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Date/Report Number …..040612.FN698HY.04Item:  1942-WWII-PIERCE-PARASHOCK-24-HR- DIAL-1942-MILITARY-WATCH
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1942 WWII PIERCE PARASHOCK 24 HR DIAL 1942 MILITARY SWEEP SECONDS HACK [SUB-SECOND INTO SWEEP SECONDS] WITH WATERPROOF SHOCKPROOF MANUAL WIND 15 JEWEL MOVEMENT AND 6 SCREW DOUBLE CASE WITH BLACK NATO BALLISTIC NYLON STRAP WITH KEEPERS 32 x 38 MM W/O CROWN

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $699.00


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READY TO WEAR
SERVICED
RESTORED
OVERHAULED

1942
WWII
PIERCE
PARASHOCK
24 HR DIAL
1942
MILITARY SWEEP
SECONDS HACK
[SUB-SECOND INTO SWEEP SECONDS]

WITH

WATERPROOF
SHOCKPROOF
MANUAL WIND
15 JEWEL
MOVEMENT

AND

6 SCREW
DOUBLE CASE

WITH

BLACK NATO
BALLISTIC NYLON STRAP
WITH
KEEPERS

32 x 38 MM
W/O CROWN

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WWII
CENTER SWEEP


Prior to WWII, most watches had a sub-second register above the #6 position. This design failed to allow precision seconds timing. The sub-second style dial, with a tiny second hand rotating around a tiny seconds register at the 6 position, was difficult to utilize for timing events. In most cases it was ignored. On the other hand, a sweep second hand could be used to time events, mark events, and was easier to read .

By 1942, the sweep second hand watch had became "the" watch. Two of the major reasons were the Government issued U.S.A. A-11 hacking sweep seconds pilots watch and the sweep seconds watches in demand by Doctors, Medics and Nurses and other professionals.. The sweep second watch simply made the watch more than an instrument to "tell time"....

THE DESIGN

So, what did Pierce and others do?

Did they re-tool and re-design new movements? NO!

They simply placed a hollow canon pinion that allowed a wheeled center shaft to protrude through the dial, mounted a second hand to it, and ran the combo with the very sub-seconds wheel they were eliminating...

 

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gsw/mwb/gsww archive photo demonstrating hacked sweep seconds

 

Instead of the drive train turning the dial protruding shaft/pinion at 6 position connected to the tiny second hand, they mounted a large brass/alloy wheel on the opposite side of the shaft that now protruded through the bridge. That wheel turned a wheel on top of a NEW center "shaft' held in position be a new this jeweled bridge that went through a new HOLLOW center cannon pinion in the center of the movement that then protruded through the center of the dial where a new long sweep second hand attached;  the idea being that one had a large second hand that went round in tune with the movement and the chapter ring so one could count, time & now even synchronize.

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READ FURTHER DOWN ON WHY THIS BEAUTY HAS THE GREATEST
MOVEMENT SHOCK ABSORBER SYSTEM


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ANOTHER FANTASTIC

PIERCE
PARASHOCK
RESTORATION

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GOLD OUTLINED
RAISED ILLUMINATED
NUMERALS

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova

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BLACK LEAF
STEEL HANDS
WITH
LUME CENTERS
&
RED SECONDS

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova

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GOLD CHAPTER RING
WITH
HASHED & MARKED
SECONDS
&
24 HR MILITARY TIME

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CASE IS IN OVERALL
GREAT CONDITION

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ATTACHED IS AN AWESOME
NATO BALLISTIC NYLON
[THICKER THAN THE NORMAL NYLON G-18]
MILITARY STRAP
WITH KEEPERS

STRAP FITS
UP TO SIZE NINE
(9)

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KEEPERS ARE HEAVY DUTY
LIKE THIS COMFORTABLE
NATO STRAP

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SUPER NICE TIME PIECE
AND
THE STRAP SEEMS
TO BE MADE FOR
THIS
AWESOME
PIERCE PARASHOCK

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LUMES IS
PERFECT AND FULL

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova

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PATENTED CASE BACK
[ U.S.A. &  SWITZERLAND ]
HAS 6 SCREWS
WITH
ALUMINUM GASKET

THIS REMAINS ONE OF THE
COOLEST CASE BACKS
ESPECIALLY
FROM
THE
1930'S-40'S

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CASE BACK REMOVED

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ALUMINUM SEAL
WE HEAT THESE
TO EXPAND THEM
&
RE-UTILIZE THEM


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THE PIERCE PARASHOCK
UTILIZES
LARGE GOLD JEWEL HOLDERS
A "PARASHOCK" SYSTEM
[INCABLOC ]
TO PROTECT THE BALANCE
AND
A VERY UNIQUE
MOVEMENT HOLD-DOWN SYSTEM

THERE ARE NO SCREWS
METAL HOLD-DOWNS
OR ANY TYPE OF
STANDARD MOVEMENT HOLDER

WHEN THE MOVEMENT IS FITTED INTO THE CASE
THE DIAL POSITIONS AND CENTERS
THE MOVEMENT
WITH SPACE ON ALL SIDES

THE STEM WITH CROWN IS
PLACED INTO THE MOVEMENT
AND LOCKED DOWN

THE CASE BACK IS THEN SCREWED DOWN

AND WHAT HOLDS THE MOVEMENT

A UNIQUE STEEL SPRING SYSTEM

WHEN THE CASE BACK IS TIGHTENED
THE CASE BACK CONTACTS THIS SPRING STEEL
WHICH HOLDS THE MOVEMENT
YET
WHILE HOLDING THE MOVEMENT IN THE CASE
IT ALSO ALLOWS FOR MOVEMENT
IN THE EVENT THE WATCH IS DROPPED


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1942
PIERCE
ECLIPSE
CALBRE 103
SWISS STYLE BARS
FIFTEEN JEWEL
SHOCK PROTECTED

Features
manual wind
sub second
shock protected
antimagnetic

Data
10.5 / 11.5'''
Dm= 23.3mm
Do=Dm= 25.5mm
H= 4.3mm
15 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 40h

 


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CONDITION WATCH:
EXCELLENT  -  RUNS EXCELLENT 
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