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Just won this on ebay WW2 RAF Officers Mess Clock

Post by River Rat » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:45 am

Just bought this. I know most of you are not into clocks but I think this one is cool. A WW2 RAF Officers Mess clock was in the Pilot mess halll a air base issued clock. It has a F.W. Ellott Fusee movement that runs for eight days on one wind. Hopefully I get it next week from England in one piece. I got it for a great price does have a replacement back wooden door on case but you look at the front. Early pocket watches use to use the same type of movement but smaller scale. This clock was manufactured in 1939.
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The Seller in his ad said was once owned by Brian Burnett who was a Air Chief Marshal in the RAF but the clock was given to him long after WW2 so some cool history with the clock.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Burnett

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Post by gr8sw » Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:53 am

very cool, Mike! that's one big fucker to ship from UK to MT... hope it arrives safely! :thumbsup:
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Post by rockmastermike » Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:58 am

You find/have the coolest stuff, Mike
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Post by River Rat » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:04 pm

gr8sw wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:53 am
very cool, Mike! that's one big fucker to ship from UK to MT... hope it arrives safely! :thumbsup:
The shipping was not cheap

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Post by River Rat » Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:36 am

Another cool thing about this clock being made in 1939 means it was in service at the time of the Battle of Britain and Dunkirk the history this clock has. Think of a Pilot looking at this clock to see if it was time for a mission briefing or to go to his aircraft for a mission how cool it that.

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Post by raf42 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:53 am

Extremely cool with amazing history. Nice find!

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Post by River Rat » Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:51 am

Here is a cool blog I check out once in a while. This guy collects any thing RAF issued clocks and equipment from the air bases surprised no watches but his RAF clock collection is nice. The seller will ship on Monday if I am lucky mite get it next week will be double boxed and the movement will be out of the wooden case to help prevent damage in shipping the movement is heavy so mite of came loose in shipping so a good idea from the seller.
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Post by River Rat » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:17 am

The issued date on movement
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Post by River Rat » Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:48 pm

Well it made it to the USA in one piece a really cool clock with as much history as some of my watches.
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Post by Captdave » Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:06 pm

That’s very cool! One of these days I may get into ships clocks?


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Post by matt.wu » Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:06 pm

Very cool, Mike. Right at home in your collection.
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Post by River Rat » Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:39 am

Captdave wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:06 pm
That’s very cool! One of these days I may get into ships clocks?


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You live were there are a lot of Navy Bases. Were some clocks were sold as surplus or removed by the crew with out permission before the Navy did away with wind up clocks like Chelsea and Seth Thomas plus commercial ships were stuff were sold of before ships were scraped. So flea markets and antique shows and NAWCC marts think there a NAWCC chapter in your area and antique shops and even coin shops. When I lived in the bay area I found stuff in the wild not on ebay due to it was like were you live. Now I don't so inter web now for me. Dave go on the hunt for a ships clock. Ones that hold there value and go up in price are ones with coast guard or air force on the dial and Chelsea radio room clocks. Navy ones from WW2 will have US Navy on them and cold war will have US Government on them. And Merchant Marine ones will have US Maritime Commission on them most were on Liberty and Victory ships in WW2 so History comes with any ships clock you get.

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Re: Just won this on ebay WW2 RAF Officers Mess Clock

Post by River Rat » Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:45 am

For some reason some of my military watch collection been RAF and this clock keeps great time and the first Fusee clock movement in my clock collection. The Fusee movement one of the earliest watch and clock movements I have one English pocket watch that was made in 1812 with a Fusee movement. Here is a group shot of all things RAF in the collection.
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And a link on history of Fusse movements. There a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci around 1490 of one so they been around a long time.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fusee_(horology)

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