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    Question Uncle Joe's War Watch

    Can anybody identify this movement, it's got me stumped.

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    When soldiers, many who had lost their belongings in POW camps or in battle, came home to small Australian country towns from WWII, it was a custom in some towns to present a watch to their returned vets. My partners father and her Uncle Joe each received one and Uncle Joe's watch was recently found in a drawer.

    I didn't hold out much hope for it as the case was well worn and scratched as it had been worn as a daily beater in the days when men did a lot of manual work but the dial appealed to me..

    After lying dormant for many years it needed no more than a shake to start ticking, I popped the snap-on case back and the movement looked pristine (considering) so I wound it and let it run for a few days. It keeps time as good as any of my other mechanicals.

    The watch is cased in an Australian made "Handley" brass plated case with a snap-on stainless back.
    Crystal comes off with the front bezel and the movement is removed from the front.
    It's rather a small watch by modern standards but was fairly normal mens size in the 1940s.

    It's Swiss Made movement with nicely engine turned decoration and the only meaningful marking is 1077 in a circle (movement number?)

    The dial has lovely aged caramel lume hands and I presume, radium numbers.
    Movement is 23mm dia X 4.2mm high

    Anyway, if anyone can shed light on this little watch I'd appreciate it.

    Cheers
    Jim



    Last edited by JimInOz; August 25th, 2012 at 08:01. Reason: Add dimensions
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    Re: Uncle Joe's War Watch

    AS 1077 bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: AS 1077

    What a nice story.
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    Re: Uncle Joe's War Watch

    Well the movement is an AS 1077, see here bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: AS 1077
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    Watch Website: www.chambresdebelair.com/watches.html last update 07/11/2012

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    Re: Uncle Joe's War Watch

    Great story Jim looks like you have found your answer, any chance of a pic in the case

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    Re: Uncle Joe's War Watch

    Once I've dusted the movement and lightly brushed off the dial it'll go back in the case.

    Pics then!

    BTW, is there any issue with brushing the dial, I suspect the lume was radium, 1940s era, do I need to wear a mask and vac any dust?

    PS: And where are my manners!!!! Thanks to Marrick and John for their guidance.
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    Re: Uncle Joe's War Watch

    Nice one Jim, watch looks good and in nice condition.

    But after lying dormant for may years, it's a good bet that the pivots will be dry of any lubricant
    so using the watch in this state will accelerate wear.
    It's wise to treat any old dial with lume with extreme care, if you brush the lume then pieces may flake of.
    Lift off the dust and lint with a tiny piece of Rodico twirled to the end of a cocktail stick. Safest to wear a mask
    and avoid breathing in if you have your face close to dial.

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    Re: Uncle Joe's War Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by radger View Post
    Nice one Jim, watch looks good and in nice condition.

    But after lying dormant for may years, it's a good bet that the pivots will be dry of any lubricant
    so using the watch in this state will accelerate wear.
    It's wise to treat any old dial with lume with extreme care, if you brush the lume then pieces may flake of.
    Lift off the dust and lint with a tiny piece of Rodico twirled to the end of a cocktail stick. Safest to wear a mask
    and avoid breathing in if you have your face close to dial.

    Will do

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    Re: Uncle Joe's War Watch

    Great story. I can't wait to see that little beauty in its case.
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