATCH WITH FOLD OVER CLASPED STEEL BRACELET AND FREE PROFESSIONAL[…]

BRITISH BEAUTIES

A QUICK GUIDE TO THE BRITISH MILITARY WATCH        A FREE PDF IS AVAILABLE Board of admiralty app 1810. The same board room in use today THE BRITISH ADMIRALTY REMAINED THE NATIONS PREMIER MILITARY POLITICAL FORCE AND MILITARY POWER UNTIL THE AGE OF AIRCRAFT AT THE END OF WWII, IT WAS THE ADMIRALTY[…]

BUYING A VIETNAM ISSUE WATCH

US GOVERNMENT ISSUED VIETNAM WAR WATCHES WITH A SECTION ON FAKE NOTE: THE ONLY DIVE WATCH US MIL CONTRACTS WERE THE CANTEEN AND THE TORNEK. IF SOME ONE CAN PINT ANOTHER I WOULD BE HAPPY TO KNOW. FROM ROLEX TO SEA WOLF, MANY DIVES WERE UTILIZED BY NAVY DIVERS UDT ETC,  HELIO AND JET PILOTS ALSO[…]

DAVIDs RESTORED MILITARY CHRONO AVIATION WATCHES

DAVIDs RESTORED MILITARY CHRONO AVIATION WATCHES  ROCK IS NOW RESTORING/SERVICING THIS COLLECTION THE FOLLOWING WATCHES ARE FROM ONE PATRON’S [DAVID] COLLECTION WILL UPDATE AS EACH TIME PIECE OF THIS INCREDIBLE EDUCATION PDFSTORED POCKET TRENCH CONVERSIONS VIETNAM US GOV ISSUE WATCHES GERMAN SUBMARINE WATCHES WWII NON-ISSUE MILITARY WATCHES GERMAN MILITARY WATCHES JAPANESE MILITARY WATCHES BRITISH WWI[…]

JAPANESE BEAUTIES

BELOW JAPANESE WWII ISSUE CHRONOGRAPH BEFORE RESTORE FOR FREE PDF DOWNLOAD A HISTORY OF THE JAPANESE MILITARY WATCH Imperial Japan 1930 – 1945 watches restoredby rock & co Imperial Army Imperial Seal Seal & Flag Imperial Flag     While Japan provided SEIKOSHA made, SWISS made & Hybrid [Japan Case/Dial, w/Swiss and Japanese Movement] watches,[…]

DIVE-WATCHES

   DIVE WATCHES COLLECTIBLE DIVE WATCHES WHAT TO LOOK FOR HOW THEY LOOK   NOTE. THE 2 DOXA 300T THE BLACK WOULD HAVE BEEN THE ONE UTILIZED THE EARLY ZODIAC NON-DATE WAS THE TOP VIETNAM ERA MIL DIVE RARE NON HACKING VERSIONS WERE THE FIRST ZODIAC MILITARY THE BULOVA AND BLANCPAIN WERE ALL DESIGNED FROM[…]

GERMAN WWI WWII

    GERMAN-MILITARY-WATCHES.pdf THE QUESTIONS THAT FACE BOTH BUYER AND SELLER OF VINTAGE WWII GERMAN MILITARY WATCHES IS THEIR AUTHENTICATION. I MUST SAY, IF YOU INVEST IN A WATCH THAT IS BLACK DIALED, HAS OLD DEAD RADIUM ILLUMINATED NUMBERS AND HANDS, A SUB SECONDS REGISTER ABOVE THE 6 POSITION, HAS A STEEL OR CHROME CASE[…]

MATTY COLLECTION

  OCT 30TH 2014 TOP RESTORATIONS 2014 JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUNE JULY AUGUSTUS SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOV 2013 JAN– FEB–MAR–APRIL–MAY– JUNE–JULY–AUG–SEP OCT NOV DEC 2012 JAN –FEB–MAR–APRIL –MAY–JUNE–JULY–AUG–SEPT–OCT–NOV–DEC 2011NOV DEC TEN YEAR WATCH POLICY http://helpme.lsyf.com/ Limited Alpina production-For Goering Luftwaffe Hacking Sweeps BY ALPINA HONORING HITLER SEIKOSHA CHRONO SEIKOSHA SUB TIMER WWII SEIKOSHA Alpina[…]

thumb

JAPAN-1880

GOLDSMITHWORKS IN BIZ FOR 30 YEARS ONLINE SINCE 1992 ONLY OFFERS OUR PRODUCTS ON EBAY WATCH SALES  REPAIRS RESTORATIONS APPRAISALS ALL GSW OFFERS ARE ON EBAY 800-438-6894        OUTER CASE – INNER BOX – CLOTH POCKET WATCH AND POCKET WATCH LANYARD HOLDING KEY ***************************************** JUST THE CASE 46.01 MM     1.81 INCHES W/NECK/BUTTON 54.99[…]

thumb

NUMBER 2 HISTORIC US ARMY AIR PILOTS WRIST WATCH

 GOLDSMITHWORKS HAS BEEN ONLINE TRADING & RESTORING WATCHES SINCE 1992 SINCE JOINING EBAY TEN YEARS AGO WE- HAVE POSTED OVER 150,000 PERMANENT  IMAGES PLUS HISTORIES OF ALL OF OUR RESTORATIONS PICASA -PHOTO BUCKET -GOOGLE   WE MAINTAIN 13 WEBSITES PROVIDING OUR PATRONS WITH FREE DETAILED   INFORMATION, HISTORY/CLEAR PICS ON WATCHES RESTORED THE LAST TEN[…]

