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23-10-2020, 16:18   #9751
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Going to have to pull you up there. Breitling specifically provided the on board chronometer for spitfires and other aircraft to the RAF throughout the 30s and 40s. I think the Navitimer came out in the early 50s and was a ground breaking "tool" watch at the time. You have to bare in mind that they were very much tool watches back then more than luxury pieces. They certainly weren't the first pilots watches but their aviation heritage is very much legitimate. Obviously now its all just marketing BS, the same as any luxury watch brand. To be fair to Breitling actually, they do still try to make modern relevant tool watches. That emergency one they have is a great piece of kit to have even now. I think someone on here actually has one.
My father was presented with a clock out of the panel of a Hurricane by one of his mechanics. Unfortunately it was stolen in the Early 80's. That one at least I don't think was made by Breitling. The chronometer my father was issued for navigating his Spitfires, Hurricanes, et al, was a Jaeger LeCoutre pocket watch. The wrist watch he was issued with was an Omega. But sure, I'll accept your correction as I was unaware Breitling made clocks for the RAF.

Edit: Wibbs has jogged my memory there with his excellent depth of knowledge, it was made by Smith's. I remember handling it with interest before it was installed in the boat my father built, from whence it was later stolen.

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23-10-2020, 16:24   #9752
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Did he get to keep the JLC pocket watch? Would love to see that
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23-10-2020, 16:41   #9753
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Did he get to keep the JLC pocket watch? Would love to see that
Yes, I still have it and the Omega. JLC still runs, Omega might be restorable in the right hands (anyone any ideas on this?)

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I find it surreal to think these objects were hurtling through the skies in a Spitfire and multiple other types of single seat fighter during WW2.
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I'd say your Omega is well restorable C. The dial is in great nick, the alloy cases tend to go abit crusty, but are fixable and the movement should come back to life handily enough. Might need a balance staff, but the movement is a good one and many were made so should be easy enough to source one.
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Strangely, I have another watch I personally think is more remarkable than the war relics. It's a Flavre Leuba ladies watch that belonged to my mother. A 16 jewel masterpiece of miniatuisation with the whole movement being about the size of the tip of my pinky. The movement is probably smaller in volume than a single link in the watch band of those enormous hulking gerat mens watches that so many seem to like.
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23-10-2020, 18:13   #9756
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Strangely, I have another watch I personally think is more remarkable than the war relics. It's a Flavre Leuba ladies watch that belonged to my mother. A 16 jewel masterpiece of miniatuisation with the whole movement being about the size of the tip of my pinky. The movement is probably smaller in volume than a single link in the watch band of those enormous hulking gerat mens watches that so many seem to like.
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It's funny how people grow to like or dislike certain brands.
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As a child of the 80s, watching Formula 1 with my mum, there was only one watch brand I was aware of:
TAG Heuer.

Didn't know till later that the company developed the modern transponder-based timing system used by most motorsport.

And even later discovered the character that was a Jack Heuer.
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I've been looking through my vintage National Geographics and found two more watch adverts that I hadn't noticed before. The first's another full-page Hamilton, this time from a couple of years earlier, June 1939 and a smaller one, a Girard Perregaux chrono, in the November 1938 edition.



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It's funny how people grow to like or dislike certain brands.
Yeah, it has many influences for each individual. Depends on the type of collector(or not) too. Familial connections, childhood memories, perceptions of status, mechanical(or even electrical) engineering considerations, horological interest, advertising, cultural background. It's kinda mad. T'is a broad church.
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I've been looking through my vintage National Geographics and found two more watch adverts that I hadn't noticed before. The first's another full-page Hamilton, this time from a couple of years earlier, June 1939 and a smaller one, a Girard Perregaux chrono, in the November 1938 edition.
When I see ads like that aimed at young men from that time I always have the thought in the back of my head that they don't realise what's coming and how many wouldn't be coming back.
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Wandered into a Casio store here in Hanoi and left with this.

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GWN-Q1000. A favourite weekend warrior.

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As a child of the 80s, watching Formula 1 with my mum, there was only one watch brand I was aware of:
TAG Heuer.

Didn't know till later that the company developed the modern transponder-based timing system used by most motorsport.

And even later discovered the character that was a Jack Heuer.
Absolutely no offense, but I never liked Tags myself. There's something about them being a 'Laaaads' watch.
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Absolutely no offense, but I never liked Tags myself. There's something about them being a 'Laaaads' watch.
That's it, people will like or dislike certain brands for all sorts of reasons. Wibbs mentioned a few reasons. For some reason I want an in house movement. Makes zero sense in the sub €1000 category. Annoys me when I see a watch I like and find out it uses a perfectly good ETA movement. What the hell does it matter? I don't know, but it's something I need. That obviously doesn't go for microbrands btw
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