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Date/Report Number …..011313.FN21HY.04 Item:  1952 1ST VIETNAM WAR KOREA WAR ERA STAINLESS STEEL HELVETIA
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1952 1ST VIETNAM WAR KOREA WAR ERA STAINLESS STEEL HELVETIA

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $620.00


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VINTAGE
1952
1ST VIETNAM WAR
KOREA WAR ERA
STAINLESS STEEL
HELVETIA
THE FIRST USE OF VIETNAM WAR ERA
NEW MILITARY  STYLE HANDS


30 x 38
mm
W/O
CROWN

AND
OIL TANNED SUEDE LIGHT BROWN/TAN
VINTAGE CHRONO STYLE WATCH STRAP

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Helvetia, General Watch Co, Bienne, Reconvilier, Tramelan, Vienna

1880: Foundation of La Generale Watch Co / General Watch Co by the company Louis Brandt & Fils (Omega) for manufacturing cylinder watches and genuine Helvetia calibres with enhanced quality lever movements.

1885: Transfer of the trade mark Helvetia from Louis Brandt & Fils to the new La Generale Watch Co.

1968: Acquisition of the movement factory Helvetia SA in Reconvilier by the SGT. (Societe des Garde-Temps SA). The watch factory Montres Helvetia SA in Bienne remained independent.

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BRITISH BRITISH
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BRITISH BRITISH
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GENERAL SERVICE
TEMPORARY PATTERN

In 1939, with war on the horizon, the British War Department realized they required time pieces. With no plans and knowing that a shortage of watches would surely occur, they quickly purchased watches from numerous Swiss watch makers and retailers. Each watch had to have 15 jewels, luminous black or white dial, and subsidiary seconds dial. Most were snap backs though there were higher grades with screw backs.Most of these pocket watches were titled "General Service" time pieces and    classified as "Temporary Pattern". Thus they were stamped "GSTP".

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THE ABOVE 1942 ADVERT FOR GRUEN SHOWS EIGHT
SPECIFIC MODELS FOR EIGHT SPECIFIC BRANCHES OF
THE US ARMED/DEFENSE FORCES .

These GSTP watches would become the work horse of the military. From Radio operators to drivers, they fulfilled the requirements of keeping time through out the war. Note: at the conclusion of the hostilities, most of the watches purchased by the various Government Buyers were destroyed due to a deal with suppliers. The suppliers had sold these watches at a discount and they did not want the market flooded at the wars conclusion with "surplus military watches". Note 2: At the conclusion of the war Field Marshal Montgomery would visit a watch company to thank them for their war time effort -no pun intended.

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THE ABOVE PICTURE IS FROM 1914. IT SHOWS THE SALE OF ARMY TRENCH WRIST WATCHES AND KICHENER LEATHER MILITARY STRAPS. IT IS PHOTOS LIKE THIS ONE THAT DEMONSTRATE THAT MORE MILITARY DESIGNED WATCHES WERE MADE AND SOLD DIRECTLY TO CIVILIAN AND MILITARY PERSONAL THAN THOSE ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

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THE ALL STEEL CASE IS A LIFE SAVER
BLACK DIAL
MINUTE HASHED SECONDS/MINUTES CHAPTER
RAISED ILLUMINATED NUMERALS

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NOTE THAT THESE HANDS ARE FACTORY
ROCK INVESTED IN TWO HELVETIA WATCHES
BOTH HAD THESE AS FACTORY
THEY WILL SHOW UP ON
MILLIONS OF GOVERNMENT VIETNAM ISSUED WATCHES

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THE CROWN IS LARGE MILITARY STYLE
THE STEM TUBE DEEP

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ROCKED KICKED IT UP
NOTE THE STEEL CASE FINISH

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ROCKED KICKED IT UP
NOTE THE STEEL CASE FINISH

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

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THE CROWN SITE 2 MM MAKING THE SETTING EASIER

IT IS A LONG TUBE THAT IT SITS ON

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DEFINITIVELY MILITARY

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STRAP IS VERY NICE BUT

IF YOU DESIRE A DIFFERENT STRAP
PLEASE CONTACT BEFORE YOU INVEST
OR IF YOU WANT AN ADDITIONAL STRAP
LIKE THE ONE ABOVE
PLEASE CONTACT BEFORE YOU INVEST

 

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STRAP IS VERY NICE BUT

IF YOU DESIRE A DIFFERENT STRAP
PLEASE CONTACT BEFORE YOU INVEST
OR IF YOU WANT AN ADDITIONAL STRAP
LIKE THE ONE ABOVE
PLEASE CONTACT BEFORE YOU INVEST

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STRAP IS VERY NICE BUT

IF YOU DESIRE A DIFFERENT STRAP
PLEASE CONTACT BEFORE YOU INVEST
OR IF YOU WANT AN ADDITIONAL STRAP
LIKE THE ONE ABOVE
PLEASE CONTACT BEFORE YOU INVEST


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CASE BACK WAS SCRATCHED SO MUCH AND DEEP
THE INTEGRITY OF CASE BACK IS 95%

BUT IF ROCK TOOK OUT WHAT REMAINS
IT WOULD BE 60% BY THE TIME SANDING WAS DONE

SO DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY

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

 

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

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HELVETIA SIGNED

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HELVETIA SIGNED

Helvetia 800C
1949

Features
manual wind
sweep second

Data
11.5''', Dm= 25.55mm
H= 4.95mm
17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 40h

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME

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