thumb

PERSHING WATCH OR DIAL KITCHENER FOCH

THE POPULARITY OF THE UNIQUE PERSHING DIAL MADE THAT DIAL THE PERSHING DIAL. NOTE THE POCKET STYLED / CASED PERSHING ABOVE. WE STILL DISCOVER SPECIAL “PERSHING DIALED” WATCHES IN MANY FORMS IT SEEMS THAT MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, SOMEONE, USUALLY FROM A WATCH FORUM,WILL CONTACT ROCK TO INFORM HIM THAT SOMETHING/EVERYTHING IN AN OFFER IS[…]

A HISTORY OF A-11 USA MILITARY WATCHES IN PICTURES

    A HISTORY OF A-11 USA MILITARY WATCHES IN PICTURES

HITLER ALPINA WWII NAZI PARTY GIFT

THE RAREST WWII GERMAN WATCH A SMALL RUN OF THESE POCKET WATCHES WERE MADE IN GERMANY BY ALPINA   HONORING   HITLER.–\FEW SURVIVED  FEWER STILL ACTUALLY RUN DUE TO PARTS THIS ALPINA WAS/IS NOT SIMPLY A FASHION OR HONOR WATCH THE FACT THIS ALPINA HAS A MILITARY  HACKED SWEEP SECONDS HAND AND THIS RARE MILITARY GRADE[…]

VIETNAM-BROWN-WATER-BLACK-BERET-SEALS-RIVERINES-SEA-WOLVES

    WELCOME TO GOLDSMITHWORKS EBAY STOREFRONT. GOLDSMITHWORKS AND MILITARY WATCH BOX, WITH A BEAUTIFUL STUDIO AND GALLERY LOCATED IN SUWANEE GA ARE STATE LICENSED PRECIOUS METAL DEALERS, JEWELERS, GOLDSMITH AND WATCHMAKERS, AND ARE IN$URED THROUGH JEWELERS MUTUAL. WE ARE A MEMBER OF JEWELERS OF AMERICA, THE SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICAN GOLDSMITHS,POLYGON, THE DIAMOND NETWORK[…]

thumb

HIDDEN MAP CONVERSION RED CROSS WATCH

New Page 5   FACT. GOLDSMITHWORKS HAS BEEN ONLINE TRADING & RESTORING WATCHES SINCE 1992 SINCE JOINING EBAY TEN YEARS AGO, WE HAVE OFFERED OUR VINTAGE TIME EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE WITH EB WE HAVE ALSO POSTED OVER 150,000 IMAGES OF OUR RESTORATIONS PICASA -PHOTO BUCKET -GOOGLE FREE WARRANTY AND APPRAISAL VERIFYING THE AUTHENTICITY OF OUR TIME[…]

thumb

INSURING YOUR VINTAGE WATCH INVESTMENT

APPRAISALS http://value.lsyf.com   KEYSTONE THE GSW GOLDSMITHWORKS APPRAISAL IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS YOU CAN POSSESS AS TO YOUR VINTAGE WATCH. NOT ONLY IS THE WATCH DETAILED AS WELL AS OUR OFFERS, IT IS GOOD ENOUGH TO UTILIZE IN INSURING YOUR VINTAGE WATCH AND FOR INSURING THAT YOU RECEIVE THE VALUE IF YOU[…]

LSYF_APPRAISALS

THE GSW GOLDSMITHWORKS APPRAISAL IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS YOU CAN POSSESS AS TO YOUR VINTAGE WATCH. NOT ONLY IS THE WATCH DETAILED AS WELL AS OUR OFFERS, YOU MAY UTILIZE IN INSURING YOUR VINTAGE WATCH. IT IS A DETAILED DOCUMENT IN CASE OF THEFT OR REPLACEMENT. IT DEMONSTRATS IT WAS WAS RECENTLY[…]

DANHOBACK

DAN HOBACK A ONE YEAR WARRANTY CLICK FOR DIRECT APPRAISAL CLICK FOR ALL APPRAISALS   Vintage 1968 US Military Wrist Watch  GS-06S-1147 DTU-2A/P-3818B [NOTE THIS PARTICULAR MILITARY WATCH WAS NOT MADE TO THE BELOW LOW SPECS. IT WAS THE TOP TIME PIECE DURING VIETNAM ISSUED TO AVIATORS AS WELL AS RANKING NON COM GROUND POUNDERS.[…]

Mikes Route 66

  CHECKING THIS WEEK’S BATCH OF RESTORATIONS CHECKING THIS WEEK’S BATCH OF RESTORATIONS HAVE AN AGED VINTAGE SEIKO HERE WITH CROWN ISSUE: PROBLEM WAS ATTEMPTING TO  REPLACE CROWN PROVED IT WAS SO TIGHT EVEN USING VICE GRIP TOOL WOULD NOT BUDGE IT. REMOVED CRYSTAL WITH BEZEL, HANDS AND CASE BACK THEN GOT READY TO IMPROVISE..[…]

