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Date/Report Number …..022612R5BY.04 Item:  VIETNAM 1968 MILITARY  WESTCLOX 
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Description of item: VINTAGE VIETNAM ERA WESTCLOX 1968 MILITARY WRIST WATCH WITH 17 JEWEL M101 WITH DOUBLE ARROW MANUAL WIND MILITARY MOVEMENT 34X41 W/O CROWN WITH NATO G-18 GREEN BALLISTIC NYLON MILITARY STRAP WITH BRUSHED KEEPERS. CONDITION FINE.

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $499.00


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RESTORED
OVERHAULED SERVICED
VIETNAM ERA
WESTCLOX
1968
MILITARY
WRIST WATCH

WITH

17 JEWEL
M101
WITH
DOUBLE ARROW
MANUAL WIND
MILITARY MOVEMENT

34X41
W/O CROWN

WITH

NATO G-18 GREEN
BALLISTIC NYLON MILITARY STRAP
WITH BRUSHED KEEPERS


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WESTCLOX

Charles Stahlberg and partners formed United Clock Company on December 5, 1885 in Peru, Illinois with the goal of manufacturing clocks based on a patented technological innovation by Stahlberg which used lead with brass bushings for plates.

In 1887, the company reorganized as "Western Clock Company" and then went bankrupt and was reorganized by F. W. Matthiessen in 1888 as the "Western Clock Manufacturing Company."

In 1908, the company was granted a patent for the "Big Ben" alarm clock movement. This movement had a "bell-back" design, which meant the bell mechanism was integral to the clock's case.

Western Manufacturing Clock Company introduced the Big Ben in 1909.

In 1910,  the Big Ben became the first alarm clock advertised nationally, with ads placed in the Saturday Evening Post.

In 1910, The modern trademark of the company, "Westclox," first appeared on the backs of Big Ben alarm clocks from 1910 to 1917.

The name appeared on Big Ben dials as early in 1911.

Western Manufacturing Clock Company  was shortened to  "Western Clock Company" in 1912.

The trademark WESTCLOX was officially registered by the company on January 18, 1916.

In 1919, Western Clock Co., Ltd., was incorporated.

In 1931, WESTCLOX merged with Seth Thomas Clock Company.

Both companies became a division of General Time Corporation.

Westclox became known as "Westclox Division of General Time Corporation" in 1936..

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THE WESTCLOX MILITARY WATCH

THIS OFFER IS FOR A 17 JEWEL WESTCLOX VERSION OF THE VIETNAM Mil-W-46374 MILITARY  ISSUED WESTCLOX MADE FOR DIRECT   SALE TO VIETNAM ACTIVE MILITARY GI's THROUGH THE PX SYSTEM AND AT R&R LOCATIONS SUCH AS HONG KONG.

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1970 MIL VERSION 7J

1968 MIL VERSION 7J

MID 1960 HONG KONG
PX/RR VERSION 17J

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SEVERAL VERSIONS WITH SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT DIALS AND CASES CONTAINING ONE OF THREE DIFFERENT MOVEMENTS --IT DEPENDED ON PRODUCTION YEAR-- WERE AVAILABLE.

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MIL. VER. CASE BK MIL. VER. CASE BK ONE ON RIGHT IS THIS WATCH MOV
4 ABOVE MOV 4 ABOVE MOV ONE ON LEFT WAS HONG KONG PX/RR

Mil-W-46374A

BOTH HAVE MIL DESIG. ARROW IN ARROW

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A FEW RARE VERSIONS WERE CASED LIKE THE RARE WWII OMEGA WATCH WITH SQUARE MOVEMENT IN ROUND CASE.

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HERE IS A HONG KONG PX/RR VERSION WITH M101 17J WITH ARROW IN ARROW DESIGNATION WITH 4 SQUARE HOLDER MOUNTED LIKE THE WWII OMEGA -- NOTE THE LONG STEM AND THE BRASS HOLDER. ANOTHER NOTE. THE CASE IS SAME SIZE AS THE ONE IN THIS OFFER. ADDITIONALLY, THE MOVEMENT
IS THE SAME. SO IT IS NOT "HE LOST THE RETAINER RING" TYPE SITUATION, BUT A CLEAR INTENTIONAL CASING. BE SURE YOU CLICK THE LINK AND READ THE FACTS. BTW: THE ABOVE WESTCLOX IS ALSO ONE OF OUR OFFERS...

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LINK: GSW RESTORED WWII  OMEGA 4 SQUARE

THIS SETUP WAS INTENTIONAL. IT PROVIDED EXTRA PROTECTION FROM MOISTURE. A LONG STEM THAT ALLOWED MOISTURE TO DROP RATHER THAN TRAVEL TO MOVEMENT. I HAVE INFO ON THE PAGE WHICH IS LINKED ABOVE. IT WILL OPEN NEW PAGE SO YOU DO NOT LEAVE THIS ONE. A FEW RARE WESTCLOX MILITARY WATCHES HAD ROUND MOVEMENTS IN CASES WITH 4 SQUARE HOLD DOWN OFFERED THE SAME STEM LEAKAGE PROTECTION AS THE OMEGA.

