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TARAWA
SEIKOSHA
MILITARY TIMER



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FOB

*THOUGH SMOOTH A FLEXIBLE LIKE CLOTH THE PATTERN WHICH IS NATURAL LOOKS LIKE SHARK OR STING RAY. WE BELIEVE IT IS STINGRAY FROM SOUTH PACIFIC    AND MAY HAVE BEEN PART OF THE PIECE ITSELF WITH BADGE ADDED IN 1950

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THIS WWII SEIKOSHA MILITARY TIMER
HAS  RARE TRULY FEATURES

1- NOTE THE HANDS, SUPER RARE. JUST GOOGLE MILITARY TIMERS
THEY ARE NOT BROKEN, BUT FACTORY SHORTENED

2- NOTE THIS TIMER IS NOT A TEN SECOND GROUND SPEED NAVIGATION TIMER
IT IS NOT A 60 SECOND DECIMAL TIMER
IT IS NOT A 30 SECOND TIMER

IT IS THE SUPER RARE 15 SECOND TIMER
USED BY THE JAPANESE ARTILLERY

THE HANDS ARE SHORTENED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE
TOP ROTATION COUNTER HAND

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WESTERN TECHNOLOGY
AND EARLY IMPERIAL JAPANESE WATCHES

Kintaro Hattori

  • 881 -- Kintaro Hattori opens the watch and jewelry shop "K. Hattori" (Hattori Tokaiten in Japanese; currently named Seiko Holdings Corporation) in the Ginza area of Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1892 -- Seikosha is established in Tokyo as the clock manufacturing arm of K. Hattori.

  • 1917 -- K. Hattori becomes a company (K. Hattori & Co., Ltd.).
  • 1937 -- The watch production division of Seikosha is split off as Daini Seikosha Co., Ltd. ( "Daini" = "The Second" Seikosha).
  • 1942 -- Daiwa Kogyo, Ltd. is founded in Suwa, Nagano by Hisao Yamazaki.
  • 1943 -- Daini Seikosha establishes a factory in Suwa for manufacturing watches with Daiwa Kogyo.

FROM 1854 TO 1917,  JAPAN HAD SHED HER ANCIENT OUT-DATED WAYS AND MOVED WITH UNEXPECTED FORCE INTO THE MODERN WORLD BY BUILDING HER OWN ARMAMENTS, SHIPS, PLANES AND HAD EVEN  IMPROVED UPON THE ADVANCEMENTS OF THE MODERNIZED WORLD.

AFTER THE 1904-05 JAPANESE ANNIHILATION  AND HUMILIATING  OF  A VAUNTED AND POWERFUL RUSSIAN FLEETS, SHE HAD BECOME A WELCOME TREATY PARTNER OF THE USA, BRITAIN AND HE WORLD AT LARGE.

 JAPAN WAS  AWARDED KOREA  BY THE WORLD POWERS. IN FACT, RUSSIAN COLONIAL EXPANSION INTO KOREA AND MANCHURIA WERE A DIRECT CAUSE OF THE JAPAN-RUSSIA WAR .

BY 1917, JAPAN BEGAN SENDING ENGINEERS AND BUSINESS MEN OUT TO THE WESTERN WORLD  IN SEARCH OF WESTERN TECHNOLOGY. JAPAN WOULD INVEST IN WESTERN TECHNOLOGY AND EVEN INVITE WESTERN COMPANIES AND THEIR PRODUCTS TO JAPAN. 

THUS, JAPAN, TO IMPROVE HER CAPABILITIES TO PRODUCE MODERN  SHIPS, PLANES AND MECHANICAL DEVICES INCLUDING WATCHES,  INVITED SWISS AND AMERICAN WATCH COMPANIES TO JAPAN. MANY COMPANIES, WITH A DESIRE TO OPEN JAPANESE MARKETS TO THEIR PRODUCTS, BEGAN TO ADVERTISE IN JAPAN AND THE USA  AS THE BELOW 1917 ADD BY WALTHAM WATCH COMPANY ATTESTS TO

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AS THESE COMPANIES SHIPPED THEIR GOODS, JAPAN EXAMINED THEM. AND, JUST LIKE JAPAN HAD MOVED FROM FIRING THE FIRST WESTERN CANON IN 1870 THEY BEGAN TO BUILD AND ARMING THEIR OWN SHIPS, SHIPS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO DESTROY TWO RUSSIAN FLEETS ONLY 30 YEARS LATER, THE JAPANESE "BORROWED TECHNOLOGY" FROM THE WESTERN WATCH MANUFACTURERS..

