Time Spec: Military Watch Markings – Deciphering the Code

This is probably the most common question watch collectors have. Sometimes it is easy to answer, and sometimes it is impossible. There have been a lot of watch manufacturing companies that have come and gone over the years. Many have gone out of business, while others destroyed records to save space. Some companies as with the Gruen Watch Company , even lost rocords to fire or other natural disaster. The companies are not to blame. I am sure they had no idea that their timepieces would someday be collected. There are several ways to get an idea of when your watch was made. I am slowly adding serial number tables to this site.

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Joe Albanese Founder and CEO Joe has the global perspective of a business executive with 28 years of military service… and the local ties of a Newton resident who remains firmly rooted in the community he grew up in. He joined the Navy after college and then pursued a career in the construction industry. He worked as a project manager at A. Martini, an executive at Macomber and later as a senior executive at Shawmut, before starting his own firm in In September, , after twenty-eight years of military service concurrent with his civilian career, Joe retired as a Captain in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps.

Date. Another very common case back marking on issued watches is a date. It seems simple enough, but this one is a little less straightforward than the serial number. The date engraving on an issued watch can mean a couple of different things.

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.

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If you want professional, accurate information, instead of amateur guessing, here is where you get it. But the biggest mistake that people make is they listen to DIY’ers and presume they can diagnose their own serial numbers in a snap. And they are usually wrong.

Jan 29,  · Thank you for your prompt reply i have another couple of watches that you may be able to help me with they are not cwc so slightly off topic but here goes the first is a west end watch co with red dial and star burst to the centre with date and red second hand it is a stainless case with fixed lugs for strap fixing the back of the case is.

Words By Brandon Cripps Share this story: For over a decade, four companies—Hamilton, CWC, Newmark, and Precista—supplied simple, sturdy, minute chronographs to the British military. Their classic black, two-register dials, workhorse Valjoux movements, and asymmetrical case design led to high usability and keep them popular and influential today. Introduction In the early s, while the United States maintained and grew its military in response to the conflict in Southeast Asia and its Cold War with the Soviet Union, the British government was in the process of reducing its armed forces in both size and cost.

This change allowed manufactures to begin using one of the classic workhorse chronograph movements of the s—the Valjoux It also balanced the case vertically in a way that it was not before, placing one button on top and one below the crown. What it did not change was the asymmetry of the case from left to right. A design element intended to protect the crown and pushers from accidental bumps during use, the case is thicker on the right side than on the left. The dials are black with white markers, illuminated 12 and six numerals, and illuminated dots at each hour marker.

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I am looking to purchase a Cabot Watch Company wrist watch as I really like their designs and the minimalist looks of their military watches, and the fact that many of them are issued to the British military makes their authenticity very appealing. I’ve perused Silverman’s web site several times, teasing myself with the thought of purchasing one of their watches.

I was originally looking at one of their diver watches RN automatic , but ultimately decided to purchase a Marathon GSAR, sterile dial.

The CWC Royal Navy Black Diver Automatic Mk. 2 is a solidly made diver. More than most watches, its design was born from function more than aesthetics, but it covers both bases more than adequately. It’s no surprise then that Silvermans chose to offer sales of CWC watches to the public, adding a few different variations to cater for.

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. Ownership was then transferred to the author of a well-known book on military timepieces who, in , sold the watch on to another collector. Later, the watch briefly appeared on eBay, but the buyer returned it to the seller as he thought it was too small for him, thus enabling me to acquire it instead: In the ‘s the British Ministry of Defence produced a standard specification for watches to be issued to the armed forces.

This Longines also sometimes referred to as the “Greenlander” as it was supposedly used by members of the British North Greenland Expedition between and dates to although it appears to have had what I suspect is an MOD redial at a later date. This is a US military “general purpose” watch from It has a Swiss mechanical movement contained in a sealed composite plastic case. The dial incorporates tritium vials for luminosity.

The Marathon Navigator is a quartz-powered US military watch intended for pilots and paratroopers.

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Using a precision scale to fit balance screws to a balance. The Adams and Perry Watch Company was built right beside the turnpike. Its founders possessed a good combination of skills: Perry was a watch designer, and Mr.

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Case serial number The Online Database for the Elgin Watch Company can tell you a great deal of information about your watch, based on just the serial number off the movement. The “movement” is also sometimes called the “watch works”. Serial Number off the movement: The serial number must be off the movement of the watch where the gears are , not off the case. These two serial numbers are unrelated. For more information see the Watch Serial Number web page.

