Rare Waltham issued manual winding wrist watch, USA, 1950s Military Issued, ORD Dept, USA, OF-178972
- Date Listed16/12/2018
For Sale, For Collector, a Collectables,
Rare Timepiece, Old Military Watch, Vintage Timer
USA Military Wrist Watch
some of the rarest Military watch, all the military markings, hallmarks
Waltham Watch Company
United Stated of America Military Wrist Watch
Stainless Steel Casing,
Sub second hand dial
Back Cover signed ORD Dept, USA, OF-178972
Hand winding wrist watch,
Manual wind military watch
Diameter 31 mm
Lug to Lug 40 mm
One of the most collectables, rare military timepieces
Switzerland or USA Model
circa 1950s 1960s Vietnam war, Korean war
Authentic, Genuine, Original Military Watch
A piece for collector
Military wristwatches are believed to have received their name from a German military request for a soldier in a watch house, otherwise known as a guard tower. One story tells that the military wristwatches came into use when a German naval officer needed to know the time but could not pull out a pocket watch since both his hands were busy operating the machine. Another story is that Wilhelm I placed an order at a Berlin trade show. These new wrist watches saw their first action in the Boer War. Later seen in World War I, rudimentary wrist watches were small sized pocket watches with metal lugs soldered on so that a fabric strap could hold the watch to a wrist. Some had no cover over the watch crystal, while others had a metal cover, some of these had pieces of the cover cut, so that the watch could be seen without opening the cover.
US Army specification 55-1B
This watch was known for its luminous hands and markers, had a seven jewel movement, an olive drab cotton strap, and a stainless steel case. It has been described as "reasonably shock resistant and waterproof". They are accurate to 30 seconds per day, and are produced by Movado, Waltham, Elgin, and Hamilton.
Revision A of specification
MIL-W-3818 was released on 12 March 1956 to include the following:
A. Reduce the variety of grades and types of watches.
B. Assure consistent quality of items.
C. Eliminate testing requirements of one year and substitute in lieu thereof a guarantee provision.
D. Incorporate a new case design.[