This is an unrestored United States Army Air Forces Type A-8 navigator’s stopwatch in its original War Department cardboard storage box with unscathed FRAGILE label. The watch is a 15 jewel 10 second stopwatch made by Elgin in 1943 for the war effort. It uses a special grade 582 gold-flashed movement with a tiny balance wheel that can just be seen under the balance cock. It runs at an amazing 40 beats per second and makes a buzzing sound that gave it the nickname "Jitterbug". The dial makes a smooth sweep every 10 seconds, and an accumulator dial is marked 1-5 on the inside and 6-10 on the outside of the dial for very precise timing of ordnance up to 10 minutes.
Approximately 2-5/8” in height and 1-7/8” in width and 5/8” in thickness; box: 3-1/4” in width, 4-1/2” in length and 2-1/16” in height.
Nickel-plated steel case, glass; cardboard, cotton gauze, paper wrapping.
Loop for chain.
Watch: TYPE A-8 SPEC. NO. 94-27749 SER. NO. AF43-7049 MFRS. PART NO.-1778 ORD. NO. W535-AC-2807 on reverse and BASE METAL on bottom; box: 3401 CLASS 05-A 16-21584-4 and PACKED BY DAVIDSON INSTRUMENT RAAF on bottom.
This is from a United States Army Air Forces collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. STORE TRGEX09 LBGEX5/11
9+ (Near Mint-): The watch is in near mint condition aside from light storage tarnish to finish and light storage scratching to crystal.
As with all my items, this piece is guaranteed original.