Illinois Pennsylvania Special 1905 1921

  Illinois Pennsylvania Special 1905 1921  Pennsylvania Special 1921 Illinois Pennsylvania Special 1905 1921 ILLINOIS POCKET WATCHES 1921 1905   CLICK IMAGE ABOVE FOR FULL HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGE Washington Post, Nov 21, 1919   Kay Jewelry Store to Open Premises at 407 Seventh Street Are Remodeled for New Business. The Kay Jewelry store, 407 Seventh[…]

LEN_MULLER_6105_8009

     LEN_MULLER_6105_8009 Len Muller   6105 – 8009 SEIKO DIVE WATCH LEN MUELLER 6105 8009  KEEPS GREAT TIME LOOKS LIKE IT IS A NEAR NOS TIME PIECE   99% OF CASE FLAWS, DINGS, DENTS, IMPERFECTIONS  REMOVED FILING AND SANDING THEM MEASURED THEN POWER ROUGE CUTTING AND POLISHING WITH 4 DIFFERENT ROUGES REMOVED MANY DINGS[…]

Vietnam 6105 Seiko Diver 2016 6th Cavalry Custom Strap

    Vietnam 6105 Seiko Diver 2016 6th Cavalry Custom Strap  Vietnam 6105 Seiko Diver 6th Cavalry Custom Strap   I MASHED MY THUMB 4 TIMES SETTING THE RIVETS.. HOLES ARE FOR BREATHING AND ABILITY TO USE LEATHER OR NYLON CORD TO CARRY AROUND NECK OR ATTACHE TO FIELD GEAR OR OTHER SUCH CARRYING ABILITY […]

6105 B DAINI SEIKOSHA 8000 PROOF

THE MOST VALUABLE SEIKO 6105 DIVE WATCH IS THE 6105_*B-8000 WITH “PROOF” ON DIAL AND 6105B DAINISEIKOSHA CO LTD SEVENTEEN 17 JEWELS UNADJUSTED JAPAN ON ROTOR ASSEMBLY * DENOTES THE MODEL WITH HACKING ABILITY index.html NOTE THE “PROOF” JAPAN 6105 -8000 T ON DIAL 6105B DAINISEIKOSHA CO LTD SEVENTEEN 17 JEWELS UNADJUSTED JAPAN ROTOR WEIGHT[…]

FRANK_PAVE_SEIKO_6105B_8110

FRANK PAVE  GENUINE  6105-8110-B *HACKING DIVE WATCH MODEL IS THE 150M WATER RESISTANT I recommend that YOU click here then when page opens select file in  browser tool bar then select SAVE AS WEBPAGE and save this to YOUR hard drive!  http://goldsmithtraining.com/SIK/ FRANK 6105 APPRAISAL * MANUAL/AUTOMATIC MECHANICAL WRIST WATCHES DO NOT STOP LIKE A[…]

DIVE WATCHES A HISTORY

Categories: INFORMTION


 THESE WERE NON US CONTRACTED\
ONLY THE CANTEEN AND TORNEK WERE CONTRACTED

U.S. NAVY DIVE WATCHES

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

HOW THEY LOOK

NOTE. THE 2 DOXA 300T

THE BLACK WOULD HAVE BEEN THE ONE UTILIZED

THE EARLY ZODIAC NON-DATE WAS THE TOP VIETNAM ERA MIL DIVE

RARE NON HACKING VERSIONS WERE THE FIRST ZODIAC MILITARY

THE BULOVA AND BLANCPAIN WERE ALL DESIGNED FROM MIL SPECS

BULOVA BUILT THE FIRST NAVY AUTOMATIC

THEY BUILT AND TESTED A SERIES OF DIVES TO 300 PLUS FEET

THEN THE FINAL SPECS ARRIVED 1961 WHICH HAD THE CIRCULAR MOISTURE INDICATOR

U.S. NAVY SPEC MIL W 22176 A

BULOVA DID NOT RENEW THE CONTRACT CHOOSING TO OFFER CIVILIAN WATCHES

WITH THE TECHNOLOGY THEY DEVELOPED

BLANCPAIN TOOK OVER AND USED ORIGINAL BULOVA TECHNOLOGY FOR CASE ETC

AND THE NEW Milspec 1 SPECIFICATIONS IN

U.S. NAVY SPEC MIL W 22176 A

TO PRODUCE THE TR-900

NOTE THE FIFTY FATHOMS WAS UPDATED TO INCLUDE THE U.S. NAVY DEVELOPED MOISTURE INDICATURE

[NOTE PICTURES –THANKS TO TIME ZONE — X

DOWN TO THE CHEMICALS THAT MADE IT WORK

AND THEN PLACED THIS TECHNOLOGY INTO THE FIFTY FATHOMS Milspec 1

(NOTE: THEY HONORED THE U.S. NAVY )

US-NAVY-DIVERS-WATCHES.jpg (267958 bytes)

U.S.
NAVY SPECA MIL W 22176 A

****************************************************************

U-S-NAVY-CONTRACT-1.jpg (67500 bytes)

*********************************************************

U.S.
NAVY SPECA MIL W 22176 A

TR-900-PIC.jpg (154003 bytes)

U.S.
NAVY SPECA MIL W 22176 A

THE FIRST AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCHES

The modern scuba diving watch was introduced to the public in 1954 at the annual watch trade show in Basel, Switzerland; With existing contracts with the Air Forces and Army, the US Navy entered into an agreement with the Bulova Watch Company, and it’s Bulova Research and Development Laboratories, to develop and manufacture a new dive watch.

