Watches for sale

 

 

Bell & Ross Professional Type Demineur

The B&R Type Demineur, often referred to as the "Bomb Squad" watch, was introduced  in 1996.  The French Civil Defense wanted to adopt a watch for use by their bomb disposal specialists and solicited suitable designs from watch manufacturers that met the operational specifications.  They chose to partner with Bell & Ross and the resulting watch was the Demineur Type.  The antimagnetic/non-magnetic brushed stainless steel case is 39.5mm in diameter and 11.2mm thick. Rotating bezel with specific interval delineations. Anti-reflecting sapphire crystal.  Flat black dial and hands. Stainless steel bracelet with all links [click here] [click here]. The movement is a 7-jewel ETA 955.612 with a 7-year battery.  The case has a screw-down crown and is WR to 200m. This tool watch meets the requirements of ordnance disposal operations thanks to its qualities of readability, reliability and precision. Fresh battery and movement service.  Very little wear evident.  With box and papers. [click here]  No longer made and hard to find in this condition. Very cool watch.

AVAILABLE

$1,295

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1941 Fliegerchronograph Reissue by Tutima

A few wears ago both Hanhart and Tutima issued modern versions of their 1941 pilot's chronograpgh.  Both had the classic features of cathredal hands, black dials with registers at 3 and 9 and fluted rotating bezels. Both also used monified versions of the Valjoux 7760 hand-wound movements.  In the case of Tutima, the modifications involved moving the chrono minute register to the 3 o'clock position from the 7760's standard 12 o'clock location. It is 28,800 bph, diameter 30mm, thickness 7mm, 21 jewels (2 more than the stock 7760) , power reserve ~42 hours. Incabloc shock protection. Bridges are finished with Geneva stripes. Stainless steel, matte-satin-finished case, diameter 38.7mm, height 14.7mm [click here]. Coin-edge bidirectional rotating bezel with red index mark. Convex domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.  [click here] Back is screw-down, large hefty crown is double-sealed. Water resistant to 10 bar. Reference #783-01.  Comes with a new black leather pilot-style strap.  Rarely see these anymore, even on eBay.  Stunning watch, winds very smoothly and keeps good time,  No box or papers.  Excellent overall condition.

AVAILABLE

$1,695

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1950's Smiths DeLuxe Pilot's watch

These watches look more like the Mk XI's than the later Smiths 6b watches with which we are all familiar.  It is believed that fewer than a thousand of these were produced for the British armed forces! The stainless steel case is 36mm in diameter and the original radium dial and hands were MOD replaced with tritium versions.  The back [click here] is marked 1955.  The 17-jewel movement [click here] [click here] has a frosted gilt finish. Comes with a 18mm gray NATO strap. A rare collectible piece!

 

AVAILABLE

$4,500

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Rolex Explorer I 

 

Rolex model 114270 with stainless steel Oyster bracelet with flip-lock clasp and solid end links [click here] [click here], shown here with a genuine Phoenix Bond RAF strap. Polished bezel, black dial, 31-jewel automatic certified chronometer movement (Cal. 3130) with hacking feature, screw-down crown. E series serial number, ca. 2005 production. Mint with inner and outer boxes, papers, polishing cloth and hangtag [click here]. Width: 36 mm / Height: 44 mm / Thickness: 12 mm / Lug Width: 20 mm. This model Explorer was discontinued in 2010 and replaced with the larger 39mm 214270. The final 2010 retail was $5,725.  US Sale only. Very little evidence of wear and it keeps excellent time.

 

 

ON HOLD

$3,950

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 USAAC Longines -Wittnauer Weems 1940 issue A-11

One of the earliest watches made for issue to pilots and navigators.  It was manufactured to the original MIL-27834 specification.  (WWII USAAF A-ll watches were made to revised specs starting in 1943 -- MIL-27834B).  The USAAC Type A-11 was approved for issue on August 8, 1937.

The Weems Patent second setting watch allowed the wearer to synchronize their timepiece to a correct time source. This was accomplished via the locking 60-minute bezel.  To set the watch to the exact second of GCT (Greenwich Civil Time), the seconds bezel was rotated, keeping the 60-second graduation continuously under the sweep second hand.  When the Greenwich radio time "tick" or signal which breaks at the 59th second and resumes on the 60th second was heard, the turning of the bezel was stopped.  The watch then indicated the exact second of GCT (from Whitney's Military Timepieces).

Lieutenant Commander Phillip Van Horn Weems taught Aerial Navigation at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  His system of navigation was used not only by the military but also by Charles Lindbergh, Admiral Richard Byrd and many other noted flyers and explorers.

This Longines USAAC watch has full military markings [click here] -- even the movement is marked [click here].  Unmarked Longines Weems watches that one typically finds were sold for civilian use. The contract date on the back is 1940. Another view [click here].

