Taylerson, ‘Horological Journal’ Sept. Taylerson searches voluminous Military archives to list timepieces issued to The British Armed Forces. This article describes only mechanical instruments. It is based upon a study of various original lists and Vocabularies of Equipment. They can only be accepted as a general guide to the dating of any watches referred to in them since, clearly, many were in issue before their formal adoption or approval was recorded. I have not yet found the various specifications to govern manufacture and inspection for the watches mentioned. Some are in American and Canadian records not directly available to me, but the information would not be appropriate in this article. The first watch issued to the British armed forces was approved on November 26th and published as Paragraph of the List of Changes, e. Submitted by Royal Engineer Committee. I have found no example of this pocket watch and would be pleased to hear from any reader who knows of one.
April 18, in Chronograph Tags: Fast forward a decade or so and Breitling released the first version of the watch in this post, the Superocean Ref. The main differences between the two versions are that the early model has no running seconds subdial and has a plain diving bezel rather than the yachting bezel found on the later model.
The Cyma, as you can see in the picture above, is the largest of the set at 38mm and is one of the models with a solid steel case. Most of the watches had plated cases which makes finding a full set all in good condition more difficult.
Having a distinctive almond shaped skull with characteristic stalk-like projection resembling a pear and giving these helmets their name cabacette. Many of these were held in English church armouries from the time of the Armada, and examples were taken to the New World by the earliest English settlers, one has been found during excavations at Jamestown Island. This is a pleasing example, the rosettes and plume holder being restorations.
In all a handsome example of munition armour of the late 16th Century. In addition to being a being a famous writer, Scott was also an antiquary who assembled an important collection of arms and armour. He was a contemporary and correspondant of Samuel Rush Meyrick, and indeed commissioned him to procure items for his armoury. The armoury is on public display at Abbotsford and is to be recommended to the student of arms and armour.
The gauntlet dates to the late 16th Century and is of steel decorated with brass-capped rivets. Though handsome, such gauntlets are not rare, however, one with such a provenance to an early and important collection of armour certainly is. This is the only item of European armour to have left the Abbotsford armoury and is likely the only piece that ever will. The gauntlet comes with a documented and verifiable provenance. The best book on arms and armour I’ve read in the last few years.
Having a uniform toned patina to the hilt mounts and scabbard, the blade is bright.
The Fallacy of the “Maker’s Mark” Before sending an item to be assayed and hallmarked at a British assay office a person must first register their details with the assay office they want to use. The reason for this is pretty obvious – the assay office needs to know who to charge for their services, where to return the items, and who to hold responsible and punish if an item is found to be sub-standard, which in earlier times included sentence to the pillory. This person is called the “sponsor”, which in this context means the person who takes responsibility for the items submitted.
The sponsor does not need to be someone directly involved in making the items that they submit for hallmarking.
Submariner amazing patina and condition pertrified dial Submariner amazing patina and condition pertrified dial.
Click to enlarge BTCo. The RolCo brand name was registered on 15th September and, like Marconi, Unicorn and other brands, was used for watches at lower price points than the top line Rolex branded watches. The image in Jobin shows a basic grade of this movement with no train jewels but with “Bouchons” “dessus” and “dessous” above and below , that is brass bushes instead of jewels in the top and bottom plates. The RolCo movement is fully jewelled with 15 jewels.
Watches with Rolex’s “other brands” on their movements such as Marconi, Unicorn or RolCo, are often described as “Rolex watches”, but this is not what Rolex would have called them. There was often no secret that they were supplied by the Rolex Watch Company, but they were not called or branded Rolex watches, they were called Marconi, Unicorn or RolCo watches by Rolex themselves and if any name appears on the dial it should be the same as the one on the movement.
This is discussed in greater detail at Rolex’s other brands. Back to the top of the page.
Rolex Datejust The story of the Rolex watch is inextricably entwined with the story of Hans Wilsdorf, who co-founded and personally drove forward the progress of the company, and the technical developments that led to the public acceptance and expectation of an accurate, waterproof, self winding wristwatch. Many other companies and individuals contributed, and there were waterproof and self winding watches before the Rolex Oyster, but the fact remains than Wilsdorf is an important figure in the story of the modern mechanical wristwatch.
The Vade Mecum takes the form of four small booklets in a slip case, and was printed in a limited edition of 1,
Old and Antique pocket watches for sale dating from the mid- 19th Century to the mid- 20th, near Oxford and online. Including American railroad watches and vintage English, Victorian and Swiss watches.
The loss of color most commonly due to exposure to sunlight UV. Fake A fake is a copy of a legitimate item that is made to deceive the buyer. Many times the fake will show original marks, making it more difficult to authenticate a piece. Fakes are a huge problem with online auctions, know your seller and know your stuff before spending big bucks. Fall Front The vertical or sloped front or flap of a cabinet, bureau or desk, hinged at the bottom edge to form a horizontal surface when lowered, generally as a writing surface.