THE 1964 BULOVA 666 MODEL LAUNCHED ALL FUTURE LINES AND MODELS OF THE FAMOUS NAVY MILITARY DIVE WATCHES DURING VIETNAM WAR AND ALL FUTURE BULOVA 333 FEET AND 666 FEET DIVE WATCHES.

ADDITIONALLY, THE FIRST OFFICIAL US MILITARY DIVER WATCH WAS IS THE RESULT OF THREE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS FROM 1958,TO 1961, [MIL-W-3181 / MIL-W-22176 / MIL-W-22176A].

IT WAS IN 1961 THAT BULOVA, UNDER US NAVY CONTRACT TO PERFECT THE FIRST AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCH WITH PLEXIGLAS CRYSTAL, WAS FINALLY SUCCESSFUL AND IT PASSED ALL GOVERNMENT TESTS INCLUDING DIVING TO 392 FEET.

wpeB2.jpg (44421 bytes)

WHILE STILL IN DEVELOPMENT, IN 1963, BULOVA DROPPED THEIR CONTRACT & THE CONTRACT WAS TAKEN OVER BY BLANCPAIN, WHO PRODUCED THE TR-900 DIVE WATCH.

THE TR-900 DIVE MATCHED MUCH OF THE SPECS, CASING AND OTHER DESIGNS OF BULOVA’ FINAL VERSION, INCLUDING THE VERY LOOK AND DESIGN DOWN TO THE RADIUM MARKERS, BEZEL AND BEZEL INSERT.

ABOUT 1000 TR-900?S WOULD BE PRODUCED UNDER TWO CONTRACTS FOR THE NAVY DURING 1964 & 1965 AND ISSUED TO NAVY UDT FROGMAN TEAMS AND MARINE RECON UNITS DURING THE VIETNAM WAR.

AROUND THE SAME TIME, BULOVA RELEASED THEIR PLEXIGLAS AUTOMATIC 666 DIVE WATCH FOR COMMERCIAL SALES AND WERE AVAILABLE AT MILITARY PX.

IT IS IN THIS TIME FRAME THAT ELGIN PRODUCED THEIR FIRST AUTOMATIC WATER PROOF, ALL STEEL DIVE WATCH WITH RADIUM MARKERS.

 


BY 1964-1967, DIVE WATCHES WERE IN HIGH DEMAND. ESPECIALLY AUTOMATICS. AND, WITH A WET HOT HUMID VIETNAM WAR — THE PX WAS A HOT MARKET.

[NOTE: ALL THE WATCHES SHOWN WERE RESTORED BY ROCK]

wpe120.jpg (18267 bytes)

 

BULOVA, WHO ACTUALLY DEVELOPED THE FIRST US AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCH UNDER US CONTRACT, RELEASED THEIR AUTOMATIC MODEL IN COMPETITION WITH THE ZODIAC SEA WOLF AUTOMATIC. BOTH WERE INVESTED IN BY US AND AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS FROM PRIVATE TO OFFICER…I FACT, THEY MADE MORE SALES AND MONEY THAN BLANCPAIN, WHO HAD TAKEN OVER THE BULOVA CONTRACT AND UTILIZED THE MAIN LOOK AND FEATURES OF BULOVA RESEARCH IN PRODUCING THE US MILITARY DIVE WATCH! IN ADDITION TO NEW SPECIAL ALLOYED STEEL ANTI-MAGNETIC CASE, AND THE USE OF AN ALTERNATIVE ***ILLUMINATION MATERIAL FOR INDICES AS WELL AS THE NAVY MOISTURE INDICATOR AND IT HAD TO WORK DEEPER THAN FIFTY FATHOMS (300 FEET).

***
Promethium 147
would glow brighter and longer, both underwater and at night. However the downside to this was that its half-life is only 2.5 years, unlike Tritium, which has a 12.4-year half-life, and Radium whose half-life is measured in centuries.

 


http://goldsmithwatchworks.com/NOV-25/BUL-WALT1.jpg

 

 

WALTHAM [ABOVE], ANOTHER LONG TIME US MILITARY WATCH DEVELOPER, FOLLOWED WITH THEIR OWN MODEL WHICH WAS LARGER THAN THE BULOVA, ZODIAC OR ELGIN…

http://goldsmithwatchworks.com/NOV-25/BUL-WALT2.jpg

 

ELGIN, WHO HAD SUPPLIED US MILITARY WATCHES SINCE WWI. RELEASED THERE OWN VERSION WITH STRAIGHT DROP LUGS, MEDIUM BEZEL IN A SMALL CASE SIMILAR TO THE OLD ELGIN WWII CASES. IT WAS ONLY LARGER DUE TO THE BEZEL.

