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WALTHAM INVERTED ILLUMINATED MILITARY DIALED 8 DAY CLOCK

Published on: October 31, 2013

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READY TO WEAR

OVERHAULED RESTORED LARGE VINTAGE 1925 WALTHAM
INVERTED ILLUMINATED MILITARY DIALED 8 DAY CLOCK

WITH

1925/1935

MILITARY MAPPING GAUGE WITH MAGNIFIER &
COMPASS

WITH

1925/1935

TARA SPORT TWO BUTTON STOP/CHRONO WATCH WRIST
WATCH

IN A

MILITARY WATCH BOX™

WITH

ONLINE APPRAISAL WITH INFO TO INSURE   WITH ONE YEAR LIMITED
WARRANTY FOR 8 DAY WALTHAM

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SERIOUS BUFFING AT HIGH HEAT & PRESSURE IS
REQUIRED TO RESTORE

 

 

WATCH CASES. THIS RIGOROUS PROCESS INCLUDES THE USE OF SEVERAL
TYPES OF ROUGE . ONE HAS TO “FEEL” THE PIECE TO GET IT RIGHT. THAT MEANS USING
MY HANDS. WHEN YOU COMBINE THE EXTREME TEMPERATURES AND THE ROUGE, THE DEPOSITS ON MY
HANDS ARE SEMI-PERMANENT. IT TAKES DAYS TO GET THE ROUGE OUT OF MY HANDS. SO, IF THE PICS
OF MY HANDS LOOK “DIRTY”, KNOW IT IS DUE TO THE MY HANDS ABSORBING WHAT YOU DO
NOT WANT ON YOUR AWESOME RESTORED TIME PIECE! HAVE A GREAT DAY!.


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PHOTOS ABOVE ARE DEMONSTRATIONS OF
ROCK’S DAILY WORKS

THE PHOTO TO LEFT IS A DIAL RESTORE FOR A VINTAGE OMEGA PHOTO IN
CENTER IS AN ALPINA TOTAL RESTORE PHOTO TO THE RIGHT IS AN ELGIN REVERSE INVERTED DIAL

WWI-1919-DRIVERS-AIRCORP-MILITARY–REVERSE/

INVERTED-DIAL-POCKET/CAR/PLANE-WATCH

INVERTED dials were originally developed to enable
owners of cars, trucks and airplanes/areoplanes to convert pocket watches into dash
clocks.

The inverted dial positioned the winding stem at the
bottom, making is convenient to wind, and to some what protect the watch from soil, dirt
water.

Those watches with sub-seconds would mean the
register would be at the top making it easier to view more precisely and time more
precisely.

By 1908, speedometer companies were producing and
marketing clocks as after-market accessories.

In 1911 the first dash board Chronograph was
patented by Heuer. It had it’s crown UP.

Between In 1912- 1925, Phinney-Walker and Waltham
made available car clocks that wound from the front rim of the clock and eight day clocks.
with winding from bottom. [ Jaeger & Waltham made eight day watches with inverted
dials].

USAGE

During its day, the reverse/inverted dial was
popular among military personal, private drivers, pilots, race car drivers, and many
others who required an easy access dash mounted watch/clock device .

MILITARY

I have seen WWI photos of men wearing ELGIN
reverse/inverted dial pocket watches on LANYARDS around their necks. And I have overhauled
several ELGIN 15j inverted dial pocket watches with long loop-over-loop leather “belt
fob”s. I have worked on some Japanese and German inverted dial military pocket
watches; including two Japanese ELGINS! And Waltham was extremely popular in Japan since
1914.

AIRCRAFT

Following World War I, the United States was swamped
with aviators who invested in war-surplus aircraft. These flyers earned income with
barnstorming campaigns and by performing aerobatic maneuvers at events. Many of these
flyers would EVENTUALLY join various commercial ventures.

In 1918, the United States Postal Service received
financing from Congress to begin experimenting with air mail service using Curtiss Jenny
aircraft procured by the United States Army Air Service. And in 1919 Chalk’s International
Airlines began a service between Miami and Bimini in the Bahamas.

