Skinner Brings Vintage Vietnam War Watches and More in Upcoming SaleOct 19, 2020 12:00 EDT - Oct 27, 2020 19:00 EDT
Under the shadow of the Vietnam War, the U.S. government decided that the military required more specialized forces to combat insurgency. This move included an expansion of Navy SEAL teams, complete with sweeping updates to the troops’ equipment and specifications. From this period came the Tornek-Rayville TR-900 dive watch, which was able to operate at depths up to 300 feet without a magnetic signature. One of the few surviving TR-900 watches will come to auction in Skinner’s timed October sale. Due to the use of promethium-147 to illuminate the watch face, most of the TR-900 watches were destroyed at the end of their usefulness. The available watch was saved from that fate and handed down through a military family.
Several other notable wristwatches are on offer, including a vintage Rolex Daytona Cosmograph ref. 6263 “Sigma” watch. This piece was manufactured around 1973 and is accented with white gold markers. Beyond wristwatches, the sale will also highlight tall case clocks, mantel clocks, and carriage clocks. Rounding out the offerings are scientific collectibles such as 18th-century amputation sets and a three-inch globe that will fit in a pocket. Find the complete catalog and register to bid on Bidsquare.
# of Lots:396
Price Range:$40 - $90,000
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|Tornek-Rayville TR-900 Dive Watch||
|Single-owner Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Reference 6263 Sigma Dial Wristwatch||
|Simon Willard (1753-1848) Inlaid Mahogany Tall Clock with Isaiah Thomas Jr. (1749-1831) Printed Label and Case Attributed to Thomas Sey||
|Henton Brown Hour-strike Musical Bracket Clock||
|Walter Lang 100 Blade Exposition Knife, No. 227||
|Dudley Adams 3-inch Cased Terrestrial Pocket Globe||
- 20th Century
- Decorative Arts
- Pocket Watches
- Science & Technology
- Table, Mantel Clocks
- Watches & Clocks
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