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C R O T O N - WASP (WOMEN AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOT) - S 48775 - Unisex - Circa Q3 1943

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Manual winding - Ni-chrome with Stainless Steel Scmitz Frères "Clam Shell' caseback

Brand: C R O T O N
Model: WASP (WOMEN AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOT)
Reference Number: S 48775
Gender: Unisex
Period: Circa Q3 1943
Movement: Manual winding
Case material: Ni-chrome with Stainless Steel Scmitz Frères "Clam Shell' caseback
Type: Analogue wristwatch (More lots)
Shipped Insured: Yes
Condition: In working condition with visible traces of use

Croton named this model "WASP" for the USAAF Auxiliary, Women Airforce Service Pilots,formed Q1 1943. For more details about AAFES/Crotons, Google: 'CROTON - Accurator Medicus Field Watch - AR 90102 - Men - Circa 1951 The Korean War' and read History & Notes.

Space doesn't allow me to fully describe this Wasp's background, so examine the photos carefully. They show its condition and how it is put together. Not many come to the market, former owners' families cherishing these watches which were produced in limited numbers (circa 1,500). Remember that most US military watches had to be purchased by individuals, generally through AAFES (Army & Airforce Exchange Service).

There are two photos of WASP pilots, Shirley Slade and Elizabeth Gardner from the book, "Silver Wings".

This is a rare WW2 period watch. Its AS 1194 17 jewel sweep second movement with Incabloc has been serviced within the last two years and keeps time. Google 'AS 1194 ranfft' for information.

The WASP will be carefully wrapped (see my Feedback and bid with confidence!) and shipped via Colissimo Insured/Signed For.

E & O E

© AntMat's Auto Matters & Watches 2019

ANTMAT IS AN ABBREVIATION OF ANTERIOR MATTERS (PAST TIMES)

I have been collecting watches for some 50 years, starting with Tavannes/Cymas and later Crotons. When I retired to France some 12 years ago, I started collecting French watches, LIP, Yema and various good Divers' watches from the Jacques Cousteau era.

My first watch was a Tavannes/Cyma issued to my mother during the London 'Blitz' in WW2. Like many of my watches, this one has an interesting history. My mother joined the ATS (The Auxiliary Territorial Service) early in 1941 and became one of a fleet of drivers who chauffeured the likes of Winston Churchill and later General Eisenhower.

One day one of her friends was a couple of minutes late picking up Mr. Churchill and was given a 'rollicking' by the great man:

“Why are you late?”, he roared. “Time is precious and we do not have enough of it. Time is running out – we must not, indeed we cannot waste it!”

In tears my mother's friend replied, “I am sorry Sir but I do not have a watch and the clock in the car must be a bit slow.”

Tearing a page off his notebook he scribbled something on it and said, “Take this to the Ministry of Supply the very minute you drop me off and demand to see the Minister personally by my order. My mother's friend gave the Minister Churchill's note who said to her, “Tell Mr. Churchill that his order will be placed immediately and you girls will all receive watches as soon as possible.”

The watches arrived two weeks later! How they came is another story!

So that was watch number one which my mother gave me when I went away to school about 13 years later. I still have it and it still keeps time.

Once I started work, I bought a watch a month for about 20 years and then on average 1.5 a month for the next 20 years. This formed the basis of my collection though I still buy the odd watch for parts or sometimes because I feel like it!

I have always cared about my watches and when I sell one it is like losing an old friend. Accordingly I try and make sure that they are in good order and/or serviced before being well packed.

Finally I strongly recommend that you read my Feedback; it tells its own story!

Well I must go - time flies when you're my age,

AntMat

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Catawiki member since March 31, 2015, received 521 reviews in total (153 in last 12 months)

Feedback score: 100% (153 reviews)
(last 12 months)
  • Montre en parfait état. Emballage très soigné. La montre est plus belle que sur les photos, je suis très satisfait.
    Elle fonctionne mais pour la remonter, je n'ai pas bien compris. Un renseignement ?

    user-9702e01 August 14, 2019

    Response by seller

    Je suis très heureux d'entendre que vous êtes très satisfait de la montre. Vous aurez eu un message sur le remontage de la montre.

    AM
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    Very nice watch, thank you.

    Pieter.
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    pdev August 11, 2019

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    Bravo Anthony, c'est un Bonh de commercer avec vo, merci pour la propr et à la qualit des montres, aussi aux soins porté à l'emba-lge, jusqu'aux com-taires et cons d'accom-ment, bravo la France; x R
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    user-01e3e55 August 9, 2019

    Response by seller
    Mercy bocoup pour sa!

    AntM
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    Vendeur à recom, tr Pro, tout est parfait, Montres propre, soignés, impec, embal tr soigné, comment et cons joint appréciés, vend respectueux env s client, Merci Anthony, certaine, à une proch,ne; x R
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    user-01e3e55 August 9, 2019

    Response by seller
    Xavier merci pour votre évaluation généreuse .

    Bon week-end,

    Anthony
  • I am very sorry for the delay....my feedback is absolutely positive: the watch running well,good the package and the shipping.
    Thanks.

    user-cc75972 August 9, 2019

    Response by seller
    Thank you for your Feedback - better late than never as from the majority of my buyers!