BY 1917, DAINI SEIKOSHA, THE MAIN JAPANESE WATCH AND CLOCK COMPANY,  HAD AGREEMENTS WITH THE MOST ADVANCED WATCH COMPANIES IN SWITZERLAND AND THE UNITED STATES. DAINI SEIKOSHA WOULD IMPROVE UPON THE WESTERN TECHNOLOGY BEING SOLD IN JAPAN AND DEVELOP THEIR OWN "NEW" WATCHES.. 


BY 1933,  JAPAN BEGAN TO SEE HERSELF ON EQUAL GROUND TO THE WORLD POWERS. NATIONALISM AND MILITARISM WERE AT THE FRONT OF HER AGENDA. JAPAN  BEGAN FLEXING HER NAVAL POWER AND EXPANDING IN A WAY THAT THREATENED THE U.S. AND HER EUROPEAN ALLIES. 

THE DIAL IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, WHAT YOU SEE BETWEEN 6 AND 7 IS MARKS ON THE CRYSTAL . GSW/GSWW HAS NEW REPLACEMENTS, BUT THIS ONE IS THE ORIGINAL CELLULOID CRYSTAL. YOU CANNOT BUY THEM

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IN 1936 JAPAN THEN PULLED OUT OF THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS AND RENOUNCED THE WASHINGTON AND LONDON NAVEL TREATIES IN ORDER TO SECRETLY DEVELOP A NEW CLASS OF BATTLE SHIP CALLED THE YAMATO CLASS; A CLASS  OF BATTLESHIP THAT WAS THE LARGEST AND MOST FORTIFIED AND GUNNED SHIP IN HISTORY.

ON 15 JANUARY 1936, JAPAN WITHDREW FROM THE LONDON NAVEL CONFERENCE WHERE TALKS WERE TO PROCEED ON ARM REDUCTION--PRIMARILY ON BATTLESHIPS.

THUS IN 1936, A WORLD WIDE ARMS RACE HAD BEGUN WITH BATTLE SHIPS BEING THE PRIMARY WEAPON OF CHOICE. FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY, ENGLAND AND THE US IMMEDIATELY  BEGAN PLANS FOR LARGER MORE POWERFUL BATTLESHIPS..

BY 1937, JAPAN WAS CONDUCTING AN UNDECLARED WAR IN CHINA WHILE EXPANDING HER POWER INTO THE PACIFIC OCEAN ; AN OCEAN THE  WOULD SOON BECOME A BATTLE GROUND AND IT'S ISLANDS BASES STOCKED WITH JAPANESE MILITARISM.

IT WAS THE WAR WITH CHINA AND JAPAN'S EMPIRE BUILDING IN KOREA, MANCHURIA AND THE PACIFIC OCEAN THAT FED ITS DEMAND FOR RAW MATERIALS SUCH AS  OIL, RUBBER, MINERALS, STEEL, IRON AND OTHER RESOURCES THAT HAD BEEN BLOCKADED BY THE US AND GREAT BRITAIN. 

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THE CASE BACK IS ORIGINAL.
THE TRENCH ART STATES

TARAWA - USMC - 11 23 43

AND HAS AN ATTACHED
 US-ARMY BADGE 

THE BATTLE WAS CARRIED MOSTLY BY THE USMC
AND  A US ARMY DIVISION
A TRULY UNIQUE AND AWESOME RARE FIND
GSW GSWW SPENDS HOURS AND HOURS SEEKING PIECES LIKE THIS BEAUTY

 

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The Rise Of Japan
1905 - 1945

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While  Manchuria , along with other borderlands of the Chinese Empire such as Mongolia and Tibet, came under the influence of colonial powers such as Britain which nibbled at Tibet, France at Hainan and Germany at Shandong, the Russians encroached upon Turkestan and Outer Mongolia, and g annexed Outer Manchuria. Inner Manchuria also came under strong Russian influence with the building of the Chinese Eastern Railway through Harbin to Vladivostok

Yet, when Japan defeated Russia, and began its expansion, the world , mainly the US and GB, began to call for blockades and sanctions and eventually cut off all of the exports of  natural resources that Japan required. Thus Japan began to expand into domains of the colonial powers in quest  of feeding its needs.

