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    Domino Pilot's Watch

    This came today:






    Seller reckons its 1930's. There is an identical one that has sold by a dealer here: Ulric of England and he states that the strap was marked 1940. That dealer says 'Luftwaffe', whereas my seller said:
    THE WATCH HAS NO MILITARY MARKINGS AS THE GERMANS WERE FORBIDDEN A MILITARY AIRFORCE UNDER THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES,
    THEY TRAINED UNDER THE COVER OF GLIDER CLUBS AND CARGO FLIGHTS

    I don't know anything about such things, so informed opinions welcome.

    No military markings on mine at all, back completely plain.


    Inside:



    The rotating milled bezel with its marker inside works fine:



    I can't ID the movement - no markings at all - which I think is 12.75'''.



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    Anybody know the movement?

    There is another Domino here: http://allegro.pl/domino-lata-40-xx-...239689101.html but it seems to be a rather obscure brand.

    The strap is synthetic leather, but its got 19mm fixed lugs so I'll need to source a suitable replacement as I don't have anything to fit.

    Thanks for looking. Not my usual cheapo purchase BTW!
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    Re: Domino Pilot's Watch

    It has a fairly modern shock protection, which makes me doubt its "military" heritage. The Luftwaffe was founded in 1935; the shock protection on this watch looks much more recent.
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    Re: Domino Pilot's Watch

    Interesting, I've been searching for it's obvious close relative, without any luck so far



    Inside this:



    Which is currently on fleabay france
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    Re: Domino Pilot's Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by AbslomRob View Post
    It has a fairly modern shock protection, which makes me doubt its "military" heritage. The Luftwaffe was founded in 1935; the shock protection on this watch looks much more recent.
    German military watches were the first major users of shock protection... all of the WWII issues are shock protected. So this may still be dated in the 30s...
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

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    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Domino Pilot's Watch

    Yes - it looks the same except mine has been modified to have a sweep second hand.
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    Re: Domino Pilot's Watch

    I thought so too. But Rob is probably right in saying that its not Luftwaffe as such.
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    Re: Domino Pilot's Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    German military watches were the first major users of shock protection... all of the WWII issues are shock protected. So this may still be dated in the 30s...
    You miss my point; Incabloc wasn't even invented till 1934. So the logic that this watch might have been "pre" Luftwaffe doesn't make sense; any "German air force" watch with incabloc would have been acquired after the luftwaffe was formed, and thus would have luftwaffe military markings.

    I guess it just bugs me the way that internet sellers try to hype up their watches with unsupportable claims.
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    Re: Domino Pilot's Watch

    Just to add a bit, the company - Schmid-Schlenker - was, apparently, only started in 1934 and production was suspended after the war till 1948.

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    BTW Rob, I didn't buy it thinking it was a Luftwaffe watch. I just wanted a watch with that kind of bezel arrangement that, as I understand it, was primarily used by aircrew.
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    Re: Domino Pilot's Watch

    Here is an example of that particular bridge layout of the AS 1130 "Wehrmachtswerk":

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Girard-Perregaux 27 (AS 1130)

    ...although that one doesn't have indirect central seconds either.

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    Re: Domino Pilot's Watch

    Thank you Hartmut! So, would you think more 1950's then?
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