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE YEARS 1961-1965 WHEN THE FIRST US COMBAT FORCES IN VIETNAM WERE MAINLY SPECIAL FORCES - I.E.: GREEN BERETS    

FRENCH INDOCHINA Vs VIETNAM:

Before WWII , the French colonized Indochina.[Cambodia Laos Vietnam]. After the outbreak of WWII, the Japanese invaded Indochina but allowed the French to continue to Govern. In 1945 the Japanese, fearing US  invasion, rounded up the French and the French "puppet government " and locked them up in what amounted to concentration camps. During this time, with US assistance, Vietnamese organized guerilla units to harass the Japanese.

At the conclusion of WWII -1945- the French moved back into Vietnam. which led to the French Indochina War --and eventually the halving of Vietnam into South Vietnam [Republic of Chochinchina],   under French control, and North Vietnam, eventually under Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh Nationalists-- communists.

With the defeat of China's Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Army   in 1949 by the Chinese Communists, the US stepped up support for opposition groups through out Asia.    When war breaks out in Korea in 1950, with China jumping in, the US stepped up support for the French in Vietnam fearing a domino effect.

When both China and Russia recognized Ho Chi Minh's Democratic Republic of    Vietnam and the Viet Minh Nationalists defeated the French in 1954, the US with UN Support, assisted in the establishment of a government in South Vietnam. By 1959, US military support by way of cash, arms and advisors were stepped up. In fact, the first US casualties in Vietnam occurred in 1959 when two U.S. military advisors, Maj. Dale Buis and Sgt. Chester Ovnand, were killed by Viet Minh guerrillas at Bien Hoa, South Vietnam.

( SEARCH: DIEN BEN PHU. A HISTORIC INCREDIBLE STORY OF THE FRENCH SPECIAL FORCES & THE COMING OF AGE OF GENERAL GIAP AND THE VIET MINH )

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U.S. SPECIAL FORCES & CIDG IN SOUTH VIETNAM:
( Civilian Irregular Defense Group )

In April of 1960, the 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces WWII Airborne was reconstituted.

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) was officially activated in September of 1961 at Fort Brag, North Carolina, &, With the support of President Kennedy, RECEIVED PERMISSION TO WEAR THE GREEN BERET....

By 1962, elements of the 5th Special Forces Group began serving 6 month temporary tours of duty in Vietnam with a mission to advise and train the ARVN & ARVN SP -Vietnamese Special Forces, assist in building relationships with villagers, building schools,  infirmaries,  providing medical treatment, and creating Civilian Irregular Defense Groups in the villages and hamlets to combat the Viet Cong

[Viet Cong = guerilla fighters in South Vietnam supported and directed by the North Vietnamese / "Viet Minh"- Viet Minh = Vietnam Independence League].

(To better understand what the mission was in 1962, Rent that famous 1968 movie " Green Beret "  starring John Wayne with its hit Green Beret soundtrack).

While Vietnamese Villagers were recruited into CIDG's, the Special Forces began to recruit the largest minority group in Vietnam: the Montagnard.

(To better understand rent  the 1979 movie "Apocalypse Now" Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. With Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen & Robert Duvall.

The Montagnard. was not an individual TRIBE or SINGLE peoples, rather, it was a term loosely applied to over 100 separate tribes constituting up to one million indigenous primitive mountain people scattered throughout Indochina. They lived in a tribal society that centered their livelihood and way of life on the village and slash-and-burn agriculture; setting them apart from the Vietnamese who inhabited the lowlands.

Though there were unique differences amongst the Montagnard. peoples and villages,    the Montagnard. as a whole had an ingrained hatred for the Vietnamese and an a historical desire to be independent and thus, they were more than likely candidates for the US Special Forces.

During the French Indochina War, both sides, the French, and the Viet Minh, worked to win the Montagnard. to their side because they occupied territory of strategic value to what had initially become an insurgency

[(French Indochina: Cambodia Laos Vietnam)- but the term Indochina originally included all areas that were influenced by Indian & Chinese Influence. I.E.:    Cambodia Laos Vietnam Peninsular Malaysia Myanmar (Burma)  Singapore & Thailand (Siam)]

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In 1961, it was estimated that twenty-nine tribes with nearly 200,000 peoples of different cultural characteristic and linguistic patterns lived in villages within the borders of South Vietnam.