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Japanese General Kuroki and his staff, including
foreign officers and war correspondents 1904

AfTER THE  Russo-Japanese War the European powers and the United States recognized Japan as a colonial power and a  valuable ally during World War I., In Japan, this led to the rise of ultra-right wing and nationalist leaders, such as Fumimaro Konoe and Sadao Araki, who advocated uniting Asia under the rule of the emperor. Known as hakk˘ ichiu, this philosophy gained ground during the 1920s and 1930s as Japan needed increasingly more natural resources to support its industrial growth.

Japan entered World War I in 1914, seizing the opportunity of Germany's distraction with the European War to expand its sphere of influence in China and the Pacific. Japan declared war on Germany on August 23, 1914. Japanese and allied British Empire forces soon moved to occupy Tsingtao fortress, the German East Asia Squadron base, German-leased territories in China's Shandong Province as well as the Marianas, Caroline, and Marshall Islands in the Pacific, which were part of German New Guinea. The Siege of Tsingtao and a swift invasion in the German territory of Jiaozhou (Kiautschou), proved successful and the colonial troops surrendered on November 7, 1914. Japan then gained the German holdings.

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HERE YOU CAN SEE THE DAMAGE ON CRYSTAL

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Terauchi Masatake
Prime Minister of Japan
1916-1918

 In July 1918, President Wilson asked the Japanese government to supply 7000 troops as part of an international coalition of 25,000 troops planned to support the American Expeditionary Force Siberia. (the western powers acting against the Russian Revolution) Prime Minister Terauchi Masatake agreed to send 12,000 troops, but under the Japanese command rather than as part of an international coalition

To keep the economy growing, an emphasis was placed on arms and weapons production with much of the raw materials coming from the United States. Rather than continue this dependence on foreign materials, the Japanese decided to seek out resource-rich colonies to supplement their existing possessions in Korea and Formosa.

Manchuria was (and still is) an important region for its rich mineral and coal reserves, and its soil is perfect for soy and barley production. For pre-World War II Japan, Manchuria was an essential source of raw materials. Without occupying Manchuria, the Japanese probably could not have carried out their plan for conquest over Southeast Asia or taken the risk to attack Pearl Harbor on the 7th of December, 1941

Manchuria was (and still is) an important region for its rich mineral and coal reserves, and its soil is perfect for soy and barley production. For pre-World War II Japan, Manchuria was an essential source of raw materials. Without occupying Manchuria, the Japanese probably could not have carried out their plan for conquest over Southeast Asia or taken the risk to attack Pearl Harbor on the 7th of December, 1941

Around the time of World War I, Zhang Zuolin established himself as a powerful warlord with influence over most of Manchuria. He was inclined to keep his Manchu army under his control and to keep Manchuria free of foreign influence. The Japanese tried to kill him in 1916 by throwing a bomb under his carriage, but failed. The Japanese finally succeeded on June 2, 1928, when a planted bomb exploded under his seven-carriage train a few miles from Mukden station.

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As his brother Emperor Puyi was without a direct heir,, HIS YOUNGER BROTHER, Prince Pujie, was regarded first in line to succeed the Manchukuo throne, and the Japanese officially proclaimed him as heir apparent. He l went to Japan for studies. After graduation from the Imperial Japanese Army Academy, Pujie agreed to an arranged marriage with a Japanese noblewoman. Pujie selected Lady Hiro Saga (1914-1987), who was a relative of the Japanese Imperial Family from a photograph from a number of possible candidates vetted by the Kwantung Army.   the wedding had strong political implications, and was aimed at both fortifying relations between the two nations and introducing Japanese blood into the Manchurian Imperial family.

