Eaglemoss Military Watches Collection.

MWC 95 - 1970s French Airman

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France became a member of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, in 1949. Members agreed to come to each other's aid if any member was attacked by a country outside the alliance. While initially a political union, during the Korean War NATO became a fully integrated Military structure. However, France became unhappy with the dominance of the USA and possible failures of NATO plans to hold back any Warsaw Pact attack leading to an invasion of France
US troops and aircraft withdrew from France and the French Airforce was bolstered with new strike bombers and multi-role aircraft as part of France's own Nuclear deterrent capability. Initially, Dassault Aviation Mirage delta wing aircraft were used and later SEPECAT Jaguar strike aircraft.
French Military pilots were well trained and well equiped
the watches they used were of high quality and had their origins in the German Hanhart and Tutima watches, the tooling and design of which had been recovered as war reparations after WW2, the evolution of this watch was designated the Type 21 chronograph, made by a few select makers like Breguet and Dodane.

Polished 36.6mm case, 38.8mm at the crown, 11mm deep, 43.8mm Lug to Lug, 18mm lug width
Sprung pushers at 2 and 4 move but have no function
Case Interior, 31.3mm diameter, 9.5mm deep. 5mm crown, 31mm glass.
Black Dial with white printed minute/second scale numbered at 5-minute intervals, Hours indicated by Green Arabic numbers
Polished, Sword-shaped minute and hour hands with green infill, slim polished second hand
bezel with indented markings, numbers at the hour intervals and a triangle indicator mark at zero
Brown PU leather strap 18mm wide at the lug narrows to a 16mm buckle, approx. fitting 175/220mm


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