Military watches

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Military watches

Postby eveled » Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:58 am

I was wondering if we have any watch experts here? These are two military watches I have a Bullova and an Elgin. I bought them off eBay around 20 years ago. I entered low bids and won. So I have very little invested, and no sentimental value. So don't worry about hurting my feelings. Curious what I really have.
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Re: Military watches

Postby eveled » Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:00 am

Also I'd love to see other military watches you all might have.

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Re: Military watches

Postby Miller Bro's » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:28 am

Very nice I think you got two treasures there ::tu::
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Re: Military watches

Postby GerryD » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:36 pm

The one thing you can be sure of is that the prices will have increased. I collect British army watches and 60 years ago you could pick them up for £20 - £60 now they range from £1000 to £2500. I don't know about your watches but you could try the The Military Watch Resource forum but don't just ask about price because your post will be ignored. Introduce yourself there are lots of watch collectors state side on the the forum. Post some pictures and ask general questions then put in the for sale bit (you don't have to pay extra for that on there).

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Re: Military watches

Postby eveled » Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:42 pm

Thanks Gerry.

They aren't for sale anyway. Was hoping my post would flush out more pictures from others.

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Re: Military watches

Postby GerryD » Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:04 pm

Ah if you want some pictures look no further, i had to have an interest when I stopped the knives.
I'm 69 and this is my dad's Moeris worn during the Airborne invasion of Sicily,Italy and finally Arnhem where he was made POW. The army marks have been rubbed off by dad while waiting transportation to POW camp in Germany and he brought it home in 1945.
It has been restored.
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Re: Military watches

Postby eveled » Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:29 pm

Wow! Super cool watch and great story. It must be a prized possession. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Military watches

Postby doglegg » Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:18 am

That is a great story! ::tu:: ::tu::

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Re: Military watches

Postby GerryD » Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:03 pm

Certainly is a prized treasure and it keeps time to about 30sec a day when worn.
I have lots more if you would like to see them but I know this is a knife forum so let me know.
That knife avatar looks familiar Demitri?

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Re: Military watches

Postby Miller Bro's » Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:28 am

I would like to see more watches Gerry ::nod::

GerryD wrote:That knife avatar looks familiar Demitri?


I made that avatar about four years ago, I change them every year or so and decided to use this one again.
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Re: Military watches

Postby GerryD » Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:46 pm

Nearly all my watches are what is known as ATP. Some difference of opinion as to the meaning of ATP but I suspect its either Army time piece or Army temporary pattern. These watches were ordered by the British MOD late 30's and were the mane stay during the war. All should have followed the same specification but there was something lost in translation maybe.
I'll go through them alphabetically so I'm starting with a Buren. Not rare but still hard to come by. As the watches were issued they should have been engraved or stamped with the ATP and crown foot /I\ on the rear case, not all had the serial number. The Buren is one of the larger watches and measures 31mm in diameter, small by todays standard.
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Re: Military watches

Postby Miller Bro's » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:09 am

Handsome looking knife, did they originally come with a leather band or fabric?
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Re: Military watches

Postby GerryD » Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:55 pm

Originally I think a fabric strap but some had pig skin this of course has a replacement strap. I have seen some on steel adjustable but I doubt if the was WW2 issue. I think the soldiers did change them. The fabric strap fetches £100+ now and are rare as hens teeth.

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Re: Military watches

Postby Miller Bro's » Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:37 pm

Wow! £100 ? Amazing!
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Re: Military watches

Postby mrwatch » Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:41 pm

by L=100 is that British pounds sterling? keeps time to around 30 seconds a day. I would prefer +8-10 seconds a day for a military watch. Probably needs serviced. I have enough trouble keeping up with American rail road grade time pieces. :mrgreen:


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