Watches to wear with your flight jackets...

Kermit3D

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Here is a watch that I would love to own one day : The Longines "MAJETEK"

This watch was worn by Czech Air Force pilots who fought in the RAF during the Battle of Britain. It was commonly known as the "MAJETEK" because of the inscription engraved on their back "MAJETEK VOJENSKÉ PRÁVI" meaning "Property of the military aviation".
Here is a small summary of the history of this watch (which comes from this article in French)

"When on March 15, 1939, the German troops marched on Czechoslovakia, no resistance was opposed to them, as had been agreed in the Munich agreements (September 30, 1938) between the French and the English, on the one hand, and Hitler and Mussolini, on the other.
The German army then entered Czechoslovakia and annexed the Sudetenland (territories of German minorities in Bohemia-Moravia). Hitler rectifies, on his own, the country's borders while waiting to conquer it completely.
In the weeks that followed, thousands of Czech soldiers and pilots fled to France, whose rapid fall then led them to England, the last line of defense between democracy and fascism.
During this time, the Czech air force was seized and reused by the Luftwaffe, and Czechoslovak factories were converted to produce German engines and planes. The "MAJETEK" watches suffered the same fate and were confiscated only to end up on the wrists of the Axis pilots.
All? except those worn by die-hard escaped pilots who joined the ranks of the English RAF in June 1940.

The Czech president, then in exile in London, submitted a memorandum to the English government, urging it to let the Czech pilots participate in the air defense of England. The Czech pilots who had joined the RAF were experienced and thirsty for revenge while the British needed new recruits to fight the Nazi blitzkrieg and win the battle of Britain which was about to break out."










 

MikeyB-17

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Apollo 10’s Lunar Module was called Snoopy, and the Command/service module was called Charlie Brown. Charles Schulz was a big supporter of the space programme, and allowed them to use Snoopy’s likeness for their safety award for free, including drawing the Snoopy the astronaut image.
 

Micawber

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Anyone know where i can find a good budget A-11? My brick on my wrist is uncomfortable with my A-2 on and ruins the cuff.

Cheap as chips...


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Search for something like an Aeromatic A1337 like this https://longislandwatch.com/aeromatic-a1337-watch-a1337/

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If you want something vintage but can't stretch to an original A-11 hack try searching for a WW2 Ordnance Dept watch as these can still be picked up at a reasonable price if you have patience. They are the same size more or less as an A-11 but have differences in the movement and face.
 

B-Man2

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So I just picked this one up . It’s an older Omega that I think may be from the late 1940s to early 1950s era. But honestly I don’t know much about watches so if anyone can nail this down a little better please post what you think it is . Thanks :) Edit : I did open the case and it looks to be entirely omega stamped parts .
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Kermit3D

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So I just picked this one up . It’s an older Omega that I think may be from the late 1940s to early 1950s era. But honestly I don’t know much about watches so if anyone can nail this down a little better please post what you think it is . Thanks :) Edit : I did open the case and it looks to be entirely omega stamped parts .
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It is not a Kriegsmarine watch either :D.
 

Kermit3D

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On a more serious note, I don't know much about it either... but I like to play guessing games.
I would say 40's, the luminous hands, if they are original would suggest a military use... but the total absence of marking on the case would suggest a non-military use. :)
 

Kermit3D

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I found this Cyma dated 1942 which has a very similar dial :




https://community.hodinkee.com/watches/1825

What is interesting is that this Cyma is described as a "6B/159" type watch.
As far as I know the "6B/159" watches were issued to RAF navigators and pilots during the Second World War.
This seems too good to be true.... but ? :rolleyes:
If it was really a military watch, it seems to me that it should have an inscription of this type on the back of the case :



Again I'm not a specialist and I'm just guessing.
Maybe @Pilot or @Enigma1938 or someone else could tell you more ?
 
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