    Anthony (Matthews)
  • The watch was very well packed for transit and received in good time.
    A small problem was quickly resolved and efficiently dealt with by Anthony who is clearly very knowledgeable on the subject.

    user-f816f85 August 8, 2019

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    Very good: precise, accurate, quick to answer!
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    user-3e9d2c9 August 8, 2019

  • Bought off this seller a few times always happy with items, and seller will go that extra mile to help you with anything he possibly can. Excellent customer service. Thanx again. Timegonebuy_mcr insta

    user-1d738b6 August 7, 2019

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    Vendeur très impliqué qui fait preuve d'une excellente communication : amabilité et réactivité. Montre superbe et très bien emballée après avoir été mise en test chez le vendeur. Je le recommande !
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    ricowiki August 6, 2019

    Response by seller
    Merci beaucoup pour vos paroles généreuses qui sont très encourageantes . Comme AVIS RENT A CAR , j'essaie toujours plus fort !
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    Super vendeur.Grande qualité de l'envoi
    objet conforme à la description.
    Vendeur à recommander. Très sérieux.
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    Mabdana August 3, 2019

    Response by seller
    Merci beaucoup pour vos paroles très généreuses. Une évaluation comme la vôtre m'encourage à faire encore plus d'efforts pour offrir un meilleur service à mes acheteurs.

    AM
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    ottimo...venditore onestissimo e preciso
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    user-e114f91 July 29, 2019

    Response by seller

    Sono così felice che, date le circostanze, mi abbia lasciato una valutazione così positiva. È molto gentile da parte tua.

    Spero che apprezzerai l'orologio; è eccezionale.

    Cordiali saluti

    Anthony
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    Very god delivery😎👍🇸🇪
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    Bombi1951 July 23, 2019

    Response by seller
    I am glad you were pleased with the delivery but how did you find that fabulous and very rare watch?

    AM
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    Prima horloge
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    user-5e2a54e July 14, 2019

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    l'oggetto non e' male ma le sue condizioni non sono ottimali il bilanciere (di difficilissima sostituzione ) e' in condizioni pessime e disassato quindi in pessime condizioni di utilizzo
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    gmauro1954 July 12, 2019

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    OROLOGIO RICEVUTO. PERFETTO, GRAZIE.
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    user-9d0bd93 July 1, 2019

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    Trustworthy and professional! Watch in reality better than visible on fotos. Totally recommended!
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    ronald950 June 25, 2019

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    La description correspond à l'article, super emballage ! entièrement satisfait de mon acquisition...
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    PhilippeHuque June 21, 2019

    Response by seller
    Merci beaucoup pour vos paroles aimables. Ce type d’évaluation m’incite à travailler encore plus dur en ce qui concerne la préparation, la description et l’expédition des montres que je vends.
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    La spedizione è arrivatA nei tempi stabiliti e con imballaggio perfetto. L'orologio è corrispondente alla descrizione ed è perfettamente funzionante. Molto soddisfatto dell'acquisto.
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    user-c1ecfe5 June 20, 2019

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    Het horloge ziet er perfect uit, was goed verpakt. De meegezonden informatie over oude horloges getuigt van zorgvuldigheid.
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    babar2 June 18, 2019

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    Prima horloge in uitstekende staat
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    user-5e2a54e June 18, 2019

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    Very beautiful Officer's Dress Watch Nivada from the year 1943/4. Protection and packaging: excellent. Thanks.
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    ARMIN9 June 12, 2019

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    Εξαιρετικά επιμελημένη συσκευασία. Γρήγορη αποστολή. Ακριβής περιγραφή του ρολογιού. Ο πωλητής είναι αξιόπιστος και συνιστάται ανεπιφύλακτα.
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    user-7b072bf June 12, 2019

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    Watch arrived perfectly protected, unable to imagine how to do it better. Exchanges with the vendor were delicious (about the watch but not only). And the Watch is incredible, awesome, stunning....
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    egransjean June 12, 2019

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    I received the watch very soon. It was very well wrapped, with care, everything was perfect.
    Antmat is a very serious and affordable seller.
    The watch works well and is just like in photoes.
    Thank you
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    Mpiac June 11, 2019

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    I received the watch that is in accordance with the announced description.
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    user-7ae133f June 6, 2019

    Response by seller
    I am pleased that all went well, including the watch arriving in good time!

    Enjoy it!!

    AM

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United States $44.77
Austria $29.10
Belgium $32.46
Canada $44.77
China $49.25
Cyprus $32.46
Czech Republic $32.46
Denmark $32.46
Finland $32.46
France $23.51
Germany $32.46
Greece $32.46
Hong Kong, China $44.77
Ireland $32.46
Italy $32.46
Luxembourg $32.46
Netherlands $32.46
Norway $32.46
Poland $32.46
Portugal $32.46
Romania $32.46
Singapore $49.25
Spain $32.46
Sweden $32.46
Switzerland $32.46
Taiwan $49.25
United Kingdom $32.46
Rest of Europe $34.70
Anywhere else $44.77

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