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    Pilot's wristwatch

    Any help about identifying this watch is welcomed.

    It's Swiss,15.jewells pilot wristwatch from 1930.-is as far as I know.Inscription on the dial is "Chronometre Alsinal",and it measures 40mm. in diameter.

    Thanks in advance!



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    Re: Pilot's wristwatch

    It looks like a true pilot's watch - it even has a (movable?) marker at 12:00, plus the lume on the hands and dial. The movement is an Adolf Schild Cal. AS 1130:

    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...&2uswk&AS_1130

    ...the so called "Wehrmachtskaliber" (German army calibre). AFAIK, this does not automatically mean that it was made for the German army.

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    Re: Pilot's wristwatch

    Nice.

    :thanks

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    Re: Pilot wristwatch

    I know very little about military watches. I have not
    really seen other watches with that type of bezel marker.
    From the looks, it appears as though it would be authentic.
    A very cool watchjedanzoom .


    BTW: Aging and classifying watches by the lume applied
    is interesting. I had only thought of lume as, well, just lume.
    It funny how a little more knowledge about a small deatil
    can give that sort of insight. Good job Hartmut.

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    Re: Pilot wristwatch

    Thanks bujumon.

    I don't doubt authenticity of this watch at all,I just needed information about it as this inscription on the dial confuses me for a long time now.

    I acquired this watch couple years ago,but I couldn't find almost any information on it since then.

    Got one similar to this,but it needs to be repaired and serviced before posting here.I presume that it is "Breitling" but we'll see when the Time comes.

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    Re: Pilot's wristwatch

    Hi -

    The other posters have covered most of the bases, but there's a few other items: fixed lugs, which point to a watch made earlier than WW2, but not necessarily so; the movement in question, while called the "Wehrmachtswerk" or German Army movement, is simply called that because the German military was a very large user of the movement, but this movement was made well into the 1950s (robust, easy to work on, fairly accurate) and found its way into literally thousands of watches that had nothing to do with the military.

    The name of the company - Alsinal - doesn't come up with anything very sensible when googling except a mercifully short list. Lots of Swiss manufacturers simply disappeared in the 1970s as quartz watches took away their customers, and there're a lot of orphans out there...

    But no doubt that Hartmut is correct: this appears to be a right and proper pilot's watch, and the original manufacturer would probably have worked on the movement to get higher accuracy than otherwise would be the case...

    Nice watch, too.

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    Re: Pilot's wristwatch

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    Hi -

    The name of the company - Alsinal - doesn't come up with anything very sensible when googling except a mercifully short list.
    JohnF
    There's one mentioned here:

    http://www.fernandoduransubastas.com...subcategoria=2

    But the picture which came up in the search doesn't show anymore. The entry - autotranslated - is:

    ALSINAL "wristwatch, chronograph, 40 YEARS Stainless steel mechanical movement MANUALEsfera with white Arabic numerals in black and two areas auxilliares for the time trial. Chronograph with trespulseradores counting on the plant. Center seconds and needles in blue enamel. Bracelet blue skin .
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    Re: Pilot's wristwatch

    And another one here:

    http://www.masoportunidades.com.ar/a...-marca-alsinal
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    Re: Pilot's wristwatch

    Hi -

    I saw that one as well, but there was nothing about the company as such, just about YAOWC (Yet Another Orphan Watch Company)...

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    Re: Pilot wristwatch

    A.Schild 1130 movement, known as the "Wehrmachtskaliber".
    In WW II the German Army had wristwatches for their officers and special functions.
    These were manufactured according to given specifications by many German and Swiss producers and retailers (Titus, Aipina, Mulco, Silvana, Minerva, Record, Arsa, Bueren, Zenith, Longines, BWC, Berg, Stowa, Mimo, Mulco, Aristo, Wagner, Cortebert, E Exita, Helvetia, Dogma, Arsa, Minerva, Eterna, Revue Sport, Helbros, Edo, Freco, Glycine and a lot of other brands).

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