CONCLUSION

THIS BEAUTY IS A DATED 1925/1926 WALTHAM 8 DAY WITH
INVERTED AND ILLUMINATED DIAL. WITH SCREW DOWN BEZEL AND SNAP BACK CASE. NEW GLASS CRYSTAL
AND TOTAL AWESOME RESTORE. DIAL WAS NOT REFINISHED BUT WAS RE-ILLUMINATED AND TOUCHED UP.
HANDS RESTORED. MOVEMENT SERVICED AND CASE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE.



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AWESOME

MILITARY 24 HR DIAL WITH RAISED ILLUMINATED NUMERALS

RE-ILLUMINATED WITH AF-LUMINOVA HIGH-PERFORMANCE
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RE-LUMED

MILITARY CATHEDRAL HANDS

RE-ILLUMINATED

WITH AF-LUMINOVA HIGH-PERFORMANCE PHOSPHORESCENT
PIGMENT

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WOW

  RE-ILLUMINATED WITH AF-LUMINOVA HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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CASE BACK SUPER

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NOTICE THE SLOT BETWEEN

THE SNAP ON CASE BACK AND THE SCREW DOWN BEZEL

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A BETTER PICTURE OF THE GROOVE

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NEW ORIGINAL GLASS CRYSTAL

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RE-ILLUMINATED

WITH AF-Luminova

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SOME RESTORE PICS

NOTE

I TOOK PICTURES OF THE AWESOME DUAL MAINSPRING 8 DAY MOVEMENT
DURING THE INSPECTION AND CLEANING A FEW WEEKS AGO . THEN JULES BOREL SENT THE BEZEL BACK
AFTER FITTING AN ORIGINAL THICK GLASS CRYSTAL AND I PROCEEDED TO COMPLETE THE RESTORATION.
BUT TODAY I SEARCHED 60,000 PHOTOS TRYING TO FIND THEM TO NO AVAIL. THE 8 DAY MOVEMENT IS
PRETTY COOL. WHEN I FIND THEM I MAY UPDATE.

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THERE IS A CHANNEL BETWEEN THE SCREW DOWN BEZEL

AND CASE BACK. THIS WAS USED FOR ATTACHING WATCH TO DASH OF CAR,
TRUCK, AIRPLANE OR BOAT. I USED THE CHANNEL TO FIT A 6 GRAM SILVER WIRE TO ATTACH TO
MILITARY WATCH BOX. THOUGH A MOUNT COULD BE FABRICATED IF YOU WANTED TO MOUNT TO VINTAGE
CAR, TRUCK, PLANE OR BOAT.

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HERE MOST OF THE OLD RADIUM

WAS REMOVED

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HERE NEW LUMINOVA IS ADDED

RE-ILLUMINATED

WITH AF-Luminova

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AFTER NEW LUMINOVA IS ADDED

A STRAIGHT EDGE RAZOR IS USED TO FINALIZE THE
FINISH

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HERE NEW LUMINOVA IS ADDED

RE-ILLUMINATED

WITH AF-Luminova

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HERE THE CASE MINUS MOVEMENT & CRYSTAL WILL BE HAND DETAILED
AND THEN ELECTRO CLEANED

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ELECTRO CLEANED

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CLEANED AND READY

FOR BUFFING

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AFTER BUFFING

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MOVEMENT WAS

COMPLETED LAST WEEK

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25 MIL SERIAL PLACES

THIS 8 DAY IN 1925 – 1926

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THERE ARE TWO

HUGE MAINSPRING BARRELS THEY BOTH TURN INTO CENTER AND OUPUT FROM
CENTER

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DIAL MOUNTED

THEN MOVEMENT PLACED IN CASE

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FLUSH TO CASE

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THREE SCREWS LOCK IT IN

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CASE BACK SNAPED ON

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NEW OLD GLASS CRYSTAL

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CRYSTAL MOUNTED

ON SCREW DOWN BEZEL

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CONDITION WATCH: MINTY CONDITION – RUNS, SETS,
WINDS EXCELLENT *****************************

