1940s Military Pilot Chrono hand set Question???
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    1940s Military Pilot Chrono hand set Question???

    I have acquired a nice vintage Swiss military pilots chronograph with SUSPECT HANDS.?. Does anyone know if a "leaf" style hand and a "baton" style hand would have EVER been used together? I know probably a dumb question.
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    Re: 1940s Military Pilot Chrono hand set Question???

    Most likely, they should look more like these examples.

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    Re: 1940s Military Pilot Chrono hand set Question???

    Thanks Dan. That's what I figured, but, I didn't want to undo something that may have been unique so I thought I better put it out there. Thanks again.

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    Re: 1940s Military Pilot Chrono hand set Question???

    "Military pilot's chronograph" sounds awfully like the sellers' hype talk in listing titles and descriptions. Well, the first thing you should know: no, it's not a pilot's watch, and no, it's not a military watch. First of all, its legibility is far too low for a pilot's watch, and pilot's watches were usually lumed. The only two exceptions I know of are the Omega 6B/159 (and HS8 for the Fleet Air Arm), and the Weems (by Longines, Omega and Zenith) watches used by the RAF. It is not a military watch, because a) it's gold plated b) it's not waterproof c) not lumed d) doesn't fit any known military specification from that period.

    The hands come from two different sets.
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    Re: 1940s Military Pilot Chrono hand set Question???

    Just out of curiosity, what is the largest number on the tachymeter scale (the spiral scale)? It's hidden under a hand.
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    Re: 1940s Military Pilot Chrono hand set Question???

    Thanks for the info mkws. Every point makes perfect sense, so this must have been produced for the public as a military "look" or inspired item? Good to know and Thanks again.

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    Re: 1940s Military Pilot Chrono hand set Question???

    I don't have the watch with me, but I believe the tachy's largest number is 400.
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    Just out of curiosity, what is the largest number on the tachymeter scale (the spiral scale)? It's hidden under a hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joewing View Post
    I don't have the watch with me, but I believe the tachy's largest number is 400.
    That fact, along with the fixed lugs and the absence of lume suggests to me that this watch may be from the 1930s. Pretty old.
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    Re: 1940s Military Pilot Chrono hand set Question???

    If those are olive pushers they point to at least mid to late 1930's. Killer looking watch.

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