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Date/Report Number …..072811.LC-R72 VIETNAM ERA 1966/1967 ELGIN ALL STAINLESS STEEL DATER  SELF-WINDING RADIUM DIALED DIVE WATCH
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VINTAGE 1966/1967 ELGIN ALL STAINLESS STEEL DATER  SELF-WINDING RADIUM DIALED DIVE WATCH WITH ELGIN MODIFIED [ELGIN 923] ETA 2369 [1959-1967] WATCH SIZE IS 28 mm X 35 mm W/O Crown ATTACHED TO A DESERT TAN NATO-STYLE G-18 NYLON MILITARY  STRAP WITH KEEPERS. THIS ELGIN HAS AN ALL STAINLESS STEELCASE IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH STAINLESS STEEL SCREW DOWN CASE BACK. THE DIAL IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH DECAYED RADIUM MARKERS CONTRASTING THE THE SILVER AND BLACK OF THE DIAL, HANDS AND MARKERS FRAMED BY A ROTATING BLACK & SILVER DIVE BEZEL. THE ORIGINAL CRYSTAL HAS A REVERSE CYCLOPS DATE WINDOW. DIAL IS SIGNED SELF-WINDING ELGIN WATERPROOF. CASE BACK ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH COMPANY SWISS 3996 MRP. THE ELG 923 MOVEMENT FEATURES 17 JL- DSS- AUTO- CALENDAR-SHOCK 7 3/4 L 70/120/20. [MODIGIED ETA 2369]  Features automatic sweep second incablock date: set by changing 21-24h Data 7.75''', Dm= 17.2mm H= 5.65mm 17 jewels f = 18000 A/h power reserve 38h. CONDITION IS EXCELLENT.

Estimated Retail Replacement Value $550.00 WITH STRAP


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AWESOME

THE FIRST AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCH

The modern scuba diving watch was introduced to the public in 1954 at the annual watch trade show in Basel, Switzerland; With existing contracts with the Air Forces and Army,  the US Navy entered into an agreement with the Bulova Watch Company, and it's Bulova Research and Development Laboratories, to develop and manufacture a new dive watch.

THE 1964 BULOVA 666 MODEL LAUNCHED ALL FUTURE LINES AND MODELS OF THE FAMOUS NAVY MILITARY DIVE WATCHES DURING VIETNAM WAR AND ALL FUTURE BULOVA 333 FEET AND 666 FEET DIVE WATCHES.

ADDITIONALLY, THE FIRST OFFICIAL US MILITARY DIVER WATCH WAS IS THE RESULT OF THREE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS FROM 1958,TO 1961, [MIL-W-3181 / MIL-W-22176 / MIL-W-22176A].

IT WAS IN 1961 THAT BULOVA, UNDER US NAVY CONTRACT TO PERFECT THE FIRST AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCH WITH PLEXIGLAS CRYSTAL, WAS FINALLY SUCCESSFUL AND IT PASSED ALL GOVERNMENT TESTS INCLUDING DIVING TO 392 FEET.

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WHILE STILL IN DEVELOPMENT, IN 1963, BULOVA DROPPED THEIR CONTRACT & THE CONTRACT WAS TAKEN OVER BY BLANCPAIN, WHO PRODUCED THE  TR-900 DIVE WATCH.

THE  TR-900 DIVE MATCHED MUCH OF THE SPECS, CASING  AND OTHER DESIGNS OF BULOVA' FINAL VERSION, INCLUDING THE VERY LOOK AND DESIGN DOWN TO THE RADIUM MARKERS, BEZEL AND BEZEL INSERT.

ABOUT 1000 TR-900'S WOULD BE PRODUCED UNDER TWO CONTRACTS FOR THE NAVY DURING 1964 & 1965 AND ISSUED TO NAVY UDT FROGMAN TEAMS AND MARINE RECON UNITS DURING THE VIETNAM WAR.

AROUND THE SAME TIME, BULOVA RELEASED THEIR PLEXIGLAS AUTOMATIC 666 DIVE WATCH FOR COMMERCIAL SALES AND WERES AVAILABLE AT MILITARY PX.

IT IS IN THIS TIME FRAME THAT ELGIN PRODUCED THEIR FIRST AUTOMATIC WATER PROOF, ALL STEEL DIVE WATCH WITH RADIUM MARKERS.

WHICH MAKES THE ELGIN MODEL BELOW A RARE TIME PIECE..

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