BEFORE II W.W.
     II W.W.      
AFTER II W.W.
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ORIGINAL COCKPIT CLOCKS

BEFORE WORLD WAR II

AILLON A VERSAILLES -- VOSISIN VIII

2

FAVRE BULLE -- FRANCIA Iª GUERRA MUNDIAL

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2

WALTHAM XA -- RYAN NYP SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS

ZENITH 271 -- BREGUET XIX BIDON

WORLD WAR II

SMITH MK II, IIA, III JAEGER LECO- SPITFIRE

JUNGHANS BO-UK1 -- Messerschmitt BF 109

SMITH MK II B y D -- HAWKER TYPHOON

WALTHAM A-11 -- CONSOLIDATED B-24 LIBERATOR

SMITH -- LANCASTER

ELGIN 562 -- B-17 FLYING FORTRESS

HAMILTON - ELGIN 37500 -- F 4U CORSAIR
WALTHAM CDIA -- F6F HELLCAT
2

JAEGER LECO CHRONOFLITE -- DOUGLAS DAUNTLESS

2

LONGINES WITTNAUER

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2

BREITLING 118-12

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2

JAEGER A-11

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AFTER WORLD WAR II

WOSTOK FLYER -- MIG 15 FAGOT

2
2

MOLNIA 8132 -- MIG 21 FISHBED

2

WALTHAM & ELGIN ELAPSED TIME

GRUMMAN F9F PANTHER & COUGAR

2

MIL. SPEC. A-13 -- F-4 PHANTHOM

2

BREITLING WAKMANN 651 -- BOEING 727

WAKMANN

DODANE TYPE 11 -- MIRAGE F-1

MATHEY TISSOT TYPE 12 - BEECHCRAFT KING AIR

     After thinking it over and over, Iíve been able to unify my hobby for aviations, the history, the clocks and mechanics ... collecting airplane clocks, the ones situated in the cockpit panel, the ones that the pilots look at.

     When I started to get interested in airplane clocks, I looked up on the internet web pages that talked about the clock, the airplane, with its age, its time. I found loose pieces of information. To satisfy my uneasiness, I decided to do it myself.

     My hobby consists of (not necessarily this order):

  • Find the clock and make it work as precisely as it was designed to. This requires taking it apart, cleaning it to take out all the filthiness and the oil that after so many years, it is degraded and seems like glue. To finish, put it together. Normally, the clocks from the Second World War or earlier, donít have spare pieces for the broken ones. It is necessary to buy two clocks to make one work. Sometimes, when you canīt find the piece, your only solution is to order it. All this technical labor would be impossible without Gabriel Lobatoís help, master in clockmaker. I admire him and Iíll always be his pupil in his Clock school in Madrid. www.escueladerelojeria.es

  • The final evidence about knowing that it was situated in the cockpit is a photograph of the cockpit where you can see it. It is not easy, the clock is the first instrument to disappear, it is what most people are looking for. Iíve seen a lot of airplanes in history museums and planes that are still flying, without the original clocks. Some of the simply show the hole in the cockpit panel, some of them have a different type of clock, and some have modern equipment installed in the hole were the original clock was suppose to be.

  • Another part of my hobby consists on collecting photographs, information, what type of airplanes used it, the features of the machine, who and in which circumstances flew and in what battles it participated.

 

     When I finally place the clock on the shelf with its display stand and the picture of the airplane, I enjoy knowing that each piece of the complex machinery is doing its job perfectly. I go even farther, I see the clock transformed into a live witness of history. I see the men who flew the airplanes, the ones who risked their life in the narrow cockpits fighting, the period of time in which they lived, and I feel lucky to own the live witness of history, where I see spend my time, and at the same time feeling sad because I know that the watch will continue showing the time when I go out.

     Each clock is unique, I receive it with its history, some carry rust and oxide on all the outside screws, was the plane in a carrier?. Some donīt work because the pieces are deformed, the metal has a bluish tone which means it was over heated, fire onboard? In some occasions, when you open it, the case joint breaks into thousands of pieces (The case joint is the circular piece that assembles the machinery of the clock to the case). There is no doubt that this clock has received a blow, crash landing? Each clock is unique. Feeling sad, I sell some of them (the ones which are repeated) to be able to expand my collection.

 

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