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Date/Report Number …..070113.LWWBPW Item  VINTAGE "LANCET" BRANDED FREE FRENCH WWII WATCH.

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Description of item: VINTAGE "LANCET" BRANDED FREE FRENCH WWII WATCH.  32.50 X 38.10 W/O CROWN WITH FELCA Ca. AS 1187 17 JEWEL INCABLOC SWEEPS MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT WITH BROWN HAND MADE ITALIAN GENUINE LIZARD WATCH STRAP

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $695.00


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THIS 1953 LANCET UNUSUALLY LARGE FOR ERA
CASE SIZE 32.50 X 38.10 W/O CROWN
AND
LUGS 18MM

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VINTAGE
1939

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LANCET

"LANCET" BRANDED WATCHES HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED SINCE 1914
& WWI BY MANY DIFFERENT COMPANIES. THE AMAZING FACT IS
THAT FRENCH DESIGNATED LANCET WATCHES WERE POPULAR
IN THE LATER PORTION OF WWII THROUGH THE END OF THE
FRENCH PRESENCE IN 1955 INDOCHINA. IN THE PAST WE HAVE SECURED,
DIRECTLY, FRENCH  LANCET WATCHES FROM PRESENT DAY VIETNAM,
TURKEY, GREECE, ALGERIA, EGYPT AND LIBYA.

32.50 X 38.10
W/O CROWN

WITH

FELCA
Ca. AS 1187
17 JEWEL
INCABLOC
SWEEPS
MANUAL WIND
MOVEMENT

WITH

BROWN HAND MADE
ITALIAN GENUINE
LIZARD WATCH STRAP

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BELOW ARE OLD CANDIDATES


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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.

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 Italyƒ¢â€š¬â‚�who invaded in late campaignƒ¢â€š¬â‚�on 25 June 1940, and a collaborationist government, the French State, was established. On 18 June 1940, as an answer to Pƒ’‚©tain'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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THIS DIAL WAS NOT AN IMAGINATION
AT LEAST A MODERN ONE
IT IS AN    EXACT RESTORE TO AS FOUND
1950'S
MILITARY DOCTOR NURSE MEDIC
CROSS OF LORAINE
FREE FRENCH
DIALED
LANCET WRIST WATCH

 

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The number of Free French troops grew with Allied success in North Africa and subsequent rallying of the Army of Africa which pursued the fight against the Axis fighting in many campaigns and eventually invading Italy, occupied France and Germany from 1944 to 1945. On 23 October 1944, Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union officially recognized de Gaulle's regime as the provisional government of France (GPRF) which replaced the in-exile French State (relocated at Sigmarigen, a short-living City State in western Germany) and preceded the Fourth Republic (1946).

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*RADIUM HANDS
&
RAISED OUTLINED NUMERALS
1

 

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

 

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Recruitment in liberated France led to notable enlargements of the French armies. By the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, France had 1,250,000 troops, 10 divisions of which were fighting in Germany. An expeditionary corps was created to liberate French Indochina then occupied by the Japanese. During the course of the war, French military losses totaled 212,000 dead, of which 92,000 were killed through the end of the 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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AT 32.5 X 38.1W/O CROWN
18MM LUGS!,
RARE FOR IT'S ERA

 

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e Free French forces were drawn mostly from the French colonial empire, rather than from metropolitan France. French nationals from the tropical African colonies formed a large part of the forces at the beginning, as were nationals from French Algeria. Later, many combatants were drawn from the native populations of French colonies. Sixty-five percent were conscripts from French West Africa, primarily Senegal. Other contingents were natives of Morocco, Algeria, and Tahiti (the Tahitians served with particular distinction in the western Sahara). The Free French forces also included units of the Foreign Legion

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CHOICE OF GREEN 18MM NATO NYLON W/KEEPERS
IS PERFECT -- THOUGH READ OUR STRAP POLICY

 

YOU MAY REQUEST
A DIFFERENT LEATHER OR SKINS  STRAP
IN AN APPROPRIATE COLOR OR STYLE

BUT
PLEASE CONTACT
GSW FIRST
AND
BEFORE YOU INVEST

ADDITIONAL UPGRADE
OR
SHIPPING FEES
MAY APPLY

 

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Cross of Lorraine

Capitaine de corvette Thierry d'Argenlieu 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 Nazi swastika. In his general order ? 2 of 3 July 1940, Vice Admiral ƒ’â‚°mile Muselier, two days after assuming the post of 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

 

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Paratroops of the Lƒ’‚©gion ƒ’â‚°trangƒ’‚¨re

1st Foreign Legion Parachute Regiment was born on 1 July 1948 and embarked on the "Shepherd" October 24 at Mers El-Kebir and arrived in Indochina on November 12 in Haiphong.

Though the regiment was stationed throughout the Indochina War theater, the main battles will take place in Tonkin (northern Vietnam).

On the 17 and 18 of September 1950, the battalion jumped at That Khe to rescue French forces in Cao Bang (Battle of RC4) and was almost destroyed during the fighting taking place around Khe Dongand was dissolved on December 31. It

Its losses included 21 officers, 46 NCOs and 420 legionaries whose commanding officer was the battalion commander Segrƒ’‚©tain. Only a few survivors managed to reach the French lines, including the captain Jeanpierre, who would later, in Algeria, become the commanding officer of the 1st REP.

1st BEP was recreated 18 March 1951 from the remainder of the original battalion, along with reinforcements from the 2nd BEP and North Africa. The BEP then comprised 3 companies (CCB, 1st and 2nd Company) and Cipla (company Indochinese Foreign Legion paratrooper company-4e). A third company will be incorporated in November 1952.

