Ingraham watches in a can, Military?? unopened

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  1. Time992

    Time992 Registered User
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    Nov 20, 2008
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    The label on the can is all I am going by. I don't want to open it but you can tell the contents are there. From the label it gives me the impression that they are military, but I have never heard of an Ingraham wristwatch being of military quality. What is your opinion:???: I'm also curious of the value of something like this.

    Ingraham Wristwatches in can 2017-10-14 003.JPG Ingraham Wristwatches in can 2017-10-14 004.JPG Ingraham Wristwatches in can 2017-10-14 005.JPG

    The following is from the label;

    " S/N 8T-A988000
    F S N
    Watch Wrist
    3 EA.
    The E. Ingraham Co.
    Bristol. Conn. Mfg./Cont.
    Date Packed 6-55
    Method II d

    Packed with desiccant

    Do not open until ready for use or inspection "
  2. Literustyfan

    Literustyfan Registered User
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    Oct 22, 2010
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    I scored a "can" of watches about 7-8 years ago.

    I never opened them but curiosity nearly got the best of me!

    My can was dated 1942 I believe and they were un-jeweled movements.

    Somebody told me that they were used for trade on the islands of the South Pacific when dealing with the local indigenous people of those islands during WWII.

    I have no idea if that statement is true or not but I found it to be plausible.

    I kept the can for a year or so maybe then sold it.
  3. PatH

    PatH National Program Chair
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    Dec 5, 2014
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    Were your watches also Ingraham? I recently saw an Elgin RCAF aircraft clock in a can, but the can was green and not sealed like the one pictured. The can reminded me of the big surplus drums with the rolled edges from back-in-the-day.

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