Fan Pattern The geometry of a spray pattern. Fast to Light A color which is not significantly affected by exposure to sunlight. It has been in practice for centuries. The earliest reference to an art form similar to the faux painting techniques had been found in the Mycenaean pottery, and in some of the Greek art works, made around BC. The English language borrowed this term “faux” from the French, which originally meant fake, but the derived meaning of this word is, something made to resemble something else.
Faux painting or faux finishing is an artistic process of recreating the look and or the feel of natural materials such as marble, wood, limestone, stained and distressed paint and even to create an effect of aged plaster. Faux painting and finishing is not a one step process.
British Horological Institute
It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year. So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections. Change It wasn’t trendy , funny, nor was it coined on Twitter , but we thought change told a real story about how our users defined Unlike in , change was no longer a campaign slogan. But, the term still held a lot of weight.
Here’s an excerpt from our Word of the Year announcement in
images , viewsimages albums us government issued vietnam war watches with a section on fake & counterfeits read before buying vietnam era military watch there were never any names on dial or us navy us army us marines or air force ever ok, i have put a vietnam military watch pdf together it [ ].
Below are some pictures of the movements in some of my watches. Swiss made, 15 jewels, circa ‘s. USA made, Hz, circa The Bulova Accutron was the world’s first electronic wristwatch movement, utilising the high frequency vibrations of a tiny “tuning fork” rather than the oscillations of a mechanical balance wheel to regulate timing. These were issued to the British military during the Second World War and on into the ‘s. Soviet made, LCD quartz, circa late ‘s early ‘s.
Elgin Grade Pocket Watch: ESA Dynotron Series: Swiss made, 13 jewels, electronic balance wheel, circa early ‘s. I’ll do that next time I change the battery! Swiss made, 25 jewels, automatic, circa ‘s. An awful picture of perhaps the most popular Swiss automatic movement in use today.
Emco Unimat SL
A Hamilton US military “general purpose” watch from In keeping with similar watches of this type, the dial bears the “H3” mark which I think signifies the use of Tritium in the luminescent compound and the Radiation tri-foil symbol. The back of the watch bears the relevant military specification, part number and date information, together with the instruction that it should be disposed of as “radiation waste”.
This watch has an interesting life story! As I understand it, it was procured, along with many other watches, by the British MoD in the ‘s and was evaluated at Herstmonceux Castle at that time owned by the Admiralty for potential military use. In the 70’s, the watches used in the evaluation were sold and became part of a private collection.
SEIKO s IMPERIAL NAVY OFFICER’S WATCH WITH ANCHOR DIAL WW2 An extremely RARE, CUTE & NICE SEIKO World War 2 IMPERIAL NAVY OFFICER’S Military .
February 8, in Diver Tags: Opening the caseback revealed a Favre-Leuba cal. The calibre FL is the date only version of the FL which I wrote about in this post concerning a Sea Raider model from the same period. Both of these calibres were based on the A. Removing the bezel ring and crystal from the watch quickly revealed the source of the problem with the inner bezel — our old friend, emulsified gasket… always an unwelcome visitor! The melted gasket was literally sticking the inner bezel to the crystal, and had to be very carefully removed to avoid it smearing all over the white inner bezel.
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Another British Military watch on the blog this time, and something of an enigma. The watch is very similar in style and size to the W10 made by Hamilton from and subsequently by CWC from and it shares all of the attributes required to adhere to the strict standards for military use. The case is opened by removing the crystal and splitting the two-piece stem, and inside is a 17 jewel, manually wound calibre made by A. It has a higher beat rate, 28, bph as opposed to 21, bph, and also has a micro-adjustment mechanism mounted on the balance cock for more accurate regulation.
Here is a picture of a cal.
11th (Lonsdale Battalion) Border Regiment Cap Badge From the same family as the other example listed. This one appears to be in bronzed brass; I am quite sure this is a deliberate patination rather than a natural age-induced toning (compare the two badges side-by-side as illustrated).
Another British Military watch on the blog this time, and something of an enigma. The watch is very similar in style and size to the W10 made by Hamilton from and subsequently by CWC from and it shares all of the attributes required to adhere to the strict standards for military use. The case is opened by removing the crystal and splitting the two-piece stem, and inside is a 17 jewel, manually wound calibre made by A.
It has a higher beat rate, 28, bph as opposed to 21, bph, and also has a micro-adjustment mechanism mounted on the balance cock for more accurate regulation. Here is a picture of a cal. In the picture above, the stem is pushed all the way in — in the winding position — and so the stem presses on hacking lever, it pivots around the fixed axis just above the castle wheel and the lower arm of the lever releases the balance allowing it to rotate freely.
The watch arrived in decent condition and needed no more than a movement service, a crystal polish and an ultrasonic clean for the case, so here it is all back in one piece. So, who made these watches? With no markings on the dial, movement or inside the case, the jury is still out. It is thought that around were made, all of which were issued in This is around the time that the contract with Hamilton ended, and the new contract with CWC began, so could it be that this watch was a potential replacement for the Hamilton W10?
Was an order for pieces placed as a trial before the contract was finally awarded to CWC? If so, why was it completely unbranded?