This watch is a A-17 below is a full description of this particular watch and the issues which it has (or is reported to have because in many cases the watches do not have significant issues, below that is the full information relating to this model from the factory website which gives full details of all of the dimensions, specification and other information relating to the watch.
We buy these watches from various defence auctions and other disposal sales and it's frequently the case that we find that there is actually nothing wrong with the watch but it has to be assumed it will have some form of fault though in most cases it's very minor or as described below. These watches are disposed of at low-cost because we find that one of the problems is pressure of time for our service staff in the UK and elsewhere and in most cases they have given them a quick check over and nothing is immediately apparent though we have to assume that there is either no real fault with the watch or something will reveal itself over time in which case it’s normally a simple case of a service, repair or battery exchange depending on the exact model
Condition: Clean as can be seen in the images
Fault: My colleagues when did the watcher at the clearance sale? And it was running but we suspect it may need servicing or some minor attention but everything seems to be fine generally.
SKU Code: A-17
This recreation of the A-17 is based on the original design used by U.S. pilots during the Korean War, which was fought between North Korea and South Korea from 1950 to 1953. The original A-17 itself was essentially an improved and updated version of the A-11 used by the USAAF in WW2 but in the case of this watch the mechanical movement is upgraded to automatic with the option to hand wind if required. The watch offers the benefit of retaining the classic 1950s outward appearance whilst having the advantage of a a few discreet updates to improve its suitability for use on a day to day basis.
The other watches we produce in this family of watches are the A-11 based on the WW2 USAAF pilots watch and the GG-W-113 based on the Vietnam issue watch.
The history of our recreation and how it came into being goes back to January 2009 when we were approached by a US veterans association who asked us to examine the viability of making a watch that was identical in appearance to the original watches which were made by Hamilton, Bulova, and Benrus during the Vietnam War. We were sent samples of watches to examine and also the original specification sheets and the result was a watch which was very close to the original and used a high grade fully jeweled hand-wound movement, this watch was the GG-W-113 which we still make. As a result of making that watch, we were contacted again with a view to recreating 2 earlier models, one was the A-11 from WW2 which are now almost impossible to find in good sound condition because most were made from 1943 onwards, when resources were limited and hence cheap metal was used. The 1950s pattern A-17 sits between the 1940s A-11 and the 1960s GG-W-113 and encompasses various characteristics shared by both of the other 2 watches.
This watch has a heavy stainless steel satin finish case made from Military Grade 316L stainless steel, sweep second hand, hacking function, black dial and luminous markings. Please note: The watch uses Luminous Super Luminova paint for first class visibility in the hours of darkness.
- Width Inc Crown: 38mm
- Width Exc Crown: 36mm
- Thickness: 12.9mm
- Lug Size: 18mm
- Lug to lug is 43mm
- Case Material: Stainless Steel
- 50m Water Resistance
- Screw Down Caseback
- Acrylic Crystal
- 24 jewel, automatic hacking (self-winding) mechanical movement.
- Nylon Webbing Strap