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    Unusual Elco watch - anyone know what the extra dial scales are for?

    I`ve just noticed this old Elco on eBay:
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    I`ve no interest in buying it but am curious to know if anybody what the inner red scales were used for.
    The outer scale seems to be a Telemetry scale ..but as this watch appears to have no chronograph function I was wondering if it was just a transplanted dial franken or just someones flight of fancy or a genuine watch missing some bits?

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    Re: Unusual Elco watch - anyone know what the extra dial scales are for?

    It has both tachymeter and telemeter scales, so it must be a dial for a chronograph transplanted into this case. That's my story anyway.
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    Re: Unusual Elco watch - anyone know what the extra dial scales are for?

    Outside is a telemetre scale for measuring distance based on sight and sound (lightning and thunder)

    Inside is most likely a Tachometer which is used to measure speed. Police helicopters can measure speed based on how fast a car travels past telephone poles.

    Fast speeds based on the outside of the snail and slower as it measures inside over an elapsed time

    A cheap little chrono model which really isn't a chronograph

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    Re: Unusual Elco watch - anyone know what the extra dial scales are for?

    Looks like it`s a pretty feeble franken attempt then..or someone just liked the dial from a dead chrono and didnt want to chuck it away :0)

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    Re: Unusual Elco watch - anyone know what the extra dial scales are for?

    To be more accurate, the dial would be for a chronostop type of watch, since there are no sub-dials, and the sweep hand would have to serve as the running second hand as well as the timer hand.
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    Re: Unusual Elco watch - anyone know what the extra dial scales are for?

    Ahh..I`ve learned something new..thanks Dan

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    Re: Unusual Elco watch - anyone know what the extra dial scales are for?

    Personally, I doubt that it's a frankenwatch. It will have a cheap pin lever movement inside and such watches were sometimes "upgraded" to compensate for their low budget nature by providing extra features, whether these were really useful or not. And the cheapest way to upgrade would be to print something extra on the dial.

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    Re: Unusual Elco watch - anyone know what the extra dial scales are for?

    Yes, a Telemeter (for distance based on sound) and Tachymeter (for distance between known points)

    Some of my favorite chronos have these features
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    Re: Unusual Elco watch - anyone know what the extra dial scales are for?

    The only way I can see any utility is if it has a hacking seconds. Hack at 12 o’clock and when you see a lightning or mortar flash, push the crown in. Pull it out when you hear the report and check the results?

    Any pin levers hack? I know, I’m reaching here...

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    Re: Unusual Elco watch - anyone know what the extra dial scales are for?

    Well it`s still on eBay with no bids at £2 so if anyone wants to buy it and pick it to bits for inspection ... :0)

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