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WW1 Waltham XA Aircraft Clock

River rat

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I only collect military timepieces and vintage dive watches but once in a while the military side of my collection will make me buy a clock.I have been looking at this clock at my local NAWCC mart for years it has a clock stand that was done nice and the Waltham XA aircraft clock was in the best shape I seen one in he had a high price on it probably why I looked at it for years I got him to lower the price a bit then I bought it.It's the oldest aircraft clock in my collection now plus don't see these for sell that much any more.If you look at the dial you will see A.S. S.C. that stands for Aviation section signal corps the US Air Force used that name from 1914-1918 and then change the name again to Air service from 1918-1926 the Air Force went through 7 name changes before becoming the US Air Force I leaned a little history with the dial on this cock.The clock I was told came out of a De Haviland DH4 biplane used by the US and Great Britain here are some photo's.The clock got a 8 day 7-15 jewel movement.
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Here is a photo of the model aircraft I was told it came out of a De Haviland DH4 Biplane.I also read this model clock was in the Spirit of St. Louis the Plane Lindbergh flew over the Atlantic.
 

harold bain

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Neat clock, RR. I wonder at the significance of the plaque. If this clock was originally in a De Havilland, it would have to date to 1920 or later, as De Havilland was started in 1920:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland
Is there a serial number on the clock that may help date it?
 

River rat

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Neat clock, RR. I wonder at the significance of the plaque. If this clock was originally in a De Havilland, it would have to date to 1920 or later, as De Havilland was started in 1920:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland
Is there a serial number on the clock that may help date it?
Here is another site .
http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=324
The aircraft was used in WW1
And another.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airco_DH.4
They lost 33 in combat in WW1
 
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harold bain

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I guess the problem is that Geoffrey DeHavilland was making planes before founding the company. I guess I should have looked further:rolleyes:.
 

Andy Dervan

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Hello River Rat,

The movement should have a serial number on it that you could compare to Waltham production list and obtain approximate time frame when it was manufactured... Waltham made huge quantities of 7 jewel versions and much fewer numbers of 15 jewel versions.

Andy Dervan
 

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