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A Japanese propaganda poster for the Tripartite Pact:
"Good friends in three countries".
(left AdOolf HiItler, center Fumimaro Konoe, right Benito Mussolini)

On September 22, 1940, taking advantage of France's defeat that summer, Japanese troops occupied French Indochina. Five days later, the Japanese signed the Tripartite Pact effectively forming an alliance with Germany and Italy and within 14 months would launch a devestating preemptive strike against the USA in Hawaii.

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TARAWA
THE MARCH TO THE HOME ISLANDS
 

FLAME THROWER
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Since the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, the Japanese had successfully gained control of most of the central Pacific strategic islands and had two years to reinforce these critical strategic "zones"; including the Tarawa Atoll. They also built operational airfields or took them over, with command of air fields, the Japanese believed they could maintain control of air and sea surrounding some of the most strategic Islands in the Pacific; thereby holding the Americans at bay long enough to secure materials, oil and other commodities necessary to sustaining the war.

In the USA, after the *6 month Guadalcanal victory. the Joint Chiefs of Staff assigned the code name GALVANIC to a campaign to capture Tarawa, Makin, and Apamama in the Gilberts. The 2d Marine Division was assigned Tarawa and Apamama (a company-sized operation); the Army's 165th Regimental Combat Team of the 27th Infantry Division would take Makin.

Thus the Battle of Tarawa was for the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands in the Pacific Theater during World War II. It would be the first American offensive in the critical central Pacific region. Operation Galvanic would consume more than 1,000 U.S. troops killed and 2,000 wounded in it's 72 hours of life.

Collectively, 6,400 Japanese, Koreans, and Americans would die in the fighting.


*The Guadalcanal Campaign, also known as the Battle of Guadalcanal and code named
Operation Watchtower by Allied forces, was a military campaign fought between
7 August 1942 and 9 February 1943

CEMETERY
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CASE IS NICKEL PLATED
THE WEAR IS FROM ACTUAL USE AND NOT AGE
AN EXTREMELY POSITIVE STATEMENT

THE FOB CONNECTOR AND CHAIN

IF IT IS A EUROPEAN  US OR BRITISH,
IT WAS MORE THAN LIKELY SILVER OR CHROME PLATED

WE BELIEVE IT IS JAPANESE AND WAS NICKEL PLATED

THE JAPANESE UTILIZED MORE NICKEL THAN CHROME EITHER SOLID OR PLATED DUE TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF CHROME PLATING. NICKEL IS SIMPLER . ALSO THE AMOUNT OF CHEMICALS AND COSTLY MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT REQUIRED ADDITIONAL IMPORTS HAG

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TRANSPORTS
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THE JAPANESE

Betio, 2,400 miles southwest of Pearl Harbor, is the largest island in the Tarawa Atoll. A small, flat island with a southern lagoon and shaped like a long, thin triangle, the tiny island is but two miles long and only 800 yards wide at the widest point and home to the bulk of the Japanese Defenders.

On this narrow island a long pier was constructed from the north shore from which cargo ships could unload in the protection of the lagoon. The northern coast of the island faces into the lagoon, while the southern and western sides face the deep waters of the open ocean.

The Japanese military worked intensely for nearly a year to fortify the Tarawa. 1,247 men of the 111th Pioneers - similar to the U.S. Navy Seabee, another 970 men from a Navy construction Battalion, and 1200 Korean forced laborers, built a system of bombproof shelters made of coconut logs braced with angle irons and roofs 6 feet thick and covered with sand, logs and corrugated iron.

Only heavy-caliber armor-piercing or other delayed-action shells penetrated them. Compartmented, these shelters allowed the defenders protection from grenades and explosives hurled through the openings. Add 500 pillboxes, bunkers and other strong points occupied by some of Japan's most trained and aggressive soldiers, it was in fact a modern fortress.

When a diversionary Makin Island raid in August 1942 was completed, the Japanese were made aware of the vulnerability and strategic significance of the Gilbert Islands. The 6th okosuka Special Naval Landing Force arrived to further reinforce the island in February 1943.

