A Concise Guide to Military Timepieces 1880 - 1990

Author: Z.M. Weselowski


192 pages, illustrated

This is the first illustrated guide devoted specifically to the highly collectable field of military watches and clocks. The author, an experienced collector, offers here 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. Each description includes a guide to current price ranges; and the book includes an illustrated guide to some 160 identification markings to be found on the military timepieces of the above nations, plus Spain, Sweden, Austro-Hungary, Poland, China, Chile and Peru.

Fascinating examples illustrated in these pages include the watches issued to 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 the 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, and of the Allied anti-submarine destroyers and corvettes which scouted the wartime Atlantic for the 'wolf-packs'; watches issues to Luftwaffe aircrews in the Battle of Britain, and the RAF and USAAF flyers who carried the air war back over the Third Reich; 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; and the watches issued to today's jet fighter pilots, nuclear submarine crews, and Special Forces.

This book will be an invaluable reference for 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.