 

IMG_1315.JPG (130202 bytes)

AND, FINALLY, WE HAD BENRUS. BENRUS HAD, BY BEATING OUT BULOVA, ACTUALLY WON THE FIRST MAIN CONTRACT FOR MILITARY ISSUED VIETNAM SERVICE US ARMY AND AIR FORCE WATCHES AND ALSO A MILITARY DIVE WATCH. THEY WOULD INTRODUCE THE SINGLE CASE BENRUS. AT THAT TIME, DUE TO ITS SINGLE CASE DESIGN AND THE SIMPLY BEZEL WITH ELGIN STYLE LUGS, IT BECAME A HIT WITH THE GI’S. BUT THEY TOOK ANOTHER STEP. TO MAKE THEIR DIVE WATCH STAND OUT, THEY INTRODUCED A LIMITED 25 JEWEL INCABLOC MODEL. THEY UTILIZED A 25J A.S. EUBACH AND A ETA 17J ROTOR ASSEMBLY TO PRODUCE THE LIMITED SELF WINDING ULTRA DEEP 666 FEET.

 

Dear goldsmithworks,

Hello Rock,

Someone had put Blancpain 50 Fathoms Milspec 1 on Ebay with
the Hefty Price Tag attached. Even if I had THAT Purchasing Power, I doubt
I would have paid that much… OK, it is a limited issue military
Blancpain. I assume by sn# you can trace it to some military top gun,
and, correspondingly to some military operation. However mechanism does not have
that many complications! Wondering how much will it fetch at the
end?

Enjoy your week-end!

Best Regards,

Denis D.

 

REPLY:

I WROTE THE VENDER. WE BELIEVE IT IS NOT 1950, NOR MILITARY.

THE US GOV OFFERED A CONTRACT TO WATCH MAKERS TO BUILD FIRST AUTOMATIC US NAVY DIVE WATCH

BULOVA WON THE CONTRACT

BULOVA SUCCESSFULLY DESIGNS IMPLEMENTS A PROTOTYPE THAT PASSES TO 300 FEET

WITH THIS TECHNOLOGY IN HAND, BULOVA DECIDES TO NOT RE-UP THE CONTRACT WHEN CHANGES ARE MADE .

BULOVA BEGINS PRODUCTION OF DIVE WATCHES [666 333 ETC] FOR CIVILIAN SALES.

http://timefraud.com/mil-w-22176-a-specs-5961-m-w-dive/

ABOVE OPENS IN OWN WINDOW SO YOU MAY CONTINUE READING

NOTE THE YEAR AT TOP RIGHT OF SPECS, NOTE THE ADDITION OF A MOISTURE INDICATOR ABOVE 6 POSITION, NOTE ALL DETAILS OF DIAL

 

BLANCPAIN SUBMITS FOR CONTRACT AND TAKES OVER 1960/61

(IN COULD HAVE BEEN 1958/1959)

THE WATCH HE IS SELLING IS A DEAD RINGER FOR THE FIRST CIVILIAN MODEL THAT WAS CREATED USING TECHNOLOGY FIRST DESIGNED–INCLUDING CHEMICAL COMPOSITION
OF CIRCLE MOISTURE INDICATOR– BY THE US NAVY .

ADDITIONALLY, THE Milspec 1 on dial? That WOULD correspond to the first contract spec proposal FOR THE MILITARY VERSION by the USA NAVY.

YOU DID CLICK THE LINK ABOVE AND READ THE DATE?

THE U.S. NAVY VERSION DID NOT AND WOULD NOT HAVE “FIFTY FATHOMS ” EITHER ON THEIR WATCHES AND I WOULD ASSUME THEY ALL HAD THEIR CASE BACKS SIGNED AND IMPRINTED WITH SERIALS ET AL. I BELIEVE THERE WERE 10,000 UNITS.

the military version would have U.S. on dial as shown in specs, – though documents could arise that have something i have not seen…

so, it is a nice find, it would technically be a copy of the MILITARY SPECIFICATIONS AS OUTLINED IN DOC ABOVE.

So cannot be 1950?s……. AND THE Moisture Indicator IS EXACT AS THE DOC.

THE US GOV RELEASES THEIR SPECS AND THEN BIDS ARE MADE
IN THIS CASE IT IS POSSIBLE THAT US NAVY USED MOISTURE INDICATOR
BASED ON A BLANCPAIN DESIGN, YET NO DOCS HAVE SURFACED. BEING
AN AUTOMATIC IS ALSO AN INDICATOR. PROFESSIONAL AUTOMATIC DIVE
WATCHES USUALLY DATE TO 1958 +

read:

http://timefraud.com/us-navy-dive-watches-1940-1990/

ABOVE LINK OPENS IN OWN WINDOW SO YOU MAY CONTINUE HERE..

i noticed moisture ring is one color

that means case was breached; got wet..

value IN MY OPINION could by $9k

i do not believe it is worth 30k.

but who knows, it is original and awesome.

i cannot see how one could fix the moisture ring

i believe 10,000 units of the US NAVY version were released.

IF IT WERE MILITARY a premium would be added.

i have not seen nor acquired any info that says “milspec 1? was a US issue

RATHER Milspec 1 SEEMS TO BE IN HONOR OF THE FIRST U.S.NAVY VERSION.

i also do not know if case back was imprinted like all mil watchs,

but would say i cannot believe they were not

later

rock

ps: you are about to become educated in us mil dive watches!.