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CASE BEZEL IS IN GREAT SHAPE
NOTE THE FOB LOOKS LIKE CLOTH
IT IS  IN EXCELLENT WEARABLE CONDITION

*THOUGH SMOOTH A FLEXIBLE LIKE CLOTH THE PATTERN WHICH IS NATURAL LOOKS LIKE SHARK OR STING RAY. WE BELIEVE IT IS STINGRAY FROM SOUTH PACIFIC  AND MAY HAVE BEEN PART OF THE PIECE ITSELF WITH BADGE ADDED IN 1950

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PRISONERS
ONLY 17 JAPANESE WOULD SURVIVE
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All this was combined at Tarawa by the fortification through fire power:

a- hundreds of guns, including a "system" of heavy machine guns behind coconut logs, sand, concrete and armored plate.

b- 14 heavy coastal defense guns; with underground ammunition storage and fire control systems.

c- 25, 37-mm and 75-mm field guns in shelters immune to direct hits from all but the largest guns.

d- Anti-aircraft guns.


Now, remember, though this island was small, it was a literal bee hive of defensive firepower. Various even smaller surrounding the battle site made attacking such a small, tight well defended target seem impossible. It was the first time in the war that the United States faced serious Japanese opposition to an amphibious landing. The 4,500 Japanese defenders were well supplied, prepared, and they fought almost to the last man.

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HERE WE SEE THE USMC BADGE
WE DID NOT CLEAN TREAT OR ALTER THIS FOB OR BADGE
WE ARE LEANING TOWARDS THIS COMBINATION BEING
ORIGINAL TO THE JAPANESE OWNER.
 WITH BADGE ADDED BY USMC SOLDIER

*THOUGH SMOOTH A FLEXIBLE LIKE CLOTH THE PATTERN WHICH IS NATURAL LOOKS LIKE SHARK OR STING RAY. WE BELIEVE IT IS STINGRAY FROM SOUTH PACIFIC  AND MAY HAVE BEEN PART OF THE PIECE ITSELF WITH BADGE ADDED IN 1950

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Army LtGen.Robert Richardson would be quoted as saying:

"Tarawa was the most heavily defended atoll that would ever be invaded by Allied forces in the Pacific."

Command for the plans for defense was Rear Admiral Tomanari Sichero, an experienced engineer who directed further construction of the sophisticated defensive structures on Betio.

The 6th Yokosuka became a garrison force, and the unit's identification was changed to the 3rd Special Base Defense Force. The primary goal in the Japanese defensive scheme was to stop the attackers in the water or pin them on the beaches. His ace players, the highly trained, tenacious, fighting spirited Special Naval Landing Forces (U,S.Marines would be surprised at the ferocity of the defenders on Betio).

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*THOUGH SMOOTH A FLEXIBLE LIKE CLOTH THE PATTERN WHICH IS NATURAL LOOKS LIKE SHARK OR STING RAY. WE BELIEVE IT IS STINGRAY FROM SOUTH PACIFIC    AND MAY HAVE BEEN PART OF THE PIECE ITSELF WITH BADGE ADDED IN 1950

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INVASION PERSONAL FORCES:

To insure the opportunity for victory the American military would assemble the largest force for a single action to that date. Consisting of 17 aircraft carriers (6 CVs, 5 CVLs, and 6 CVEs), 12 battleships, 8 heavy cruisers, 4 light cruisers, 66 destroyers, and 36 transport ships. On board the transports was the 2nd Marine Division and a part of the Army's 27th Infantry Division, for a total of about 35,000 troops.


The 5th Amphibious Corps under Marine Major General Holland M. "Howlin' Mad" Smith was chosen as Commander of the main landing forces.

The 2nd Marine Division under Major General Julian C. Smith would carry out the landing on Tarawa Atoll, specifically Betio Island, which was selected as the main target because it contained the airfield and the bulk of the Japanese defenses.

TARAWA
2 MILES BY 800 YARDS

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WE CLEANED THE CASE / BACK / BOW
BUT DID NOT BUFF IT
AND
SORRY
WE CANNOT BUFF IT
IT SHOULD BE LEFT AS IS
LOOKS LIKE SALT WATER CAUSED THE COPPER
BLEEDING. BECAUSE CASE IS BRASS
WITH NICKEL PLATING

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The 2nd Marine Division .

