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  1. Jack_W

    Elgin WWll A-11 Navigator Watch

    HI, The Military Watch Forum has some good information on these, including examples. https://www.mwrforum.net/forums/showthread.php?89597-White-dial-Elgin-A-11 You will need to sign up for that one to see any of the threads. Well worth it though. Here is mine, which has an incorrect seconds...
  2. Jack_W

    Elgin military watch - need advice please

    The specifications for the A-11 watches for the Army Airforce actually call for non-luminous hands. Navy issued watches on the A-11 pattern have radium hands. The hands on the watch the OP shows look fine and correct for an Elgin A-11. Here is my Elgin A-11:
  3. Jack_W

    US Government standard for Water proof wristwatch

    Can you share a photo?
  4. Jack_W

    Waltham Depollier Watch case crown

    My understanding is that there was a "lady khaki" that was made. 6/0s would be about right for that one. A marked winding crown would also be expected.
  5. Jack_W

    First World War Era Longines Trench Watch Question

    This is a common misconception. Did it happen? yes. Common? Not as much as it is purported to have been. American movements (Waltham, Elgin) of 6s and even 12s were cased in purpose made wristwatch cases. I've seen Longines in the range you are talking about too. For Longines.... case number and...
  6. Jack_W

    Help Identifying Trench Watch Movements

    More often than not, the bridge arrangements can look similar from one to another "brand". The easy key is the setting works; what do they look like.
  7. Jack_W


    That is the question I had.
  8. Jack_W

    Borgel black dial 1916/7 movement id help please.

    That is a beautiful double sunk black dial. I've a Gallet in a Borgel case with single sunk black dial, but your's in nicer. Would you be willing to share the inside of the case markings? Curious if it is hallmarked for the UK and when. Cheers!
  9. Jack_W

    Another history from a watch engraving

    Since Robert posted the nice note about the British Sapper, here is the write-up on a watch I bought. Past owner was a WWII US Army Combat Engineer. But you can read the full story here: The Watch of Lt. Col. WA Marshall
  10. Jack_W

    Elgin 554 Waterproof WWII

    When I see the word "Movement" under the name of the brand, it generally signifies to me that a watch has been re-cased and has a non-factory dial. Vintage aftermarket refurbishment.
  11. Jack_W

    Deciphering Elgin A-11 Case back

    What is the plan for it? Looks used but also like it has been polished and re-chromed.
  12. Jack_W

    Deciphering Elgin A-11 Case back

    There is the Military Watch Resources Forum - The Military Watch Resource - Community Fora Jose "JJ" Gomez has a recent and affordable book on how to ID watches. "US Military Wrist Watches" Check Amazon; it seems out of print. The last number is the order number and would change as the war...
  13. Jack_W

    1916 trench watch movement identification?

    More than likely an A. Schild cal. 137. The shape of the balance cock and the type of return spring on the click is like those on known examples. The setting works under the dial would be the best way to tell.
  14. Jack_W

    Gruen Precision 460SS

    I like the cal 460 bumper auto that Gruen produced. The 462 is essentially the same movement with a modification to the winding module. I have two that I have restored... one with the sweep function and another with the sub. Both are early editions with all stainless and Swiss made cases.
  15. Jack_W

    T. Eaton Co Limited wristwatch

    On the " Scepter " name, what I said is that it IS associated with goldfilled cases from Star Watch Case Co. This is from Stan Czubernat's book and here: Mikrolisk - The horological trade mark index Negative set is the same as what Elgin and Waltham were using. The type can take a stem sleeve...
  16. Jack_W

    ELGIN military a17A missing hand

    Try Scott McCoy, he can be reached via his website: Watchmaker Scott Use the contact method, rather than relying on what he shows in his inventory.
  17. Jack_W

    Hamilton 987S

    That dial I believe was also used in the intra-war edition of the Sentinel.
  18. Jack_W

    To lume or not to lume

    There are the purests... some of the seem to have spoken in the above posts. But if we left watches of this vintage in their "original" condition, they'd be still slowly corroding way. For example, the early non-breakable crystals made of cellulose, decompose over time and off-gas which in turn...

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