The Longines Weems is a small watch by today's standards.The case is 27.5 mm in diameter and made of plated base metal. Blued steel hands. The strap is a NOS  WWII vintage green canvas issue strap -- almost as rare as the watch [click here].  The 10L movement with gold jewel settings has been fully serviced and keeps good time [click here]. The overall condition is excellent.  

 

SOLD

$1,595

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Longines "Greenlander"

The Longines WWW (wrist watch waterproof) is probably the most famous of the British military watches.  It derives its name from the often-cited belief that it was developed for the British North Greenland Expedition of 1952-54.  But there is some doubt that this is true.  But the Longines was a rugged watch and no doubt up to the task.  It was one of the few WWW's that had a stainless steel case [click here] [click here] [click here]. The cathedral hands are beautiful. At 38mm it is the largest of the WWW's and very wearable.  Fully marked back [click here].  The numbers on the case back do not match the number on the lug -- not unusual for an issued watch. The 15-jewel movement is a refined version of the 12.68Z and fitted with a shock resistance system [click here]. The movement has been recently overhauled and is keeping good time.  The crystal is an original NOS.  Like the Longines D-Day "tuna can" watch, the crystal is installed through the back of the case and a retaining ring screws in, pressing the flanged crystal into a gasket. Cool!  Comes with a NATO style band. A light mark on the dial at 1 o'clock but in overall excellent condition and very collectable. 

 

SOLD

$3,250

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  Stocker and Yale P650

The real deal. Stocker & Yale (sometimes called SandY) geniune issue P650, MIL-W-46374F spec Type 6 watch. Correct issue markings on back [click here]. With a fresh battery installed. These watches were issued in only 3 years and this one is from 2000.  In mint condition -- still has the plastic protector on the back.  No scratches on the glass.  New strap.

 

AVAILABLE

$495

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  German Army Mission Wristwatch (Bundeswehr Einsatz Armbanduhr) 728-07

These watches were issued to German troop fighting in Afghanistan.  They were made by Boccia, a sister company of Tutima, in solid titanium [click here].  The screwback case [click here} is 39mm in diameter and 11mm thick.  Flat sapphire crystal [click here] [click here].The chronograph movement is a Myiota T250. Functions include analog and digital time; alarm; stopwatch and date. Comes with the leather strap shown as well as a brown BUND leather issue strap.  Very light wear. Perfect everyday watch and very collectable.  

SOLD

$450

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  IWC MKII Dust Cover

Another part that's impossible to find -- the dust cover for the IWC Mk II British RAF watch. These are made of soft iron to supress magnetic fields and consequently rusted if water entered the case. In excellent confition.

AVAILABLE

$125

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  USMC Watchstrap by RANGER-TENNERE

These nylon watch straps are often seen on the Elgin and Hamilton canteen watches since the canvas straps tended to rot rather quickly.  Also used in jungle fighting for the same reason.  The strap fits the 16mm lugs of the WWII-era watches perfectly [click here].  I have several, new in their original packaging. Stainless steel buckle [click here].  Color is cordovan [click here].  Rarely see these for sale.

AVAILABLE

$95

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  Omega WWW

This is one of the famous "dirty dozen", the British "waterproof" watches that were among the first produced under MOD specs.  All had screw-back cases, black luminous subsecond dials and luminous hands.  This Omega has a rare MOD replacement dial.  The stainless steel case is 35mm in diameter.  The 15-jewel movement is very clean and keeps good time [click here]. Correct markings on the back [click here]. Comes with a 18mm NATO style strap. In excellent condition.

SOLD

$995

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WWII Japanese Army issue watch by Seiko

Japanese military watches are the most difficult to find in good condition (and sometimes in ANY condition!) because so many did not survive the war. Those that did typically came home with servicemen. This example was made by Seiko and has a Seikosha-signed movement that winds smoothly and runs well [click here]. It's a double-cased watch, an attempt to protect the watch from the elements [click here] and tiny by today's standards at 31mm [click here]. The case is chrome-plated base metal with a stainless steel back [click here]. Fixed lugs. Dial signed "Special Seiko" with military time in red. Nicely aged and (except for the front crystal that looks modern) original and correct. Includes an black leather unworn, strap that's correct for this watch [click here]. Some light oxidation on the strap hardware. A piece that every mil watch collection should have.

SOLD

$695

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WWII Japanese issue watch by Longines

Longines high-grade navigational chronograph features a 50mm nickel case with inner dust cover and porcelain dial.  Some very fine cracks in the porcelain. The 17-jewel signed Longines movement is stunning [click here].  The Kanji markings on the back [click here] identify it as a luminous watch and includes a serial number 4301.  The watch is running strong and all chronograph functions work properly.  It originally came from the estate of a WWII veteran.  Includes a glass dome display. A rare and beautiful watch.

