Japanese WW2 Military Timepieces
IT IS difficult for a European collector to deal with a topic such as this. First, there is a dearth of historical artefacts and collector’s pieces in Europe relating to this era. Second, the Japanese script, and the country’s cultural background, is so different to that of Europe.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to explain how the Japanese Army and Navy acquired and distributed the timepieces in question, as Japanese air power was just a component of the Army and Navy. It is also not possible to properly outline the origins of these watches in this article. For example, it is difficult to know just how much they were copied from Swiss models. From 1920s onwards, Japan was working to develop navigational timepieces of its own. However all prototypes were destroyed by fire as this process was still ongoing. This meant that the model built along the lines of Ulysse Nardin’s chronometer became the most important and predominant model to be used by the Japanese.
It has long been recognized that timekeeping plays an important role in both military and civilian life. Countries such as England, America, Germany and Japan had their own military timepieces, all … Continue reading...