Good morning! I stopped by antique stores yesterday morning on my way to a family reunion mostly without success.
At this particular one I got the usual response of no old watches. But, he said 'well wait a minute' went thru a couple drawers in his desk, 'this has a clock on it', and showed me what he dug up.
I consider myself pretty familiar with military watches, but at first glance I had no idea what the heck it was. I recognized it as being military, but had never seen one before. I asked him what he wanted for it and he said $40. I told him I'd take it, and had my wife try to look it up by the numbers on the rest of our drive.
The tag reads:
Watch Housing Assembly
Pt. No. 39360-2-01,
Stk No. 6400-192855,
Mfg. By Hamilton Watch Co. for:
Edgerton, Germeshausen & Grier, Inc.
The best info I've actually found for it is here: http://www.timelyclassics.com/portal...roduct_id=1237
They ID it as a periscope camera timer for a nuclear submarine. Very cool in my book. (The price seems on the crazy end to me, for sure.)
Also interesting, apparently Hamilton didn't put serial #'s on the 735a movements in these, and case serial #'s range from around 1000 to around 3000. 2000 total pieces maybe?
I haven't been able to find any pictures of how they would be mounted or used, or any contract papers or information.
Please throw out any thoughts, comments ideas for research, etc.