Grandfather's WWII worn Charly Incabloc?
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    Off Topic post Grandfather's WWII worn Charly Incabloc?

    Hey guys, glad to be a new member.

    I was recently going through some old things and found 3 of my grandfather's old watches. He was a proud fighter pilot in World War II and didn't retire around the mid 50's, so the watches could be from NY where in between 1940 and 1955 or even after that.

    This is the Charly incabloc.

    After doing extensive research I can't find a single similar watch whatsoever. Nothing named Charly at all, only watches that have some of the same features on the dial.

    The only piece of information I have on this one is that my mother remembers him wearing this one when he would be coming back from action but her memory is too vague to confirm. It seems to be the most capable watch of the three, given all of the measurements on the dial and the fact that it says waterproof. So I'd have to assume if he were wearing any watch during actual combat, it would be this one, as compared to the more casual Omega and Longines in my other threads.

    I consider these watches to be priceless airlooms, and any information on the watch would be greatly appreciated.

    Was never into watches - pretty cool that these watches are getting me interested in horology, given its importance for a pilot, this late in the game at 27 years of age.

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    Re: Grandfather's WWII worn Charly Incabloc?

    Since your Grandfather‘s chronograph isn‘t a PILMIL watch per se I moved your post to the Vintage & Pocket Watches forum. Simply the better forum.
    The chrono looks familiar, si ilar to Camy, Cortebert, Cyma, Delbana, Ducado chronographs of the same period. Might be equipped with a Landeron, Valjoux, Venus movement.
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    Re: Grandfather's WWII worn Charly Incabloc?

    A fairly typical chronograph from the 1940s. The photos are not so good, but it looks to be gold-plated with some wear to the plating. Many companies that are now defunct assembled watches like these using movements and other components from a few standard manufacturers. Charly is the brand name, "Incabloc" is a shock protection mechanism used on the movement. The dial is basically advertising features of the watch, i.e. that it is shock-protected, has an anti-magnetic hairspring, 17 jewels, etc.

    The movement is likely to provide the most information, so perhaps you can post photos of the inside of the watch (including both the movement and the inside of the case-back) that clearly show any markings. Since you consider this an heirloom, I am assuming that you might want to restore it. Assuming the movement is in decent condition, it can be serviced and repaired. The pushers and crown should match the color of the case.

    Here is a similar watch with (I believe) a Landeron 51 movement.
    https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item...aph-wristwatch
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    Re: Grandfather's WWII worn Charly Incabloc?

    Wow thank you guys for the replies. Lots of good information.

    Know anything about the Omega and Longines in my other threads?

    Where should I look into having these vintage watches serviced?

    Very cool to see the watch in that auction link, I couldn't find anything at all!
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    Re: Grandfather's WWII worn Charly Incabloc?

    Of the three watches you've posted (also Omega and Longines) I found this one to be the most interesting. I like his taste in Speidel Twist-O-Flex bracelets. My Dad wore them on most of his watches well into the 1980's.

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    Re: Grandfather's WWII worn Charly Incabloc?

    My money is on Landeron 48 - but grandfather's watch is always priceless.

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    Re: Grandfather's WWII worn Charly Incabloc?

    Quote Originally Posted by CMSgt Bo View Post
    Of the three watches you've posted (also Omega and Longines) I found this one to be the most interesting. I like his taste in Speidel Twist-O-Flex bracelets. My Dad wore them on most of his watches well into the 1980's.
    Thanks man!

    Yea the omega and Charly bands are intact but the Longines will need replacing so I'll probably go with something a little more modern.

    Quote Originally Posted by VESPASIAN View Post
    My money is on Landeron 48 - but grandfather's watch is always priceless.
    Is that an automatic movement? This watch didn't start right up like the omega and Longines

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    Re: Grandfather's WWII worn Charly Incabloc?

    Quote Originally Posted by Swissnatic View Post
    Is that an automatic movement?
    Nope, manual-wind chronograph.
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    Re: Grandfather's WWII worn Charly Incabloc?

    I seriously doubt it dates to the WWII period. This design, plus Incabloc being used in a watch by a fairly obscure and forgotten manufacturer, would suggest early 1950s.
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