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Date/Report Number …..011213.FNT5HY.04 Item:  1940 WWII FREE FRENCH PARKER DOCTORS WATCH
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1940 TO 1945 WWII FREE FRENCH PARKER DOCTOR/NURSE SWEEPS WRIST WATCH 27.7 X 30MM W/O CROWN WITH VINTAGE NOS HEAVY DUTY CONTRAST STITCHED DOUBLE PADDED BROWN LEATHER STRAP WITH 1939/1940 SWISS PARKER 10AN 41S [SWEEPS MODIFIED AS 984] MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT CONDITION MINT.

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $735.00


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1940 TO 1945
WWII
FREE FRENCH
PARKER
DOCTOR/NURSE
SWEEPS
WRIST WATCH

27.7 X 30MM
W/O CROWN

WITH

VINTAGE
NOS HEAVY DUTY
CONTRAST STITCHED
DOUBLE PADDED
BROWN LEATHER STRAP

WITH

1939/1940
SWISS PARKER
10AN 41S
[SWEEPS MODIFIED AS 984]
MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT

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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 .  EXTREME TEMPERATURES AND THE ROUGE LEAVE DEPOSITS ON THE HANDS, FINGERS AND NAILS THAT ARE NEAR PERMANENT.  IT TAKES DAYS TO REMOVE THE ROUGE. IT DOES NOT TRANSFER TO WATCH CASES OR MOVEMENTS.


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WWII THE FREE FRENCH AND THIS PARKER WATCH

THIS IS A GREAT, WWII, FRENCH FREE FORCES, SPECIALLY DESIGNED,  PARKER SWEEPS SECONDS DOCTORS/NURSES WRIST WATCH.

ROCK PURCHASED THIS WWII PARKER FROM A FAVORITE EBAY VENDER FOR 79.00 PLUS SHIPPING. IT WAS ADVERTISED THAT IT WOULD "RUN", BUT WOULD STOP WITH NO SURE REASON OR CAUSE.

A COMPLETE REBUILDING OF THE PARKER 1OAN 41S SWEEP SECONDS MODIFIED AS 984 WITH NEW MAIN SPRING, OFF SET SECONDS WHEEL (PULLED FROM A GLYCINE MOVEMENT) AND HAIR SPRING DID THE TRICK .

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RARE AMONG IT'S RARE PEERS
LEFT TO RIGHT

BRIETLING TRIPLE REGISTER VALJOUX CHRONOGRAPH
PATEK 18K GOLD POCKET WATCH
IMPERIAL TRENCH WATCH
WAKMANN TRIPLE REGISTER VALJOUX CHRONOGRAPH
[MULTI-FUNCTION DAY -DATE-MONTH]

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1939-1945

THE FRENCH MILITARY & FREE FRENCH FORCE

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Flag of France

Standard of the Kingdom of France

Cross of Lorraine,symbol of Free French Forces.

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Free French Forces Adrian helmet with the Cross of Lorraine replacing the 1939-1940 French Republic "RF" emblem. Free French Naval ensign and French Naval Honour Jack. The French flag with the Cross of Lorraine, emblem of the Free French.

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FREE FRENCH WWII

France, along with the United Kingdom, was one of the first participants in World War II after declaring war on Germany following its invasion of Poland in 1939. After the Phoney War from 1939 to 1940, the Germans conducted a brilliant campaign in the Low Countries and, in the Battle of France, managed to inflict defeat on the Allied forces. France formally surrendered to Germany and Italy—who invaded in late campaign—on 25 June 1940, and a collaborationist government, the French State, was established. On 18 June 1940, as an answer to Pétain's own June 17 appeal to "cease the fight" and to obey him on the French national radio, Charles de Gaulle gave a memorable speech to the French people on the English speaking London emitting BBC Radio, telling them that "France has lost a battle, but France has not lost the war" (the battle of France and World War II respectively). De Gaulle did not recognize the legitimacy of the Vichy government and went on to found the Free France (La France Libre) as the true government of France.

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France and the United Kingdom were the first to declare war after Germany invaded Poland in 1939. In a lightening, successful campaign from the Low Countries to the  Battle of France, Germany inflicted defeat on the Allied forces [FRANCE-BRITIAN-BELGIUM].

France surrendered in June of 1940 and formed a collaborating government -- headed by  Pétain -- titled "The French State" and known as the Vichy government.

Right after the French Goververment surrender,Pétain went on French National Radio to appeal to units still battling the Germans to obey him and "cease the fight".

Within days of Pétain's speech, Charles de Gaulle, a French officer who would become a Free French Brigadier General and then French President after the war, with the backing of Winston Churchhill, gave what would become a historical speech to the French people on BBC Radio. De Gaulle focused on bolstering French pride by informing his fellow citizens that "France has lost a battle, but France has not lost the war".

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Once again, with backing of Winston Churchill, he formed both the Free France Government (La France Libre) and the Free French Forces [NOTE: PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT AND STALIN DID NOT HAVE ANY CONFIDENCE IN NOR DID THEY BACK DE GAUL- YET DE GAULE WOULD TRIUMPH.]