Prior to Tarawa, the 2nd Marine Division were recuperating from their 6 month campaign on Guadalcanal, They had been withdrawn to New Zealand for rest and recuperation while their losses were replaced. The main reason was that the men were given a chance to recover from the malaria and other illnesses that weakened them through the fighting in the Solomon's.

Army's 27th Infantry Division

Then came part of the U,S. Army's 27th Infantry Division under Major General Ralph C. Smith who would take Makin Atoll, 100 miles north of Tarawa on a line to the Marshals.
and a part of the Army's 27th Infantry Division, for a total of about 35,000 troops.

[CONFUSION? THREE COMMANDERS ALL NAMED SMITH]

SEA WALL OF BODIES
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THOUGH SMOOTH A FLEXIBLE LIKE CLOTH THE PATTERN WHICH IS NATURAL LOOKS LIKE SHARK OR STING RAY. WE BELIEVE IT IS STINGRAY FROM  FROM SOUTH PACIFIC AND MAY HAVE BEEN PART OF THE PIECE ITSELF WITH BADGE ADDED IN 1950

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The plan: Land Marines on the North Beaches

The air strip, running roughly east-west, divided the island into north and south.


Divide beaches into three sections:

far west of the island: Red Beach 1
center just west of the pier: Red Beach 2
the east of the pier: Red Beach 3

There was a contingency landing beach called Green Beach on the western shoreline
Green Beach was used for the D+1 landings.
Another two called Black Beaches 1 and 2 made up the southern shore of the island
and were not used.

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NOTE THE PATTERN?
IS NOT STAMPED

THE HOLDER WITH RIVET LOOKS LIKE
IT BELONGS BUT MAY HAVE BEEN ADDED
THE JAPANESE WERE SKILLED IN
THE ART OF PRESERVING LEATHER
AND EXOTIC SKINS


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SUICIDE
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THE BATTLE
Nov. 20, 1943

As the invasion flotilla began to arrive in the predawn hours of Nov. 20, 1943, the island's four 8 inch guns opened fire. A duel of heavy guns began from the response of the battleships Colorado and Maryland commencing counter-battery fire.

Accurate counter-battery fire delivered 16 inch shells that found their mark, some penetrating the ammunition storage for one of the guns. The huge explosion as the ordnance went up in a massive fireball killed maimed and wounded. Soon 3 of the four guns were knocked out of action.leaving the approach to the lagoon open.

Mean while, because the Japanese communication lines had been laid shallow, they were quickly destroyed in the naval bombardment effectively preventing Commander Keiji Shibazaki any direct control of his troops. To counter this mishap in the mid-afternoon he and his staff decided to abandon the central concrete command post post west of the airfield, and move to the south side of the island in attempt to gain communications. As he was making his move in the open, a 5" naval artillery shell exploded in his midst. Commander Keiji Shibazaki and most of his headquarters personnel and staff were killed.

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BRASS THAT ONCE WAS CHROMED OR NICKEL PLATED
IF EUROPEAN BRITISH OR AMERICAN
SILVER OR CHROME
IF JAPANESE IT WAS NICKEL

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An air attack followed and then a huge naval bombardment was sustained for the next three hours.

Mine sweepers escorted by destroyers providing cover fire entered the lagoon and cleared the shallows of mines.

A guide light from one of the sweepers began guiding the landing craft into the lagoon.

The Marines landed on Betio's northwest shore and started their attack from the lagoon. By noon the Marines had successfully taken the beach to the first line of Japanese defenses. Though there were some break-throughs, the force was still at the first line of defenses.

Tanks began to offload and appear on the beaches and by nightfall the line was a short distance from the main runway about half-way across the island.

Marines held a thin line and knew as they battled that the next day the forces on Red Beach 2 and 3 would push inward and attempt to divide the Japanese defenders into two sections, while expanding the bulge near the airfield until it reached the southern shore.

Those forces on Red 1 were directed to secure Green beach for the landing of reinforcements. Green beach made up the entire western end of the island.

