The Concise Guide to Military Timepieces 1880 -1990
The Concise Guide to Military Timepieces 1880-1990 (Second Edition) By Z Wesolowski
Filled with concise descriptions and explanations of more than 150 models, and including a guide to current price ranges.
Chapters cover, in chronological order: pocket and deck watches, wristwatches, aviators watches, chronographs, timers, stop watches, divers watches and clocks.
An invaluable reference for collectors.
Mr. Wesolowski brings you the first illustrated guide devoted specifically to the highly collectible field of military watches and clocks.
He offers for collectors and dealers alike illustrations and detailed descriptions of more than 150 distinct models issued over the past century to the armed forces of Britain, the United States, Germany, France, Russia, Italy, Holland. Canada, Czechoslovakia and Japan.
Included is an illustrated guide to some 160 identification markings to be found on the military timepieces of these nations plus Spain, Sweden, Austro-Hungary, Poland, China, Chile and Peru.
Fascinating examples include the watches issued to the Zeppelin Airship crews of the Great War, and to the first generation of fighter pilots who hunted them in the night skies over London.
The trench watches acquired by officers and men whose struggle on the western Front changed the face of warfare forever; timepieces specific to the crews of Doenitz's U-boats are included as well.
Mr. Wesolowski presents watches of the Allied antisubmarine destroyers and corvettes which scoured the wartime Atlantic for the "wolf-packs", the watches issued to Luftwaffe aircrews in the Battle of Britain, and to the RAF and USAAF flyers who carried the air war back over the Third Reich.
He includes watches developed for the Italian frogmen who led the world in clandestine underwater operations during the first half of the Second World War, and for their US counterparts of the UDTs.
Current watches include those issued to today's jet fighter pilots, nuclear submarine crews, and Special Forces.
This book will be an invaluable reference horologists at every level of expertise; and will prove particularly useful to collectors of average means, whose imaginations are captured by their dramatic historical associations.
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7-1/2" X 10-1/4", Hardcover w/dustjacket, 192 pages, profusely illustrated w/380 black & white photographs.