 

TIMEFRAUD-COM-LB.jpg (20368 bytes)

***********************************************************

BLANCPAIN watch dial ( No Radiations )
with Date window ( Old fifty fathoms )

mywatchcorne
999.00
Add to cart

BLANCPAIN-FAKE-FRAUD.jpg (41501 bytes)

DIAL IS FAKE IT SHOWS RAISED TRITIUM MARKERS THAT HAVE AGED. STRAIGHT PAINT WOULD NOT AGE. WHETHER OR NOT IT IS RADIUM OR TRITIUM IS NOT THE POINT. THE DIAL INDICATORS COULD BE COLORED TO LOOK LIKE AGED RADIATED INDICES. THE SELLER TRIES TO MAKE YOU BELIEVE THIS WATCH DIAL IS GENUINE BUT HAS FAILED TO REMOVE THE TRITIUM “T” AND RADIATION DETAILS TO THE RIGHT OF THE SWISS MADE SIGNATURE DENOTING TRITIUM ON THE DIAL

IN FACT, THE ABOVE DIAL HAS THE HIGHEST RADIATION SYMBOL IN THE

“T <25 mc .

Tritium:

Tritium was used from the 1960s until the late 1990s. Also being radio-active, but more mildly so (beta waves). The half-life mentioned above is of approx. 12,3 years. After that, Tritium (in most cases) will not glow anymore.

There were two degrees of Tritium employed at the time:

a) the dials emitting radio-activity of less than 25 mC. Dials were often marked “SWISS T < 25?

b) the dial emitting radio-activity of less than 7,5 mC. Dials often marked “T SWISS T”.

WE WROTE THE SELLER
EXPLAINED THE DIAL WAS RADIATED
WILL SEE IF THEY STILL OFFER IT FOR 999.00

BLANCPAIN-NO-RADIATIONS-2.jpg (119497 bytes)

 

THIS VINTAGE Fifty Fathoms aBOVE HAS THE CORRECT anti-radiation dial marking
IN ADDITION, NOTE THE MARKERS ARE WHIT, AND NOT
AGED BROWN YELLOW OR ORANGE TINTED OR COLORED
LIKE TRITIUM AND RADIUM DIALS

***********************************************

REAL DEAL BLANCPAIN FIFTY FATHOMS
BUILT TO US NAVY SPECIFICATION
BUT NOT MILITARY

ADVERTISED AS

1950?s Original Vintage BLANCPAIN
Fifty Fathoms Milspec 1 Automatic Dive Watch

shinmeigu

“This watch has a very distinctive look, the Fifty Fathoms were first made around 1953 for the French Army Frogmen commandos and it’s one of the most collectible military piece as well as the rarest BLANCPAIN you can find!”

NOTE : THE DATING AND THE COUNTRY ARE WAY OFF. THE FIFTY FATHOMS WAS THE CIVILIAN VERSION OF THE TORNEK-RAYVILLE US NAVY DIVE WATCH/ DEVELOPED BY BULOVA AND THEN IMPROVED UPON BY US NAVY SPECS BY BLANCPAIN. THOUGH THERE WERE SERIOUS MILITARY DIVERS DEEP SEA WATCHES SINCE THE 1930?S, LIKE THE U.S. CANTEEN, THEY WERE MOSTLY MECHANICAL WIND VERSIONS, NOT AUTOMATICS. AS FAR AS AUTOMATICS, ROLEX HELD A PATENT FOR THE 360 DEGREES ROTOR SYSTEM UNTIL APP: 1950 WHEN THE SWISS INTRODUCED A FULL ROTOR MOVEMENT. THE BIDYNATOR WAS THE AUTOMATIC THAT WAS UTILIZED BY NEARLY EVERY TOP LINE MAKER.

TR-900 U.S. NAVY DIVER

BLANCPAIN-US-NAVY-BACK.jpg (33915 bytes)

THIS IS A CASE BACK WITH MIL-W-22176 SERIAL
AN ACTUAL NAVY DIVERS BLANCPAIN

http://timefraud.com/us-navy-dive-watches-1940-1990/
OPENS IN NEW WINDOW

DIAL-ONE.jpg (25788 bytes)

NOTE DATE TOP RIGHT
NOTE INDICATOR AT BOTTOM

BLANCPAIN-FUFTY-FATHOMS.jpg (14473 bytes)

http://timefraud.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=139&action=edit&message=1
OPENS IN NEW WINDOW

BLANCPAIN-REAL.jpg (19750 bytes)

NOTE CASE BACK
IT HAS
MILSPEC 1

WHICH WAS IN REGARDS TO THE FIRST
US NAVY CONTRACT SPECIFICATIONS
BUT IS NOT A NAVY DIVER BLANCPAIN

BLANCPAIN-DIAL-.jpg (35420 bytes)

NOTE THE LOOK
NOTE BEZEL
NOTE MARKERS
NOTE HANDS
NOTE RADIUM RAISED MARKER
NOT THE DIAL INDICATOR

[AGE OR MOISTURE HAS TURNED THE WHITE HALF PEACH COLOR)

BLANCPAIN-2.jpg (15144 bytes)

THE DIVE BEZEL AND MARKINGS ARE CORRECT
THEY ARE AGED CORRECTLY

THE MOISTURE INDICATOR IS TWO COLORS
WITH SOME INDICATION OF MOISTER

THE TOP MARKER WITH RADIUM IS CORRECT

BLANCPAIN-3.jpg (29177 bytes)

THE ABOVE IS CORRECT
THOUGH THE MILSPEC 1 LOOKS REPAIRED
IT IS MIRRORED ON THE REVERSE ON CASE BACK

BLANCPAIN-565.jpg (534585 bytes)

BLANCPAIN RAYVILLE S.A.

