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Date/Report Number …..022612R5BY.04 Item:  1938 WWII PIERCE HACKED SWEEP SECONDS PARASHOCK
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1955 PIERCE DOCTORS WATCH WWW WATERPROOF FAB SUISSE PARASHOCK ANTIMAGNETIC

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $699.00


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1955
PIERCE
DOCTORS WATCH
WWW
WATERPROOF
FAB SUISSE
PARASHOCK
ANTIMAGNETIC

32 X 40 MM

WITH
Pierce 103 (SC)
CENTER SWEEP
ALUMINUM GASKET
6 SCREW CASE BACK
WHITE  & ROSE GOLD DIAL
RED SWEEPS HAND
LEAF STEEL HANDS
INTERNAL ADJUSTABLE STEM SEAL


PADDED
DOUBLE CONTRAST
STITCHED
WITH
NATURAL GRAINING
OVERSTITCHING
TURNED EDGES
TOP GRAIN
VINTAGE STYLE
CHRONOGRAPH
STRAP
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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".... 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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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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PIERCE
DOCTORS
WATERPROOF FAB SUISSE PARASHOCK ANTIMAGNETIC

HERE IS ANOTHER
AWESOME PIERCE

I HAVE TO SAY, IF YOU DO NOT OWN A PIERCE PARASHOCK IN YOUR
COLLECTION, YOU DO NOT HAVE A COLLECTION. THESE ARE WONDERFUL. NICE SIZE - AWESOME DIALS + HANDS
KILLER MOVEMENT WITH AN EVEN BETTER SHOCK SYSTEM
AND THE LOOK OF THE BEZEL AND CASE BACK WILL
ASSURE A FAST RISE IN VALUE FOR THE FUTURE


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ENTIRELY OVERHAULED
DOCTOR'S PIERCE

WITH
NEAR MINT CONDITION CASE

32 X 40 MM

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AWESOME
WHITE DIAL
METALLIC ROSE GOLD CHAPTER RING
WITH
BLACK SECONDS NUMERALS
BLACK NUMERALS
BLACK STEEL & LUME LEAF HANDS
RED SWEEP SECONDS HAND

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SUPER ROSE GOLD CHAPTER RING
BLACK LEAF HANDS
SMOOTH BLACK NUMERALS

ABSOLUTELY
A CLASSY DOCTORS
WATCH

NOTICE THIS 1955 HAS BLACK NUMERALS
AND NOT RAISED LUME NUMBERS

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SUPER EASY TO READ
SUPER EASY TO TIME PULSE
INCREDIBLY WONDERFUL

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ORIGINAL CHROME CASE
STEEL 6 SCREW CASE BACK
ORIGINAL TRIPLE SEAL CROWN

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32 X 40 MM
W/O CROWN

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OUR TOP OF THE LINE
PADDED
DOUBLE CONTRAST
STITCHED
WITH
OVERSTITCHING
TOP GRAIN
VINTAGE TAN
CHRONOGRAPH STRAP

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NOTICE THE CLASSIC OVER STITCHING

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THE GRAINING IS NATURAL
AND
THE EDGES ARE TURNED

WITH DUAL
CONTRAST STITCHED
KEEPERS
THIS STRAP HAS IT ALL
COMFORT
SOLID LOOK & FEEL
LONG LIFE


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STITCHING IS AWESOME


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ONE OF THE SHARPEST
VINTAGE CASE BACKS

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A GOOD LOOK AT A SIMPLE
YET STRIKING DIAL

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HERE IS THE CASE AFTER
POLISHING
BUFFING
AND
ELECTRO CLEANING

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WHAT IS AMAZING
AND
REVOLUTIONARY FOR IT'S TIME
IS STEM TUBE SEALING
OR RATHER LACK OF A TUBE

ABOVE IS A SCREW IN SEAL TUBE

WHEN UNSCREWED IT REVEALS
A HARD SEAL THAT CAN BE TIGHTENED
AND, THUS, THIS "SEAL" CAN BE ADJUSTED
WHEN SERVICED
AND IT STILL WORKS TODAY

I FORGOT TO TAKE A PIC
BUT WHEN THE STEM IS PULLED

YOU CAN SEE A RED SEAL IN THE "TUBE"

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HERE I AM USING LOCKTITE
ON THE STEM AND CROWN
I ALWAYS UNSCREW THE CROWN
CLEAN THEN LOCKTITE IT

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SEE THE LONG STEM TUBE?
THAT IS THE TUBE THAT GOES INTO
THE SCREW SEAL WHICH THEN
SEALS THE CROWN

