Eaglemoss Military Watches Collection.

MWC 55 - Canadian Air Force Navigator 1980s

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In August 1990 Iraq, under the leadership of Saddam Hussain, took the world by surprise when it invaded Kuwait. Kuwait forces put up a brave defence and inflicted heavy casualties, but they were not prepared for invasion and running low on supplies and ammunition the defenders were forced to withdraw.

The United States was quick to respond and soon led a coalition force of 34 countries in the conflict against the Iraqi Army. Amongst this force were 3600 Canadian troops, spread across four operational units on land, sea, air and support units. Canada used CF-18 Hornets, twin engined all weather combat jets operating out of Qatar and they also carried out more than 50 bombing sorties.

During this time Canadian pilots and navigators were issued watches that had been assembled in Canada, these watches used a swiss produced quartz movement, and were assembled by The Marathon Watch Company in Quebec, Ontario. Also known as Gallet & Co. Watches for the Canadian Air force were marked ADANAC, which is Canada backwards. Many similar watches were also supplied to the US Air force under the Marathon Brand


Asymetric case extended to form crown protection 42.5mm across between 10 and 4, 46.2mm from 9 to the crown, 9.5mm deep.

51mm lug to lug. 20mm wide lugs

Interior aperture 38.3mm across, 8mm deep. 5mm Crown, 31.5mm flat glass


31.5mm black dial. White printed minutes scale with small triangles at 5 minute points

Hours indicated with white Arabic numerals from 1 through 12 inclusive, and in a smaller font the numbers from 13 to 24

Pencil type, polished hours and minutes hands with white luminous infill polished tips and a slim polished seconds hand with infilled arrow tip


Black finished 42mm bezel with Arabic numbers fro 1 to 12 in Silver colour and also minute markers for the first 20 minutes.


Black Nylon webbing strap 20mm wide. approx. fitting 170-215mm

The Case is the same style as the Precista and Benrus type dive watches, and the Dial is very similar to the first MWC watch, the US infantry, and Australian Infantry watches from the collection


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