BELOW ARE PICTURES OF ALLEGED GENUINE BLANCPAIN DIVE WATCHES. NOTE WE FIND SOME WATCHES WITH THE MILITARY SPECIFICATION MOISTURE
INDICATOR AS EARLY AS 1953. I FIND THAT FACT SOME WHAT STRANGE, SO I WILL STICK TO WHAT WE HAVE PREVIOUSLY DETERMINED. THE OTHER ITEM IS THE FRENCH MILITARY BLANCPAIN BEING THE SEED FOR THE FF BLANCPAIN. ONLY ONE BLANCPAIN HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS FRENCH MILITARY AND THAT WAS FOR FRENCH DIVERS SCHOOL, AND THE DATRE AND STYLE ARE MORE 1956 TP 1958.!

wpe94.jpg (7189 bytes)

French military diving school model.1953-1955
OUR DATING IS 1956

BLANKPAIN AND FRENCH NAVY

ON THE BLANCPAIN WEBSITE, BLANCPAIN DELIVERS A MESSAGE THAT IT WAS THE FRENCH WHO ARE RESPOCIBLE FR THE FIFTY FATHOMS AND THAT THE US ORDERED SOME/ THEY DO NOT GO INTO ANY DETAIL AND MAKE IT SEEM AS IF US NAVY SIMPLY ORDERED THE BLANPAIN.

FIFTY FATHOMS EQIAL 300 FEET THE US NAVY HAD ALREADY REACHED 333 FEET WITH BULOVA’S AUTOMATIC PROTO TYPE. BY THE TIME BLANCPAIN SIGNED ON USN HAD OPTED FOR A NEW DESIGN IN THEIR MILITARY SPECIFICATIONS 1= 400 FEET.

ALSO, CONTRADY TO THE AWESOME BUT LACKING TIMEZONE BLANCPAIN HISTORY, TIME ZONE STATES THAT THE ONLY MAJOR ITEM THAT THE US NAVY REQUIRED WAS THE ILLUMINATION FOR THE DIALAND OTHER ILLUMINATED PARTS.

BLANCPAIN
delivered the watches to the US military under two names, “Blancpain Tornek” and “Rayville Tornek– “Like many of the military watches, the Tornek series complied with particular military specifications. Indeed, the Tornek series watches bear the label “MIL-SPEC 1” on the dial. One element commonly found in the military specifications dealt with the luminosity of the dial and bezel markings. In the US case, as in the case of many other military units, it was required that the Fifty Fathoms use radioactive material, such as Promethium 147, so that the indications would “glow” in the night conditions envisioned for many dives. These MILSPEC materials were fearsome, even by the rather casual standards of the day that applied to radioactive elements. The cases bore an inscription reading “DANGER. IF FOUND RETURN TO NEAREST MILITARY FACILITY “

THE ABOVE STORY LINE LEADS ONE TO BELIEVE THE ILLUMINATION WAS “FEIRCE” AND, THUS, “DANGEROUS”, AND THAT THE WATCHES HAD TO BE BURIED, DISPOSED OF. ET AL.. THE FACT IS, BY THE TIME THE FF BLANCPAIN REACHED CIVILLIAN USAGE, RADIUM WAS THE FEAR. STORIES OF CANCER OF THE NOUTH, HEAD, NECK. AND TERRIBLE FACTS THAT WERE COMPLILED OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS MADE THE PUBLIC FEAR WATCHES THAT GLOWED. THAT IS WHY THE WORDS “NO RADIATIONS” WAS USED ON SO MANY LATER BLANCPAIN FIFTY FATHOMS. THINK ABOUT IT. THIS UGLY YELLOW OT GREEN CRUICLE WITH “NO RADIATIONS” WRITTEN ON IT.

http://people.timezone.com/jmerino/history50.pdf
OPENS IN NEW WINDOW

BL-MIL-CPEC1.jpg (7146 bytes)L-US60.jpg (7447 bytes)

MILSPEC US NAVY 1960

http://timefraud.com/mil-w-22176-a-specs-5961-m-w-dive/

OK, WHEN IT COMES TO HISTORY, EVEN BLANCPAIN CAN MAKE CHANGES IF NO ONE IS WISER. THEN WE DISCOVER THE AUTHORATIVE PUBLICATIONS PICK THIS UP AND IT BECOMES HISTORY. BUT THEN, FROM A NOTHER SOURCE WE DISCOVER THAT OOPS, THERE ARE REVISIONS.. AND FROM TIMEZONE AT THAT. ONE ARTICLE STATES THE ABOVE WERE US NAVY WATCHES. YET WE NO THAT THE TR-900 WAS THE U.S. NAVY DIVERS WATCH. FURTHER THAT THE INDICES WERE :

“BLANCPAIN AND THE US NAVY”

“To counter this threat the Navy retrained their divers as Explosive Ordnance Disposal Units concentrating on keeping harbours and waterways clear and free for US Navy and allied vessels. But, with the rise in new technology mines, utilising multiple fuses, operated by pressure, time, contact or magnetic influence it was obvious that the Navy needed new equipment and amongst that equipment there was a requirement for a new diver’s watch.