The Free French forces included soldiers rescued from Dunkirk as well as units of the Foreign Legion. Free French Generals recruited additional Free French forces from the French Colonial Empire. They chose French Nationals & Natives from tropical African colonies. French Algeria and Morocco supplied men from their native populations. Senegal in French West Africa provided conscripts. Even Tahitians were recruited and served with distinction.

With Allied success in the French Colonial strong-hold of North Africa, the Free French troop strength grew. De Gaulle rallied of the Army of Africa and pursued the fight against the Axis in multiple campaigns until the Free French Forces would have the opportunity to participate in the invasion of Italy and assist in the occupation of France and Germany.

In fact, the battles fought during WWII in Italy included *120,000 French Colonial Forces that made history and were, in many cases, the major difference in the defeat of the Germans in Italy. 1/4 of the forces died or were injured, 2000 went missing in action.  . 

Capitaine de corvette Thierry d'Argenlieu

Georges Thierry d'Argenlieu was a priest, diplomat and French Navy officer and important co-founder and leader in the Free French Goverment & Forces. Eventually he became an  admiral in charge of French Colonial Administration in Indochina.

It was  Georges Thierry d'Argenlieu who suggested the adoption of the Cross of Lorraine as a symbol of the Free French, both to recall the perseverance of Joan of Arc, whose symbol it had been, and as an answer to the Na-zi swas-tika.

In July 1940, Vice Admiral Émile Muselier, chief of the naval and air forces of the Free French, created the bow flag displaying the French colors with a red cross of Lorraine, and a cockade, which also featured the cross of Lorraine

On 23 October 1944, the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union officially recognized De Gaulle's Free French as the provisional government of France; which would become the Fourth Republic in 1946.

The French, both free and collaborating, had 1,250,000 troops in 10 divisions when the war ended in May of 1945. During the course of the war, French military losses totaled 212,000 dead, of which 92,000 were killed through the end of the EUROPEAN campaign of 1940, 58,000 from 1940 to 1945 in other campaigns, 24,000 lost while serving in the French resistance, and a further *38,000 lost while serving with the German Army.

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THIS
FREE FRENCH
PARKER
WRIST WATCH
WAS DESIGNED WITH A RARE
SWEEPS SECOND HAND

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IT IS THE ONLY MODEL WITH
CROSS OF LORAINE
AND
SWEEP SECOND HAND
WITH
OUTER NUMERAL MARKED
SECONDS CHAPTER RING

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THE NUMERALS ARE OUTLINED IN
BLACK
WITH
*RAISED RADIUM

*RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova

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THE BLACK STEEL
"MILITARY HANDS"
WERE
*RADIUM ILLUMINATED


*RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova

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NUMERALS

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova

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3 PART CASE IN EXTREMELY FINE CONDITION

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CHROMED BEZEL WITH CRYSTAL
CHROMED CENTER MOVEMENT CASE W/LUGS
STAINLESS STEEL CASE BACK

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CROWN IS ORIGINAL
AND
IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
CHROME PLATING IS DISCOLORED

 

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AS YOU CAN SEE
CROWN IS EXCELLENT
OUTSIDE OF COLORATION

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YOU CAN SEE THE COLOR DIFFERENCE
BUT RE-PLATING WOULD NOT LAST
IT IS PRETTY MUCH STILL SOLID

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THOUGH THE STRAP CAN BE CHANGED
[BE SURE YOU ASK BEFORE INVESTING]

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WE CHOSE A HEAVY DUTY
NOS

DOUBLE PADDED
CONTRAST STITCHED
BROWN LEATHER STRAP

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DOUBLE PADDED
WHITE CONTRAST STITCHED

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BROWN LEATHER STRAP


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STAINLESS BUCKLE

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CASE IS CHROME
OVER BASE

WITH

STAINLESS STEEL
CASE BACK


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NO TRENCH ART BUT SOME SERVICE MARKS

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AS 984


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MOVEMENT IS IN MINT CONDITION
NO SCRATCHES OR WORN AREAS
SEVEN JEWELS
SCREW BALANCE
SWISS BARS
COPPERED ALLOY WHEELS
NICKEL PLATED BRIDGES

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SIGNED
PARKER WATCH CO

10AN 41S
[AS 984]

Features
manual wind
sub second

Data
10.5'''
SEVEN 7 JEWELS
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 40h

 

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CENTER SWEEP

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 . The sweep second watch simply made the watch more than an instrument to "tell time"....

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 .

  THE DESIGN

So, what did Record and other manufacturers 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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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.

***sweep second hand
technically, "sweep" usually means rotating round without TICKS. In other words, smoothly rather than "ticking" by second round. In this write up, we are using sweep in a general way to better explain our history and science. It made no difference whether it was ticks or moves smooth, 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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CONDITION WATCH:
EXCELLENT  -  RUNS EXCELLENT 
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