AVAILABLE

$1995

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 1982 Hamilton General Purpose Issue Watch NIB

This Hamilton was made to the MIL-W-46374 specification and has a 7-jewel ETA hand-wound movement. It's dated April 1982 on the back [click here]. These watches were designed to be disposable and the back is marked "Dispose Rad Waste." Matte 32mm stainless steel case. This example is unworn and with the original issue box. Just the way it was delivered to the US Army. Over 30 years old! Very collectable.

SOLD

  $395

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 WWII Omega Hydrographic Service Pilot's Watch

Rare Omega HS8 marked Fleet Air Arm pilot's watch [click here]. These were almost identical to the RAF version (6B). According to Wesolowski's Military Timepieces, the earlier models had spring bars and a plated brass case while after 1942, to save money, they used the same alloy case and fixed bars as the 6B. This watch is the later version. Very clean 16-jewel movement [click here] runs good. The dial has a maroon, pebbly look when viewed up close. Originally purchased from FinerTimes. With a nice pigskin strap.

SOLD

$525

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 Stocker & Yale U.S. Army Issue Watch

 

This SandY model 590 is genuine military issue, made to military spec MIL-W-46374F Type 3 [click here]. It features a Ronda Swiss-made jeweled quartz movement with quick change date and hacking feature. The39x39 mm black case is made of an extremely durable nylon/fiberglass composite material and the crystal is hardened mineral glass with aluminum bezel. This type of watch was used extensively in the Gulf War. Stocker & Yale no longer produces military watches. In excellent condition with a NEW Ronda 715 movement and new black nylon Maratac strap. Great everyday watch! Last two!

AVAILABLE

$95

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 US Military Navigator's Watch by Marathon

NIB U.S. Military Navigator's Watch, dated June 2012. The asymetrical nylon/fiberglass composite case is almost 33mm in diameter and 13mm thick, water resistant to 6 ATM [click here]. This Type III Class 1 issue watch is made to the latest MIL-PRF-46374G spec. High quality, hacking Swiss-made quartz movement. Tritium-tube hands and markers. Hesolite crystal. It is designed for accuracy at high altitude to 35,000 FT without compensating pressurization. The rotating bi-directional outer bezel provides marking for a second time zone. The stainless steel back has full military markings [click here]. Comes with black nylon flight strap and strap-mounted compass. Great everyday watch.. I also have one NIB dated 2004 with a new battery installed.

AVAILABLE

$250

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 Royal Navy Diver's Watch by CWC

CWC (Cabot Watch Company) has made watches for the British Ministry of Defense for over 30 years and their automatic diver's watch has been made to exacting MOD specs. It was issued for approximately one year and replaced the Rolex Submariner Automatic in the early 80s. It was then replaced by the CWC RN quartz divers' watch, which is still in current service today with Royal Navy divers. Swiss mechanical hacking auto movement, water-resistant to 300 metres, tritium luminous markers. Fixed bars. NATO stores numbers and broadarrow on back [click here]. On new OD strap. With original box and papers. Looks unworn and keeps excellent time. Currently over $800 at Silverman's.

SOLD

$695

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Navigator's Watch Carrying Case

These cases were machined from solid brass to protect the 4992B navigational watch from stray magnetic fields. The watch holder [click here] is made of brass and the springs (to protect the watch from vibration) are a copper alloy. The navigator would bring his watch aboard in this case. This example is in good condition -- a few paint chips as can be seen in the pic. Getting hard to find. If you have a 4992B, you have to have one of these!

SOLD

$250

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WWII German Army Watch

This is a rare Wehrmacht issue watch. The outstanding dial is marked "Etanche" and, under that "77" (perhaps a reference to the movement). It's a small watch, only 29mm in diameter, but the case is not brass or stainless steel but an aluminum alloy! Knirim in his reference book on military timepieces suggests that this may have been issued to women (Damenuhr)! The stainless steel snap-back is DH marked [click here]. Running and all original. Includes a cotton canvas band that's the correct vintage but not original to the watch.

 SOLD

$350

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NOS Stocker and Yale 184-1

The SandY model 184-1 was made to mil spec MIL-W-46374 D and meets the requirements for a Type 2 designation. It has a non-hacking 17-jewel movement [click here] (pic is from another 184-1) and has never been worn. Fully marked back [click here]. In original box with papers. NIB issue watches are really special for collectors.

AVAILABLE

$350

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WWII Era Elgin 24hr watch

This watch has an Elgin true-24hr grade 647 17-jewel adjusted movement [click here]. It's housed in a 31mm NOS stepped chrome screw-back, waterproof case. No, it's not the elusive A-12. Watches such as these were never issued as wristwatches but were made from instrument watches -- like those used in wing cameras to document the action and, hopefully, a kill. Some are found in ordinance cases and some in A-11 cases. But a cool piece nonetheless. Comes with a vintage NOS Elgin tan canvas band.

SOLD

$325

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