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    Default Since today on 11-11-1918 WW1 ended so bought this today

    All ways wanted a US issued WW1 Signal Corps wristlet and I just bought this today on Ebay on the anniversary WW1 ended a Zenith Signal Corps USA issued wristlet. Some were I read US pilots used them in WW1 who knows but the history these watches have. Will be getting another strap for it the type with the bund style pad used in WW1 era watches.

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    That is a great find!

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    Very cool watch. Congrats. Those go for lots of $$$.
    I’d love to see the movement. Is it possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pilotswatch View Post
    Very cool watch. Congrats. Those go for lots of $$$.
    I’d love to see the movement. Is it possible?
    I will post a photo of the movement when I receive the watch. And there deals out there was way cheaper than the Zenith Special I bought some time back.

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    I’ll join you in remembrance and wear this Rolex trench watch.


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    Very nice watch, great dedication & a very thoughtful purchase . It reminds me to wear my favourite WW1 watch for a few days.








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    Guess I will wear this one today since it mite be a week before I get this Zenith


    From the 29th Div a US Army national guard unit activated in WW1

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    Some info on early US Army aviation so this watch mite of been used by Pilot's in WW1 since early Army aviation was attached to the Signal Corps.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aviati...._Signal_Corps

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    Quote Originally Posted by obsoletewatchparts View Post
    Very nice watch, great dedication & a very thoughtful purchase . It reminds me to wear my favourite WW1 watch for a few days.







    John Jellicoe of Jutland fame?

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    Very very nice!

    For this special day, need lot of works :

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    Hi Mike. I think you're taking the path less travelled with your collecting habits, and it makes for fascinating reading for those (like me) who stick with more mainstream (>1940) stuff. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by hookedseven View Post
    Hi Mike. I think you're taking the path less travelled with your collecting habits, and it makes for fascinating reading for those (like me) who stick with more mainstream (>1940) stuff. Thanks
    Any Military timepieces catches my interest some times the under the radar stuff you get for a better price. Like military clocks most don't pay any attention to and these signal corps watches. And this Signal Corps watch I found by accident on ebay and I all ways wanted one. The stuff every body wants are getting out of my price range so I switch to other type's no one's looking for because there new to collecting good to have experience.

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    There were three or four brands that made these for the Signal Corps
    Here is the longines modern copy ruined as usual with a date window and triple the price as my original.
    https://www.longines.com/watches/her.../l2-309-4-23-2

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveH View Post
    John Jellicoe of Jutland fame?
    I remember seeing that watch on the net somewhere and did a readup on it.

    Yes, the Sir John Jellicoe mentioned throughout the 1.W.W... Mr Hardman ( Lieutenant-Commander Everard Hardman Jones) also getting mentioned quite a few times, especially here;
    ‘The Admiralty War Staff and its influence on the conduct of the naval war between 1914 and 1918.’

    Nicholas Duncan Black
    University College
    University of London.
    Ph.D. Thesis.
    2005.

    http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1445317/1/U592637.pdf

    ...and a big congrats Mike, beautiful watch!
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    My contribution to Mike's excellent thread...


    I quite forgot this Pershing of mine ;(


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    Very cool watch. Congrats.

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    Very cool find Mike 👍

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    Some more info I dug up from one of my book Military Timepieces by Whitney

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