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NOTE THE PATTERN?
IS NOT STAMPED

THE HOLDER WITH RIVET LOOKS LIKE
IT BELONGS BUT MAY HAVE BEEN ADDED
THE JAPANESE WERE SKILLED IN
THE ART OF PRESERVING LEATHER
AND EXOTIC SKINS

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NOTE THE BADGE BACK
HAS SOME AGED ACTION
AND
LIGHT REACTION
 AND
CORROSION
GOING ON
WE DID NOT CLEAN
AND
RECOMMEND YOU DO NOT CLEAN

IT IS FINE

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On Nov. 21

The 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, fight their way in to reinforce the beachhead. 6,500 Marines had been landed at Betio by the end of the first day with 1500 killed or wounded.

While this is occurring, US Navy Intelligence ***intercepts the Japanese defenders of Betio sending a final, desperate message that included the facts that "their weapons had been destroyed, and they were attempting "a final charge".

[**the us had cracked the Japanese code long before and pretty much knew every major Japanese move before it occurred. the battles of Midway Coral Sea and the Solomon's all benefited with advantage knowledge]

A Japanese submarine sinks the Liscome Bay, One of the 17 supporting aircraft carriers, She went down with 687 of her personal more than 30% of the total loss of life on the American side attributed to the Battle of Tarawa.

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LAST DAY
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IMAGINE 20,000 MEN DUELING ON THIS SPEC OF HELL

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On Nov 22

Thus, on the night of the 22, when the Japanese began a bonsai effort with no holds barred, screaming "death rather than surrender", the men defending their landings were ready...

Though small units were sent to infiltrate the U.S. lines in preparation for a full-scale assault. The assembling forces were broken up by concentrated artillery fire, and the assault never took place.

Another attempt was made at 23:00 and met with some success. App 300 Japanese troops launched a banzai charge into the lines of A and B Companies. Receiving support from 1/10's 75mm pack howitzers and the destroyers USS Schroeder and USS Sigsbee

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VICTORY
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, the Marines were able to beat back the attack but only after calling artillery to within 75 meters of their lines.

US forces would beat the charges back and moved steadily forward as he Japanese-held portion of Betio diminished radically.

On the morning dawn of November 23, 3rd Battalion 6th Marines was storming the eastern end of the island when dawn's early light revealed heaps of tangled mounds, remnants of of the previous nights Bonzai attacks to the exhausted Marines and GI's.

All but 17 Japanese soldiers defending Betio had survived.


Seventy-six hours after the invasion began, Betio was finally declared secure.


For the next several days the 2nd Battalion 6th Marines cleared the area of any hiding Japanese.


On November 28. The 2nd Marine Division started shipping out soon after and were completely withdrawn by early 1944.

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THE MOVEMENT IS ORIGINAL
BUT REQUIRED PARTS FROM A
SIMILAR 99.00 EBAY "PARTS" TIMER

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Of 3,636 Japanese in the garrison, one officer and sixteen enlisted men surrendered.

Of the 1,200 Korean laborers brought to Tarawa to construct defenses, 129 survived.

4,690 island's defenders were killed.

2nd Marine Division killed in action 894
48 officers / 846 enlisted
Survived died of Major Wounds 84
8 officers / 76 enlisted men
wounded survived 2,188
102 officers / 2,086 enlisted

12,000 2nd Marine Division Marines Tarawa
3,166 officers and men became casualty

Heavy casualties spark public protest. Headline reports of the high losses could not be understood for such a small and seemingly unimportant island.
Public reaction further aggravated by the unguardedly frank comments of General H.M. Smith
General Holland M. Smith, commander of the V Amphibious Corps, touring the beaches after the battle
"likened the losses to Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg"

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RUNS PERFECT?
REMEMBER TIMERS MUST BE TUNED BOTH MECHANICALLY
AND THROUGH SERVICE ADJUSTMENT AND TIMING
60  30  15  10
SECONDS
MEANS THE BALANCE HAIRSPRING AND MAIN SPRING
ARE UNIQUE TO EACH TYPE OF TIMER
10 SECOND TIMERS MADE IN USA WERE CALLED JITTERBUGS
BECAUSE THE BALANCE IS SO SMALL IT MOVES BACK AND FORTH
SO RAPID ITS NOISE IS THAT OF A JITTERBUG ON STEROIDS.
I HAVE NEVER ACTUALLY MEASURED ONE BUT THEY SEEM TO BE 1/4 INCH!



