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    Pierce Parashock... WW2???

    I recently purchased a Pierce Parashock watch that I believe was used in combat during WW2. Name:  PIERCE.JPG
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Size:  69.4 KB I'm not entirely sure of their age, and I don't know very much about the Pierce name. Any help appreciated!
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    Re: Pierce Parashock... WW2???

    Pierce is an under-rated brand which deserves more attention actually. They have developed several manufacture movements, most interestingly a linear automatic movement: bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: Pierce 861(AUT)

    The ' Fab. Suisse ' mark on dial indicates it's manufactured after 1936 for the French market, it's from an era where center seconds was considered as complication, since most watches still had the seconds at subdials. The case looks chrome, back is steel, as for the WW II could be or not.Crown looks off/replaced to me, but I am not educated about the brand so don't know how it should look like though.

    Overall it's an early considered era for water-proof cases and center seconds, definitely collectible.

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    Re: Pierce Parashock... WW2???

    Hi and Welcome
    Pierce was a very famous and good watch manufacturer.
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    SINCE 1883

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    I know them for their chronographs and unique early automatic.
    Your piece is an early patented waterproof style of case.
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    Re: Pierce Parashock... WW2???

    Hi!
    Nice Watch!
    About the name - mikrolisk -
    Pierce SA / Leon Levy &Freres Kleinuhren, Uhrenteile, Gehäuse, Uhrwerke; Biel, Genf und Moutier, Schweiz; New York, USA; registriert am 20.4.1931

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    Re: Pierce Parashock... WW2???

    Very very nice.

    This Parashock is a bit more modern than your




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    Re: Pierce Parashock... WW2???

    I thought that the crown looked unoriginal as well. I'll be sure to post pictures of the movement, and the new crown I'll put on it. The watchmaker I work under has alot of old stock parts, so he may just have one that'll fit and make the watch what it should have looked like 60 years ago.

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    Re: Pierce Parashock... WW2???

    Whatever you do - leave the dial as it is. It sports beautiful patina, even and not too intensive. If the radium on the indexes is still solid, I'd even leave that alone.

    Same goes for the hands - they are quite typical for Pierce and, as far as I can see, in good shape.

    The case is particularly interesting - Pierce was a pioneer of waterproofed cases. Waterproofing was by means of a lead gasket, evenly tightened by four or six screws.

    Must be a wonderful experience to break down and maintain such an old watch under the supervision of an experienced watchmaker


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    Re: Pierce Parashock... WW2???

    It's nice to believe that it was used in combat but on balance and given it doesn't even have an engraved service number I would suggest that it's a leap of faith. Unless you have other evidence?


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    Re: Pierce Parashock... WW2???

    Quite possible that it was worn by a soldier. However, I doubt it was issued by the military.

    As for Pierce, they're best known for their indigenous, well designed solutions to the question of potential patent infringements, most notably the introduction of the vertical chronograph clutch. The avoidance of the costly movements made by the Ebauches SA allowed Pierce to offer the first affordable chronographs of reasonable quality. In addition they took sponsoring one step further when they equipped the whole Italian bicycle team for the 1935 and 1936 (Olympics!) seasons with their chronographs. In turn, they sold them in boxes with the signatures of the drivers on them.

    As for the quality of their movements, Pierce were among the first to ever have chronometer-certified a chronograph.

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    Re: Pierce Parashock... WW2???

    I love the patina as well, that was what really drew me to the watch. However, I have yet to recieve the watch. It's still in transit to my house from the man I purchased it from. I'll be sure to break down the entire watch for you guys when it gets here.

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