Saturday, November 28, 2009

Vintage Military Watches


Benrus - near mint stainless steel signed one piece case (40mm diameter, [sterile back]) with serial number, fixed bars, rotating outer bezel, correct plain screw down crown with dash, originally waterproof to 150 meters, [another view]. near mint unsigned black dial with luminous markers, luminous hands & sweep seconds, correct crystal. 17 jewel signed full rotor automatic [movement] correct caliber GS1 D2, Hack setting, Rare Benrus Type I "Sterile" Aka the "CIA watch" presumably for covert operations with no markings indicating the country of origin, lovely example.

Glycine - near mint stainless steel signed round screw case w/ lock down rotating 24 hour bezel (36mm diameter), correct cross hatch pattern winding crown & plain (correct) lock down crown, another. near mint signed black dial with luminous Arabic numerals (original), sweep seconds, aperture for date at 3 o'clock. 17 jewel full rotor automatic (A.S. 1700/01, true 24hr movement, still hacks through a small hole at 24:00), Vietnam era favorite, early production - Glycine "Airman" with true 24 hour movement, still hacking (most of the hacking mechanisms on these watches are trashed).

Tudor - near mint stainless steel signed round screw back case with 1982 Marine Nationale (39mm, reference 94010, serial #937,582), Rolex signed crown, another, no evidence of ever having had a bracelet (these were generally used on diving boards). mint signed original black dial with rounds and trangular luminous markers, sweep seconds, heavy leather strap and [French Navy decommission papers] matching that of case serial number. 25 jewel signed full rotor automatic, hack set, ETA 2776, Rare black dial 1982 MN, issued by the French Navy in 1982 with decommissioning papers indicating it was retired from service in Sept. 1999 with easily the most military provenance of any Rolex product.

Alpina Kreigsmarine Military Watches Alpina - very good+ chrome and stainless steel signed round case (31mm, diameter, chrome mostly worn off), solid lug bars, plain crown, another. excellent signed silver dial (original) with painted black Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds. 15 jewel signed manual wind, Scarce Alpina WWII "Kreigsmarine" German Navy service watch with original dial. Relatively few examples of these survive.

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