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THE CASE TOOK   SEVERAL HOURS TO FILE REMOVE MOST SCRATCHES, DENTS AND OTHER DAMAGE. THEN TO SAND AND BUFF, THEN ULTRASONIC CLEANING, THEN ELECTRO CLEANING, THEN PLATE SILVER, THEN COPPER, THEN THREE FINAL COATS OF NICKEL

 

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THOUGH HARDLY EVER MINT OR PERFECT
IN THIS CASE [PUN INTENDED?] OF HAND
RESTORATION. IT IS THE BEST WORK PERIOD

FILE CASE
SAND CASE
BUFF CASE
ULTRASONIC CLEAN
ELECTRO CLEAN
DESTATIC NEUTALIZE
SILVER PLATINE 2X
DESTATIC NEUTALIZE
COPPER PLATI8NG 2X
DESTATIC NEUTALIZE
NICKEL PLATING 4X
DESTATIC NEUTALIZE
FINAL BUFFING
ULTRASONIC CLEAN
HAND CLOTH CLEAN

 

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PRECISION IS REQUIRED FOR FINISH
TO REMAIN ON THE CASE

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LOOKS SIMPLE BUT LOTS OF
STAGE  PREP REQUIRED

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PHOTOS GSW GSWW MWB ARCHIVE

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AMAZING PICTURE.... WITH AS MANY PHOTOS THAT ROCK DEMANDS, IT IS SIMPLY A NO GO TO PLACE THE ORIGINAL PHOTOS TO SHOW JUST HOW WORN OUT AND BEAT UP THIS WATCH WAS. IT WAS NOT EVEN GOOD ENOUGH TO ADD TO ONES NON RUNNIG WATCH COLECTION. DIAL WAS WATER DAMAGED WITH PEEL. CASE WAS WORN TO BRASS AND SO SCRATCHED IT LOOKED IMMPOSSIBLE TO RESTORE. ONLY THE MOVEMENT HAD POTENTIAL TO THE EYE!

 

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MINTY BUT NOT MINT
ROCK SWEARS OFF THE WORD MINT
MINT MEANS LIKE ITR WAS THE DAY IT WAS APPROVED FOR SALE.

 

BUT ROCK DOES GET HIS TIME PIECES TO
AS CLOSE TO THEIR MOST MINTY CONDITION
AS THEY COULD EVER BE

 

TIME IS NOT EVER AN ISSUE AS MANY HAVE DISCOVERED WHEN HE RESTORES THEIR WATCHES AND IN MANY CASES WHAT WOULD BE A NORMAL ONE DAY EVENT MORPHS INTO SEVERAL WEEKS !

 

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STRAP IS PERFECT FOIR THIS LANCET
MILITARY STYLE
TOUGH
YET
GREAT LOOKING
WITH
4 KEEPERS
AND
CONTRAST IS SPECTACULAR

 

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STRAP IS PERFECT FOIR THIS LANCET
MILITARY STYLE
TOUGH
YET
GREAT LOOKING
WITH
4 KEEPERS
AND
CONTRAST IS SPECTACULAR

 

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ONE OF ROCK'S BEST RESTORATIONS

 

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STRAP IS PERFECT FOIR THIS LANCET
MILITARY STYLE
TOUGH
YET
GREAT LOOKING
WITH
4 KEEPERS
AND
CONTRAST IS SPECTACULAR

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STRAP IS PERFECT FOIR THIS LANCET
MILITARY STYLE
TOUGH
YET
GREAT LOOKING
WITH
4 KEEPERS
AND
CONTRAST IS SPECTACULAR

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ILLUMINATED DIAL READY OR ANOTHER 60 YEARS AND
WITH PROPER CARE-- DECADES MORE!

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YOU BUFF AND CLEAN
AND START AGAIN
UNTIL YOU IZ HAPPY

 

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WOW
WHAT A COLLECTORS
WEAR-IT-WATCH!

 

DO NOT ASK
I LOOK FOR WATCHES FROM HELL
THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN THROUGH IT SEVERAL TIMES
THEN I RESTORE THEM
FROM CASE TO MOVEMENT

THOSE WITH WHAT I TERM AS
"TRENCH ART"
ARE MY BEST

 

ABOVE STAINLESS STEEL TAG
"53"
I WOULD TAKE IT TO MEAN THE YEAR

ABOVE THE WATERPROOF LOOKS LIKE
"REP"
THAT WOULD MEAN FRENCH LIGONAIR PARATROOPER

 

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"LANCET" BRANDED WATCHES HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED SINCE 1914 & WWI BY MANY DIFFERENT COMPANIES. THE AMAZING FACT IS THAT FRENCH DESIGNATED LANCET WATCHES WERE POPULAR IN THE LATER PORTION OF WWII THROUGH THE END OF THE  FRENCH PRESENCE IN 1955 INDOCHINA. IN THE PAST WE HAVE SECURED, DIRECTLY, FRENCH  LANCET WATCHES FROM PRESENT DAY VIETNAM, TURKEY, GREECE, ALGERIA, EGYPT AND LIBYA.THOUGH THIS MOVEMENT IS SIGNED RILA WATCH Co, THE OTHER POHONOMINA IS THAT A BRANDED LANCET MAY HAVE ONE OF 7 IDENTIFIED  MOVEMENTS. MOST HAVE BEEN AS BASED, LIKE THIS AS 1187. A VEREY POPULAR CALIBER THAT IS FOUND IN A HOST OF VINTAGE 1950' ERA WATCHES.

 

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OVERHAULED &  SERVICED

 

RILA
WATCH COMPANY
1950
Ca. AS 1187


FEATURES
manual wind
sweep second
incabloc
17 jewels

DATA
17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 43h

 

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
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