Eaglemoss Military Watches Collection.

MWC 52 - Luftwaffe Pilot 1960s

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The modern Air defence force of West Germany was founded in 1956 during the cold war and was a key part of NATOs strategic air defence network, at the same time as Russia was backing the Air force of East Germany, many German pilots how had formerly fought against the Allies were now being trained to use American equipment and Aircraft.
The first Aircraft were Republic F-84 Thunderstreak and then in 1960 the modern Luftwaffe took delivery of the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. This rapid change to Supersonic aircraft was made as High speed combat was seen as essential to counter the threat of nuclear bombers.
The F-104 had a poor reputation during it’s service due to the many accidents and fatalities, in total more than 100 plots were lost, many on high speed low altitude missions in poor conditions.
The German watch industry was involved with the production of high quality chronograph watches, the Junghans J88/0110 was issued to pilots from 1956 to 1967, and the J88/0111 from 1960 to 1967.

Aircraft is Republic F-84 Thunderstreak

Polished 39.8mm “Dodecagonal” (12 sided) case, 40.4mm with the crown, 9.6mm deep.
44.2mm lug to lug. 16mm wide
Interior aperture 31.6mm across, 7mm deep. 5mm Crown, 31mm flat glass
31.5mm black dial. White printed minutes scale with numerals at 5 minute intervals
Hours indicated with green Arabic numerals from 1 through 12 inclusive.
Polished Syringe style hands with luminous infill and slim straight polished seconds hand
Black PU leather, 16mm wide, narrows to 14mm polished buckle. approx. fitting 175-220mm

Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

detail of hands.

Junghans J88/0110, two button chronograph (pic from Jungians site) Briefly available to the public, today they are rare and sought after.


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