The first "TRIBE"  to be approached to participate in the CIDG program were the Rhade. The Rhade, numbering around 100,000,  were the most influential and strategically located of the Montagnard. tribes in the highlands of Vietnam. Though the largest concentration of Rhade were centered around the village of Ban Me Thuot in Darlac Province, they also had villages in  Quang Due, Phu Yen, and Khanh Hoa Provinces.

By April of 1962, a twelve-man U.S. Special Forces A detachment , with the assistance of the U.S. & Vietnamese Special Forces,  incorporated forty Rhade villages   into the CIDG ( Civilian Irregular Defense Group ) program.

By June of 1963, the U.S. Special Forces had trained  close to 11,000 strike force and 40,000 hamlet militia from over 800 villages in border surveillance and mountain scout programs, which included ambushes, reconnaissance patrols, and combat patrols.   With enough strike force troops, they switched from training to military operations against the Viet Cong..

By 1964, the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, with an authorized strength of 1,297, expanded their organization to face the new mission head on -- to seek out and destroy the Viet Cong. This direct confrontation required a change of troop commitment from a 6 month temporary deployment to a one-year permanent change of station.

Before the massive commitment of  U.S. conventional forces to South Vietnam in 1965/66, the U.S. Special Forces conducted counterinsurgency programs to destroy the Viet Cong, create secure environments and assist in establishing governmental control over the population--which included enlisting the Vietnam villagers active support of government's programs.

By 1965 full deployment was completed with the main operational base headquartered at Nha Trang, and operational units deployed throughout South Vietnam to 270 established and manned camps and  locations. From these locations, the forces of the civilian irregular defense groups, including the Montagnard., as well as the regular units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Vietnam were trained and led.

Though the 5th Special Forces Group Airborne was one of the smallest units during the entire Vietnam War,it's soldiers were among the highest decorated -- which include seventeen Medal  Medals of Honor,-- and gathered twenty campaign streamers to their Colors.

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I DECIDED TO KEEP THIS
WONDERFUL WESTCLOX
AS IT WAS FOUND

(PURCHASED)

IT IS AN EARLY MODEL
WITH A
RADIUM
INSTEAD OF
TRITIUM
DIAL

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RADIUM
IN MOST CIRCUMSTANCES
TURNS ORANGE
WHEN IT BURNS OUT

FOR COLLECTORS THIS COLORED
RADIUM IS DESIRABLE

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THE DIAL
SPORTS
BURNT RADIUM
12
&
TRIANGLE MARKERS
&
ORIGINAL

WHITE
RADIUM FILLED
MINUTE & HOUR  HAND
&
RADIUM COATED
SWEEP SECOND HAND

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THE
DIAL IS WESTCLOX  SIGNED
OUTSIDE CASE BACK IS WESTCLOX SIGNED
INSIDE CASE BACK IS WESTCLOX SIGNED

THE MOVEMENT IS EXACTLY LIKE
THE
Mil-W-46374A
EXCEPT IT SPORTS AN ARROW
WITHIN AN ARROW HALL MARK

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DESIGNATED ARROW M101 AND A201


WE HAVE RESTORED 140 WESTCLOX WATCHES, BOTH US MILITARY ISSUE AND R&R/PX VERSIONS. ONLY THE LARGE 34MM R&R/PX VERSIONS WITH WESTCLOX SIGNED HONG KONG CASES HAD WHAT WE BELIEVE TO BE A ARROW MILITARY DESIGNATION HALL MARK ON MOVEMENT . FURTHER, THIS LOGO WAS ON BOTH THE M101 & A-201 AND BOTH MOVEMENT VERSIONS WERE 17J INSTEAD OF 7 JEWELS.

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CASE IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION

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WE CHOSE A  BALLISTIC NYLON
NATO STRAP WITH BRUSHED KEEPERS



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THE BALLISTIC NYLON
NATO STRAP
IS TWICE THE THICKNESS AS
STANDARD NYLON G-18 STRAPS

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THE BALLISTIC NYLON
NATO STRAP
WILL FIT 6 TO 9
SO WE HAVE YOU COVERED

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WHAT A  LOOKER


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YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME
AND THIS COMBO WOULD CAUSE A RUSH
TO GET A STRAP LIKE YOURS!

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WE POLISHED THE CASE AFTER FITTING THE CRYSTAL
SO THIS SHOT WAS BEFORE
THE CASE IS CHROME OVER BASE SO WE DID NOT
PERFORM HEAVY BUFFING

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THE INTERIOR OF CASE BACK IS SIGNED
WESTCLOX
WITH
HONG KONG
UNDER THE WESTCLOX SIGNATURE

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STAINLESS STEEL CASE BACK IS SIGNED
WESTCLOX
ANTIMAGNETIC
WATER RESISTANT

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M101

manual-wind
sweep second
shock protected
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 45h

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CONDITION WATCH:
EXCELLENT  -  RUNS EXCELLENT 
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