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    Question Longines Czech - help with markings please?

    Hi all... I have owned this watch for a few years now, but never got around to asking for opinions on here. I have searched all over the web, but have come up with virtually zero so far, other than the fact that there was indeed air races in Prague in 1938, the watch was sent by Longines to it's concessionaire in Prague in 1936 & it's matching numbers. Of course, it is no longer wearing the original hands or crown (anyone have any spares sitting around??) but I think the mystique of these watches and the possible history of this particular variant have always made me happy to own it. If anyone can provide me with any source of additional information about the Prague Air races in that era, or similar non-issued variants, I would be most appreciative! The inscription is as follows:

    concours aeriens de la petite entente 1938 shell, praha

    ...basically translated as "air competition of the small cartel (agreement?) 1938. Shell (the sponsor, maybe?) Prague.


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    Hey that's nice. Love the marks. Looks like a jlc www hour hour.

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    The petit entente was neither a small cartel nor an agreement but a military alliance.
    https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petite_Entente
    The watch itself is nice.
    Regards,

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    Royal Dutch Shell (the full name of Shell) had a very large presence in Romania at that time.

    /edit- romania was part of the little entente along with czechoslovakia and yugoslavia

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    Very cool watch and great provenance. Enjoy!

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    Awesome - thanks all! That all starts to make more sense now... I have sent a message to Shell Aviation in Prague & will await any response. These big companies generally have a historical archive, it's just a matter of knowing who/where to ask. Will provide an update if there is anything interesting to report. cheers, Mark
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    Excellent! Id be very interested to hear what they say- my dad worked for RDS back in the sixties and seventies, as an officer on shell tankers taking jet fuel out to vietnam during the war. One of his old bosses recently wrote an expose book on what happened to it when it got to saigon, it apparently had a tendency to go to both sides. My old man has many excellent photo albums of his adventures as an englishman in the vietnam war- lotsa pics of PB boats escorting them up the river, etc. i should ask him what watch he was wearing at the time...
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    Rich

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