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OVER 6000 DIED ON THIS ATOLL IN THREE DAYS
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THIS BEAUTY AWESOME
NO MARS OR MARKS ON INTERIOR CASE BACK
 "SKS" AND SERIAL

LIKE IT SHOULD

AFTER OVERHAUL
 

ORIGINAL CELLULOID CRYSTAL

NOTE THE SWISS BARS
AND BALANCE WHICH
IS PHYSICALLY
SIZED FOR 15
NEW BALANCE COCK
NEW MAINSPRING

 

DIAL BACK IS ORIGINAL MILITARY GRADE
NOTE THE CIRCLES
BOTH FEET ARE ATTACHED

NOTE THE PARTS
THIS PICTURE SHOWS PARTS
FROM THE 99.00 SEIKOSHA EBAY BUY
NOTE BALANCE?
NOTE THE THE BALANCE RING ?
COMPARED TO THE HEAVIER
15 SECOND TIMER BALANCE ABOVE
 

 BOTH THE 30 AND 15 SECOND TIMER
HAD 75% OF THEIR PARTS SIMILAR
EVEN  USED SAME MAIN SPRING!

THE BALANCE ASSEMBLIES ARE TOTALLY DIFFERENT
 

 

NOS MAIN SPRING

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT WITH NATURAL VINTAGE WEAR
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME

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WITH YOUR INVESTMENT YOU RECEIVE:

C) FREE A ONE YEAR GSW LIMITED WARRANTY

D) 540.00 PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE **APPRAISAL

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APPRAISALS ARE STORED ON A GSW DEDICATED SERVER APPRAISAL WEBSITE WHERE YOU MAY DOWN-LOAD, COPY-TO OR FORWARD TO YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY OR JEWELERS MUTUAL ONLINE 24/7


PLEASE WRITE OR CALL 800 438 6894 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS!!

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KM & PANZER PARA

JAPANESE WWII NAVY

SEIKOSHA SUB TIMER

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RCAF WWII

TRENCH

TRENCH

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WYLER GERMAN WWII

WWII HELBROS 24HR

JAPANESE WWII CHRONO
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SEIKOSHA CHRONO

WWII NAVY SUB TIMER

WWII SEIKOSHA


ABOVE RED MEANS THEY ARE GONE

UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE all watches offered by GSW have been SERVICED. Some required REPAIR AND RESTORATION! Normal Servicing of Mechanical Watches by an EXPERT PROFESSIONAL will run between $180.00 to 580.00, depending on the complication of the movement and that is WITHOUT parts that may be required. SERVICING means DISASSEMBLING THE ENTIRE WATCH AND MOVEMENT, CLEANING SAME, OILING, LUBING AND REASSEMBLING, timing and Sealing. RESTORATION is a separate service from SERVICING and may include CRYSTAL, DIAL, HANDS, CASE, LUGS and BAND. So, WHEN YOU VIEW VINTAGE AND CLASSIC WATCHES OFFERED BY OTHER VENDORS/DEALERS, the question is: WAS THE WATCH SERVICED?


All watches, from mechanical to quartz devices, require periodic cleaning and inspection. GSW provides both cleaning and repair services with our main specialty that of restoring and repairing classic & vintage watches. GSW has established parts accounts with the oldest watch parts houses in the world as well as a network of watch dealers and repair centers around the world. GSW also provides dial restoration services. In addition to servicing new, vintage & classic watches, we also service high grade wristwatches. Think of your watch as you would a fine automobile, it is worth maintaining as it will increase your pleasure of ownership and also enhance the resale or trade-in value. If you plan on passing your watch on to the next generation, skilled periodic maintenance will be greatly appreciated in the future. Visit our studio gallery online for info on restoring or repairing your watch and call for 50% discounts from our advertised pricing!