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Indo China Wars 1945 - 1975. Covering, French Indo China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, etc.

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Old 03-04-2014, 10:33 PM   #16
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Very interesting info Guy...thanks for the comments...I can tell pretty much the older russian types from the newer from experience, and watches are an interesting twist of collecting....great thread...and who knows , someone still may add to it in the future...One time at the mile high flea there was a guy who got into a watchmakers estate, and he bought literally hundreds of the ww2 air corps A-2 watches for peanuts....then he wanted like 45 to 90. for them individually...so watches as a thread is way cool. Always something new to learn about here, and thanks again. I think I have a few Heer watches that are like new and work from the Germans...they have a H...and some numbers and maybe another letter, like a D...but its been years since I have looked at them..., and in WW1 many Americans took small pocket watches and had strap holders soldered to the frame on each side to put a watch strap on...still see a few for sale occasionally in estates , but at the time they didn't make many mens wrist watches yet, so many were conversions ....and even saw one with a special cut out nickled crystal protector .
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Old 03-17-2014, 03:24 PM   #17
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well its been ages since I posted here...but thought I should add this, this was the watch Jerry Weaver was wearing when he was mistakenly shot by a Vietnamese guard on the perimeter.



Jerry "Charlie" Weaver (he got his nickname from Charley Weaver a comic character) was a Special Forces veteran that served two tours in Vietnam and was killed on 16 July, 1970 at camp A-236 (Bu Prang) while patrolling the camp perimeter, and in the ultimate tragedy by a sleepy ARVN Guard. Prior to assignment at Camp A-236, he was with 1st Special Forces Group and TDY’d to FOB-3 at Khe Sahn (where the bulk of the pictures in his album are from), (Command and Control North MACV-SOG) on a Snakebite Team and served on a Hatchet Force. This vet is listed in Sherman’s Who Who in SOG on page 132. Some of his awards include: US and Philippine Jump Wings, Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medals, Vietnamese Gross of Gallantry w/ Palm, PUB, and Navy PUC.
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:54 PM   #18
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The Waltham wrist compass is post-war.
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:53 PM   #19
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"The Waltham wrist compass is post-war. "

OK mister-know-it-all, tell the class WHY it is post war.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:20 PM   #20
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I know I would like to know why it is post-war.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:13 PM   #21
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Paul
Serious stuff .

I don't collect this stuff ......
But it's classy


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Old 03-18-2014, 05:09 AM   #22
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I agree, that's a fabulous piece Paul, thank you for sharing It with us!

As regards the compass It came out of a 72 dated SEEK kit so I don't think It's post war. It Is mint and the lume Is still very green but that's due to light not getting to It. These compasses have been In survival kits since WW2 with the earlier examples being marked "Waltham" and the later ones like this.

Any Info you have on them would be very Interesting though should you wish to share It with us.

Regards, Guy.
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:38 AM   #23
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Paul
Serious stuff .

I don't collect this stuff ......
But it's classy


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Old 03-18-2014, 11:51 AM   #24
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The compass looks like one I own that came on one of those 66 dated plastic throwaway watches.
Yes it's broken!!!!

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*crickets*

Typical..................
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:48 PM   #26
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Bushmaniac, you NEVER gave a reason as to why you said the wrist compass is post war, even after both myself and Bob wanted to know.

If you are going to make a statement like this you should at least back it up with some facts.
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Old 03-27-2014, 03:56 AM   #27
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I did a bit of digging and this Is what I found out;

The examples marked 'Waltham' and that carry the model number on the reverse are WW2 vintage. It seems that at some point after that the markings changed to 'W C Co' which on would assume stands for Waltham clock Company and then 'WCC' which I believe Is the last Incarnation and lasted until the early 70's.

It's odd because technically the Waltham clock Company ceased to exist In the corporate re-shuffle that formed the Waltham watch Company In 1925 and the Waltham watch company it's self went out of business in 1957 .

A modern example of the compass exists in virtually Identical form manufactured by Cammenga.

I realise none of the above helps In the slightest but thought I would share anyway Guy.
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Thanks Beau.
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:11 AM   #29
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Old 06-15-2014, 01:28 PM   #30
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Bushmaniac, you never supported your comment about the wrist compass being "post war". What happened?
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