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    Please let this thread die!
    "Early this year I saw ex-army watches exhibited in a showcase at a little under 4 each. A week or two later I succeeded in buying one of them for 5. Recently their price seems to have risen to 8." (George Orwell, "As I Please", Tribune, 29th November 1946)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revo View Post
    Please let this thread die!
    you can always close this thread; LOL.

    was there ever such a thing as a Vulcan anglepoise lamp I wonder ?

    not into the parka but I've been looking for a ventile smock for ages now..

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    An image search on "vulcan bomber navigator" seems to indicate that the navigator had several flexible-necked lights at his disposal, sadly looking more like my old Anglepoise Model 99 from the 70s than any of the earlier models.....

    Dave, if you find a source for nice ventile smocks, post it up please!

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    yes, I saw those but I wasn't sure if they were anglepoise..


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    Quote Originally Posted by dave View Post
    you can always close this thread; LOL.

    was there ever such a thing as a Vulcan anglepoise lamp I wonder ?

    not into the parka but I've been looking for a ventile smock for ages now..
    This fella will source you one

    http://www.imgrum.org/user/ragparadesheffield/19237481

    https://www.facebook.com/RagParade/

    I have a large Army cadet windproof smock probably 70s /80s I think its a J Compton son and Web ltd but I dont think its Ventile but very similar to the ones by Blacks of Greenock from the same era. Grenfell cloth (cotton) is my favourite I personally favour it over Ventile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquatimer View Post
    Grenfell cloth (cotton) is my favourite I personally favour it over Ventile.
    Grenfell is awesome stuff.

    I saw a lovely WW2 paratrooper's Denison smock in a shop in Edinburgh -- sadly not for sale.

    Originally worn while also wearing a Dennison (two n's) COSD no doubt ;-)
    "Early this year I saw ex-army watches exhibited in a showcase at a little under 4 each. A week or two later I succeeded in buying one of them for 5. Recently their price seems to have risen to 8." (George Orwell, "As I Please", Tribune, 29th November 1946)

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    Dave
    I think there called goose neck lamps ?

    Lee

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    The auctions were definitely in Rosyth dockyard I used to attend them but never saw any of these watches

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    Default How about an alternative version of the V-Bomber myth ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ianp View Post
    If these were used by aircrew towards the end of life for the Vulcans it would seem entirely possible that not every Vulcan pilot saw or heard of them. On the other hand I do not believe that there is any documentary or even first hand anecdotal evidence that these watches were directly associated with Vulcan aircrews. It may be that they were used for some other purpose at say RAF Waddington (home of the last operational Vulcan squadron) and through this association became known as the Vulcan Seiko when they were surplussed out.
    With the timeframes involved, the myth might have gained more credibility had it been claimed that the watches were intended for use by Victor aircrews. The Handley Page Victor (in K2 tanker guise) was in service with the RAF for another 10 years after the Vulcan - until 1993.

    Just as a wind-up (and nothing more), check out the clasp engraving on this Venezuelan eBay auction for Seiko 7A38-701B which ended late last night.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/253144526086



    Some day, perhaps, all watches will be made this way.

    See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGiphyRTJ-A

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