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    Here is a great book from 1943 on Air Transport Navigation.

    https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?...view=1up;seq=1

    Some great illustrations in it too.

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    I propose that we make this post a sticky. What do you think gents? Ian?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lambstew View Post
    I propose that we make this post a sticky. What do you think gents? Ian?

    +1.

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    A classic post indeed

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    Just wanted to let everyone know how much I appreciate their positive feedback regarding the Elgin A-12.

    It certainly appears that I chose the best online forum of experts both willing and able to educate me about the watch.

    As a newbie to this forum, I am glad that I was able to share something interesting.

    Thanks to all.

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    According to C.G. Sweeting:

    An Elgin designed hack watch designated as the Type A-12 was placed in service-test status on September 22, 1938, and adopted as limited standard on May 1, 1940. It was a wrist type with a twenty four hour dial, and operated as a stop watch by manipulating the stem. It was declared obsolete on November 26, 1943, after stock was exhausted.


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    Ah, that's the information I was looking for...Sandman said the excellent write up on the A-15. Thanks, Joe A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe A. View Post
    Ah, that's the information I was looking for...Sandman said the excellent write up on the A-15. Thanks, Joe A.
    Here's the link to the Type A-15 write-up Joe refers to:

    http://www.mwrforum.net/forums/showt...531#post146531

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    According to one article I have on the subject advises:

    An Elgin-designed hack watch designated as the Type A-12 was placed in service-test status on September 22, 1938, and adopted as limited standard on May 1, 1940.
    It was a wrist type with a twenty-four-hour dial, and operated as a stopwatch by manipulating the stem. It was declared obsolete on November 26, 1943, after stock was exhausted.

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    This article you are referring to .... Wouldn't by any chance be the one quoted in its entirety just a few posts above yours

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    Default 1938 Elgin 24hr Dial "A-12" Navigation Hack Wristwatch on eBay - Part 2

    I am posting this announcement strictly for the benefit of any MWR members who may be interested.

    Due to personal financial hardship I have reluctantly listed the Elgin "A-12" for sale on eBay.

    It is a decision that I am sure to regret.
    Last edited by dave; 08-19-2016 at 11:28. Reason: title.

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    Good luck with the sale Matt. It is definitely a very special piece and would be the jewel of a US mil-watch collection. Hope it brings you what I think it will!

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    For the record (AKA Ian's hoover) Sold for US $2,375.00 [ 9 bids ]

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1938-Elgin-2...p2047675.l2557

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    Post auction images



    1938 Elgin 24hr Dial Type A-12 Pilot Navigation Hack Watch Proto WWII Military

    Untouched, completely ORIGINAL AS-FOUND condition. Please view the pictures carefully as they show the true condition of the watch.

    Closed: 2375.0 USD - Bid Count: 9



























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    Excellent, thanks for the heads up Ken.
    Hope the buyer is a member, and posts it here.

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    Default My mailman just arrived with my 1938 Elgin A-12 - Part 3

    I collect strictly U.S. issued military watches from WWII through early Vietnam War era, so adding the rare 1938 Elgin Type A-12 to my collection was a must. I know that a few MWRines were curious to know whether or not a fellow MWRine became the new and permanent owner of the extremely rare example, so now that it's arrived in the mail I wanted to share the news (I don't like to jinx myself by sharing until it's delivered).







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    Wow, congrats -- it looks just like the rare early A11 Mr. D. had identified some time ago, and about which he posted some material.

    Was it an Ebay purchase?

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    Well done Pete.
    A great rarity, enjoy it!

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    Fantastic. Enjoy it!

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    Well done Pete. Good to see it went to a good home. Enjoy!

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