You must give the letter prefix of the serial number, if there is one. If you don’t have an exact Serial Number, you can use many other Search Options. There is a lot of flexibility here. There is an example with explanations that goes over every part of the search results.

Time Spec: Military Watch Markings – Deciphering the Code

Words By Brandon Cripps Share this story: One of the more interesting and unique characteristics of military watches that sets them apart from their civilian counterparts are the issue markings. These numbers and symbols—sometimes on the dial and almost always on the case—can carry a number of different meanings.

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Wanting to spend quality family time, he trips the circuit breaker of his house, knocking the power out and shutting off the older brother’s computer, the younger brother’s game console, and the sister’s cell phone. The commercial’s writer was probably fired from the advertising agency when the mistake was noticed. Mitsubishi once ran an ad for the Eclipse, discussing mankind’s desire to harness the awesome power of an eclipse, and showed a literal one, suggesting the ad agency had no idea that an eclipse was just the moon briefly blocking direct view of the sun.

The optic nerve, which connects the eye and brain via a hole through the eye socket, has absolutely no business being there. Was it that hard for the writers to get a map of the United States? Generally, Detective Conan avoids these issues by Aoyama doing research , off and on there are instances where the reasoning for even simple things in the series just don’t make sense. One instance is when Ludger, a German character, appears and he speaks near-perfect Japanese.

Conan deduces that his wife is British because Ludger referred to the restaurant being on the 2nd Floor, when it would be the 3rd Floor in Japanese, and that this is because the British refer to the 1st Floor of a building as the Ground Floor and then begin to count number-wise upward. Germans do that, too, so his reasoning is faulty since Ludger, being German, automatically counts floors in the German fashion, making Conan’s elaborate reason why his wife must be British obsolete.

Code Geass loves its chess metaphors and concepts. Lelouch is also an avid chess player throughout the series, which he displays in his strategies. However, he always plays by moving his king first, because he believes the king should lead by example. In chess, it is not possible to move the king on its first turn; it only can move one space in any direction, and is blocked in by its own pieces.

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World Military Collectables aims to provide a range of original, quality militaria items from the major combatant forces Drawing on the combined experience of over 50 years in the world of militaria, WMC will seek to present a regularly updated selection of items from the Victorian era to the Second World War. Predominantly featuring items from the First and Second World Wars , from medals , to uniforms, ephemera to aviation, all backed by a money back guarantee.

We attend many of the major militaria shows in the UK where we would be more than happy to acquire single items or collections similar to those on the site. Slip On Shoulder Title. A cloth embroidered slip on shoulder title for the British Expeditionary Force B. In good used condition with some very minor moth damage.

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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.

Cabot Watch Company G In , the first quartz watch issued to the British Forces was made by CWC. The old logo was used for a couple of years and was changed to the oval logo in

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?

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World Military Collectables aims to provide a range of original, quality militaria items from the major combatant forces Drawing on the combined experience of over 50 years in the world of militaria, WMC will seek to present a regularly updated selection of items from the Victorian era to the Second World War.

Predominantly featuring items from the First and Second World Wars , from medals , to uniforms, ephemera to aviation, all backed by a money back guarantee. We attend many of the major militaria shows in the UK where we would be more than happy to acquire single items or collections similar to those on the site. Slip On Shoulder Title.

Silvermans collection of genuine military, military style and outdoor watches. We stock CWC genuine military, Casio, Timex, Smith & Wesson, Luminox, Traser and more.

Click here to view additional historical photos of the Waltham factory. Their vision was to form a watch company that could produce high-quality watches at a lower cost using interchangeable parts. With financial backing from Samuel Curtis, of small-arms manufacturing fame, the watch production began in , and the first small group of watches were finished in late The first watches produced went to officials of the company, and it was not until that the first watches were offered for sale to the public.

Problems were encountered with the new production methods. The company was exploring innovative new ideas in watch manufacturing, such as using jewels, making enamel dials, and producing plates with a high-level of finish which required extensive tooling and resulted in a great financial burden. They also found that even though they were using interchangeable parts, each watch was still unique and had its own set of errors to be corrected.

It took months to adjust the watches to the point where they were any better than other widely available timepieces. Customer Department at the Waltham Watch Company In , the factory building was completed and the company began doing business under the name “American Horologe Company. In , as Abraham Lincoln was elected President and the country found itself in the throes of the Civil War, the American Watch Company was faced with serious financial problems.

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