MINTY MEANS VERY CLOSE TO MINT

MINT MEANS LIKE BRAND NEW

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MAPPING GAUGE

WITH MAGNIFIER & COMPASS FULLY WORKING  

THIS IS THE WORKING COMPASS SIDE

THIS IS THE MAPPING SIDE

ASSEMBLED

ASSEMBLED

INCHES/MILES

CENTIMETERS/KILOMETERS

COMPASS WORKS PERFECTLY

HARD TO GET SHOT OF MAGNIFIER

IT IS CLEAR AND WORKS PERFECTLY

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CONDITION MAPPING GAUGE EXCELLENT CONDITION –
OPERATES EXCELLENT *****************************

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THIS IS A PIN LEVER WRIST STOP WATCH BUTTON ON BOTTOM STOPS
SECOND HAND BUTTON ON TOP BUTTON START SECOND HAND WATCH WORKS WINDS, SETS & RUNS
GREAT BUTTONS STOP AND START THE SECOND HAND WATCH HAS FINISH WEAR BUT LOOKS VERY NICE IN
PERSON DIAL IS ALSO IN GREAT SHAPE AS ARE THE HANDS

 

THIS WATCH IS ALL ORIGINAL

THE MOVEMENT HAS BEEN INSPECTED & OILED

ALL PARTS OPERATE AS THEY PERFORMED WHEN MADE

IT RUNS FINE AND WORKS AS IT SHOULD  

BUT

DUE TO THE FACT IT IS AN INEXPENSIVE PIN SET LEVER WE ONLY
PROVIDE BASIC WARRANTY. IF PARTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE THEN WE CANNOT REPAIR IT. ALSO YOU CAN
WEAR THIS TARA SPORT CHRONO WATCH. BUT IT IS NOT AN EVERY DAY WEAR WATCH. WE CHOSE THIS
TARA SPORT WRIST WATCH DUE TO ITS TIME LINE COLLECT-ABILITY & IT MAKES A GREAT
ADDITION TO THE 8 DAY CLOCK & MAPPING GAUGE THE TARA SPORT SELLS FOR 50 TO 200.00 FOR
A FULLY WORKING VERSION LIKE THIS TARA SPORT . 

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CONDITION WATCH: GOOD CONDITION – RUNS EXCELLENT
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WHITE SHEET IS WHERE GLOSSY PHOTO PAPER

HISTORY OF THREE PIECES WILL BE

FULL HISTORY WILL BE IN YOUR ONLINE APPRAISAL

  

 

BUNGEE HOLDS WATCH & MAP GAUGE

6 GRAM PURE SILVER WIRE & BUNGEE HOLD 8 DAY
CLOCK

VERY SIMPLE TO OPEN CASE AND REMOVE

ITEMS TO SHOW OR WEAR AND TO INSTALL THEM FOR
VIEWING

  

TOP SECTION

  

  

CUSTOM WING NUT LOCK SCREWS

SO YOU MAY OPEN CASE   

  

BUNGEE CORD FOR HOLD DOWNS

 

   

STEEL WIRE PLACED TO SHOW MOUNTING CHANNEL

 

  

HEAVY PURE SILVER WIRE FOR

FABRICATING HOLD DOWN   

  

ROCKS FABRICATION STATION

  

  

WIRE CUT INTO PIECES AND WELDED

  

  

WELD IS PERFECT

  

  

LOCK DOWN COMPLETED

  

D

  

PICKELED & POLISHED

  

  

FITTED TO CHANNEL

  

  

PERFECT

THREE HOLES DRILLED

END OF SILVER HOLD IN ONE BUNGEE IN TWO & THREE BUNGEE HOLDS
DOWN BENT END OF SILVER IN HOLE KEEPS UNIT FROM SLIDING

BOTTOM OF WATCH/CLOCK HAS BUNGEE CORD

  

  

TO REMOVE

LIFT SILVER HOLD DOWN UP LIFE WATCH FORWARD LIFT LOWER BUNGEE OFF
CROWN TUBE

INSTALL OPPOSITE

  

 

 

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