The naval specification MIL-W-2217.6A(SHIPS) called for a watch capable of operating at depths of up to 400 ft, with an accuracy of at least 30 seconds a day and also to have absolutely no magnetic signature at all. Under the ‘Buy American Act’ the specification went to all of the major US watch companies; Elgin, Bulova, Hamilton and Waltham. However, as the initial request was for only 1,000 watches, none of them thought that the contract could be fulfilled profitably and that the challenges involved in the construction and testing were too demanding. However there was one American company who thought that they had a chance, Allen Tornek was the US importer for the Rayville Watch Company, of Villeret, Switzerland who made watches under the Blancpain name and also watches for department stores and other retail jewellers which did not have their own manufacturing facilities. Tornek & Rayville were interested for a couple of reasons; to both of them an order of 1,000 watches was a substantial one and they had a head start over the other companies in that Rayville were already manufacturing a diver’s watch in the Blancpain ‘Fifty Fathoms’.

But the requirement to make the watch completely amagnetic (an anti magnetic watch is one where the movement is protected from outside magnetic influences, whilst an amagnetic watch is one that has no parts in it that can be influenced by magnetism) was the major challenge. This required that special steel for the case be imported from Sweden; this steel had a completely different composition to the normal stainless steel used for watch cases and the compromise that this entailed was the steel was nowhere near as corrosion resistant.

Sourcing the special steel used was a minor problem compared to making the internals of the watch amagnetic, this involved making the escapement from hardened brass rather than steel; the balance spring also could not have been made from steel, but I have not yet been able to discover what material was used in its place.

It took almost 2 years from the initial inquiry before the Navy got their first watches, and when they did they went initially to the EODU guys and afterwards to other naval divers. The watch they received was quite different from the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. Firstly, it did not bear the name ‘Blancpain’ anywhere on the watch, the entire watch case was finished with a grained matt surface making it completely reflection proof and the dial luminous was neither Radium nor Tritium, rather it used Promethium 147. Promethium has several advantages over both the other commonly used isotopes; it emits many more particles than either of them, meaning the luminous indices would glow brighter and longer, both underwater and at night. However the downside to this was that its half-life is only 2.5 years, unlike Tritium, which has a 12.4-year half-life, and Radium whose half-life is measured in centuries. Obviously this short half-life would have been unacceptable in a civilian watch, but the Navy had different requirements.

The initial order was for 780 watches (at $187.50 each) and the last of them were delivered in June 1965, a few months later another order for slightly fewer than 300 was received but that was it for the Navy. Two years later Mr. Tornek approached the Navy asking if they needed any more watches, but as the Vietnam conflict was at its height, the Navy had other things on their mind and told him that they didn’t think that they would need any more. So the special production line was dismantled, and the external suppliers (dial and steel companies) were told that their services were no longer needed. But, if you will remember, I mentioned that Promethium 147 had a half-life of only 2.5 years; this meant that only five years after the first watches were made they would now be down to 25% of their initial luminous output. But when the Navy approached Tornek about obtaining replacement dials, they were told that there were no more and that there was no chance of getting any more. So, as the dials became dimmer and the watches became less useful they were returned to the naval stores. However, once they got into the stores they were doomed, because the rear of each case had been stamped “DANGER Radioactive Material” and a large radioactive symbol. Under naval rules, they were sent back to the Atomic Energy Commission in the US, where they were disposed of as low-level atomic waste. They were placed in containers with other low-level waste (uniforms, badges, pipework etc) and the containers were filled with concrete and then buried deep underground at sites in deserted areas of the US. The watches were very low production items to begin with (just over 1,000 units made) and many must have been lost by divers whilst being used and most of the rest were destroyed by the Government. This means that the Tornek Rayville TR-900 may well be one of the rarest of all military watches; current research believes that there to be only about 20 known examples extant. This makes the watch shown here extra special as it remained at Rayville for 40 years and never went either to Tornek or to the US Navy and so shows the finish that these watches had when new.

http://www.timezone.com/2012/07/07/the-military-divers-watch-a-revisionist-view-by-james-dowling/
LINK OPENS IN NEW WINDOW

BL-53.jpg (8021 bytes)BL-53-09.jpg (7587 bytes)

53 53

BL-53-55.jpg (7189 bytes)BL-60-33.jpg (7100 bytes)

55 60

BL-65-70-2.jpg (7451 bytes)BL-GERMAN-65.jpg (7147 bytes)

65-70 65 GERMAN MILITARY

65-70-BL.jpg (7496 bytes)BL-68-1.jpg (13613 bytes)

65-70 68

BL-65-70-5.jpg (7700 bytes)70-BL.jpg (7096 bytes)

65-70 70

\

BL-70-56.jpg (6969 bytes)BL-99.jpg (7333 bytes)

70 LIP 99

BL-2000.jpg (7057 bytes)BL-2007.jpg (7720 bytes)

2000 2007

Welcome , today is Friday, August 18, 2017