Waltham A-11 Navigation (Hack) Watch AN 05-35A-8

Type A-11 Navigation (Hack) Watch, No. 10616 manufactured to Specification No. 94-27834-B by the Waltham Watch Company, Waltham, Massachusetts.

The type A-11 navigation (hack) watch (see figure 1), consists of a waterproof, chromium plated brass case with one piece center and bezel, fitted with a round unbreakable crystal, stainless steel threaded back and waterproof winding crown, containing a 6/9-size, 16-jewel grade center second movement.

On a latter mode (see figure 2), the waterproof case has been substituted with a dustproof, three piece type consisting of a chromium plated brass center and threaded bezel, fitted with a round unbreakable crystal, stainless threaded back and waterproof winding crown.

Figure 1

Figure 2

A waterproof wrist strap is attached to the case by means of removable spring bars.

The hands, numerals and graduations are painted white, and the dial has a durable dull black surface. The dial is graduated into 12 hours, corresponding with one revolution of the hour hand. One revolution of the minute hand equals one-hour, and one revolution of the center second hand equals one minute.

  1. Winding.

The winding of the watch is accomplished by rotating the winding crown in a clockwise direction. It should be fully … Continue reading...

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Fredonia Watch Co; Fredonia, New York – 1883-1885

Formerly the Independent Watch Co. Some new machinery installed, but sales of the watch lagged very badly. In the fall of 1885 the machinery was moved to Peoria, Illinois, and a new company formed.
It was called the “Peoria Watch Co“. Watches made by this company are collector’s items.

Fredonia only produced about 20,000 watches before being sold to the Peoria Watch Company in 1885. All watches produced were 18-size, and ranged from 7 to 15 jewel.

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A History of USA Military Wristwatches WW2

To the World War II vet this may be a Hamilton, to the Vietnam vet it’s a plastic Benrus, and to the soldiers in the sandbox it’s anything from a Marathon to a Casio G-Shock. While many of the pieces are military specified, others are commercial watches favored by fighting men and women. What is a military specified timepiece? Essentially it’s a United States Defense standard, often called a military standard and abbreviated MIL-STD, MIL-SPEC or (informally) MilSpecs. These are used to help achieve standardization objectives by the U.S. Department of Defense. Standardization helps ensure that products meet certain requirements, commonality, reliability, total cost of ownership and compatibility with logistics systems. The military has been “specifying” equipment standards for well over a century. Virtually any company can make a product that conforms to published military specifications; however, there’s a difference between military spec and military issued. A military issued product is one that has been selected and awarded a contract for manufacture by the Department of Defense and becomes a line item on a government budget. Many commercially available watches conform to MIL-SPEC and may even appear in combat, but were never procured by the government. With MIL-PRF (Military Performance … Continue reading...

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