You guys are amazing - I am deeply impressed. All information duly noted.
Although the case numbers for the English and Aussie watches are in different ranges the movement serial numbers fall within the same range between 315xxx and 325xxx. The range of serial numbers I have noted for the Aussie watches is 317xxx to 322xxx and there are plenty of English watches also in this range of numbers.
What I find curious is why were the cases different for the Australian Jaegers.. You would think that the same UK case would have been used since the UK order made up the bulk of the total sum. The slight differences in the case seems to indicate a different manufacture in addition to the shiny plated finish. It`s also note worthy that the case back serial numbers are grouped within a certain range. Kerry`s observation that he`s noted plenty of English watches in that range might have something to do with how the movements came delivered from the factory and then assembled. The relative tightness of the case back number range indicates the casings were done in one go. However the movements probably arrived in a less orderly manner and were installed without any duty to keeping the serials consecutive. Anyhow, these Aussie Jaegers are interesting as well as the Aussie Omega sterile back counterpart..
I had a JLC WWW with movement serial outside of the previous serial range. It was 396711?? Any ideas on this?
Also polished to within an inch of it's life. Unfortunately these are prone to bad rechrome jobs
I wouldn't be surprised if the same culprit was responsible for this watch.
I have always thought that my one was an old dog however looking at it again and now comparing it to some others it's actually a half decent watch - that minty one that you have/had has yet to be surpassed though..
I have kindly been offered a swap for an oz caseback with correct serial number to replace the WWW. This would give the watch more integrity. I guess I will just keep this one as an addition to the collection. And keep looking for a DD version. Good plan?
All I'm saying is, that the extracts make no distinction between the two. The distributor in the UK handled the Australian order which is the same as a few private label Australian civilian market Longines I have extracts for showing the movements were first shipped to the UK Longines agent. The civilian market ebauches were then shipped to the Australian agent who had them fitted into domestic made cases and supplied to local jewellery stores.. Somewhere there has to be something since the Australian cases/casebacks were different and a separate factory sub order..
I was investigating an RAAF 6b/159 Longines which had been MoD recased after the war and the extract of the archives I received only said that the watch had been delivered to the Longines UK agent (Baume) in 1944. The archives have no record of how the order was handled once in the hands of the agent and my inquires to Baume in London came back negative by saying the current company did not retain those records..
Last edited by lambstew; 04-16-2017 at 09:41.
I did get some info from the auction house re the vendor. He said that he had purchased the watch in the far east approx 10 years ago...FWIW.