MOST STEMS GO OVER AN OUTER TUBE
THIS DESIGN WAS PROBABLY LOST
DUE TO HIGHER COSTS
OF MAKING THIS
ADVANCED SEALING SYSTEM
 

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ANOTHER SHOT
WHEN PUSHED IN
THE ENTIRE LENGTH
OF THE LONG TUBE
COMES IN CONTACT
WITH THE SEAL

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THIS 17 JEWEL
1955
ECLIPSE
Pierce 103 (SC)

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THIS IS WHAT THIS
P103 SC LOOKED LIKE
WHEN WE FIRST OPENED IT

NOTICE THE ADJUSTMENT ON THE BALANCE
IS PUSHED ALL THE WAY TO THE RIGHT
IN EFFORT TO SLOW THE WATCH DOWN
WHICH MEANS IT WAS IN DESPERATE NEED
OF  CLEANING AND SERVICING

ALSO, NOTICE THAT THERE IS NO
RETAINING RING
AND
NOR ANY
SCREWS TO HOLD THE MOVEMENT CENTERED 

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I RECOMMEND A PIERCE BECAUSE OF THE AWESOME DESIGN, ITS 6 STEEL SCREW CASE BACK WITH ALUMINUM GASKET, ITS WONDERFUL DIALS, ITS CLASSIC TRIPLE RINGED BEZEL, ITS WONDERFUL P103 MOVEMENT AND ONE OTHER MAIN DESIGN FEATURE:

BESIDES HAVING A PARASHOCK ABSORBER
ON TOP AND BOTTOM OF BALANCE STAFF
THE ACTUAL CASE BECOMES A SHOCK ABSORBER
PROTECTING THE ENTIRE MOVEMENT BY LIMITING THE CONTACT OF THE MOVEMENT WITH THE CASE.

NOTHING TOUCHES THE MOVEMENT
SEE THE STEEL SPRING POPPING UP IN THE
IN THE PICTURE ABOVE?

THAT IS WHAT HOLDS THE
MOVEMENT IN THE CASE.

THE  CASE BACK PUSHES AGAINST THE SPRING
IF THE WATCH IS DROPPED, THAT SPRING
FURTHER PROTECTS THE MOVEMENT BY
GIVING SOME ROOM FOR THE MOVEMENT
TO MOVE IN THE CASE.....

I REST MY CASE

 

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CASE BACK AND ALUMINUM GASKET
WHEN WORKING ON THESE PIERCE
PARA SHOCK WATCHES
ONE MUST HEAT AND COOL THE ALUMINUM
TO RESTORE ITS ABILITY TO SEAL

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MAKE SURE YOU SCREW
IN THE 6 SCREWS PROPERLY

LIKE PLACING
A TIRE & RIM ON YOUR CAR
YOU SHOULD SCREW DOWN SCREWS
BY OPPOSITES

LEFT TOP, BOTTOM RIGHT,
TOP CENTER, BOTTOM CENTER
ON AND ON
AND SLOWLY TIGHTEN THE SAME WAY

AND DO NOT TIGHTEN TOO TIGHT
90% OF THOSE WE INVEST IN COME TO US
WITH SCREWS SO TIGHT THEY BREAK OR
THE TOPS BREAK

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WE WILL TIME - ADJUST THE BEAT
UTILIZING A DIGITAL TIMING UNITE

BUT THEN WE ADJUST
BY KNOWLEDGE
AND
BY RUNNING THE WATCH
AND THEN
AGAINST  QUARTZ

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17 JEWEL
1955 P103 (SC)

Features
manual wind
sweep second

Data
10.5
Dm= 23.3mm
11.5'''
Do=Dm= 25.5mm
H= 4.9mm
15/17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 40h

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THIS
17 JEWEL
1955 P103 (SC)

BEGAN ITS LIFE AS A
15 JEWEL
1940 P103
WITH A
SUB-SECOND REGISTER
THEN IT WAS
FACTORY ALTERED
FOR A
SWEEP SECOND HAND

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[AFTER OVERHAUL]

NOTICE THE THE HOLD DOWN
SPRING FOR THE MOVEMENT?
IT ALLOWS MOVEMENT OF THE MOVEMENT
IT THE EVENT OF HARD SHOCK

NOTICE THE BALANCE SHOCK ABSORBER?
THIS IS A MUST TO PROTECT THE BALANCE STAFF

NOTICE THE LARGE HACKED SECONDS WHEEL?
THIS PROVIDES A SWEEP SECOND HAND WITH CHAPTER RING
FOR TIMING, MEASURING AND COMPUTATIONS NOT
AVAILABLE WITH THE DOMINANT --AT THIS TIME--
SUB-SECONDS REGISTER WATCH MOVEMENT.

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
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