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Genral pattons possible watch

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 1:31 am
by FlyingHippy
Hi

I was passed down this watch which I need to find out more about

My uncle who was from Chicago passed this watch onto me before he died he was in the America Army and says it was gifted to him by the famous General George Patton

I heard somewhere that in the Olympics these watch were given out which General Patton took part of which could explain the sterling silver omega box it is in

My uncle said the watch was used to time the distance of the bombs. I was always thinking that ld my uncl was as a 33 degree mason and the anted to know could there be a link there also

Here are the photos

Re: Genral pattons possible watch

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:46 am
by JerseyMo
FlyingHippy wrote: ↑
Wed May 16, 2018 1:31 am
Hi

I was passed down this watch which I need to find out more about

My uncle who was from Chicago passed this watch onto me before he died he was in the America Army and says it was gifted to him by the famous General George Patton

I heard somewhere that in the Olympics these watch were given out which General Patton took part of which could explain the sterling silver omega box it is in

My uncle said the watch was used to time the distance of the bombs. I was always thinking that ld my uncl was as a 33 degree mason and the anted to know could there be a link there also

Here are the photos
Patton was a member of the 1912 Olymic team
Incabloc ( printed on dial) was introduced in 1937

What was the tachymeter used for? Yes it measures time and distance and I've read it was developed during WW1 - here is what I found on WIKI-

In 1915, Gaston Breitling produced the first chronograph with a central seconds hand and a 30-minute counter. Later, in 1923, Gaston Breitling introduced the first chronograph with a separate pusher at 2 o'clock. In 1934 Willy Breitling further developed the concept of the chronograph with the addition of the second pusher at 4 o'clock.

The time line of the above does not support the watch having been around prior to WWII.

Still could it have belonged to Patton - maybe. You can contact Omega and they should be able to provide a production date. They may ask you to pay for this service.

No matter the story true or not that is one excellent watch and the box.

Good luck with your search.

Re: Genral pattons possible watch

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:50 am
by vintagehamiltons
I can't really help other than to say the box doesn't go with the watch, which is a Titus. Don't know anything about the brand, except that chronographs are valued, especially with an 18K case. Without any provenance that it came from Patton, there would be no additional value.

Re: Genral pattons possible watch

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 5:27 am
by Mugea
Hi FlyingHippy,

can't contribute anything regarding the watch, but the box is for a Omega Constellation de Luxe or even a Constellation de Grand Luxe (both having an 18K solid gold case - the Grand Luxe even has a solid gold bracelet).

Is the insert still present? Most often, the insert is missing in these Omega boxes.

Regards

Martin

Re: Genral pattons possible watch

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 7:31 am
by FlyingHippy
Hi

We still have the original insert which I will photo later. Thanks for your responses