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Charles Stahlberg and partners formed United Clock Company on December 5, 1885 in Peru, Illinois with the goal of manufacturing clocks based on a patented technological innovation by Stahlberg which used lead with brass bushings for plates.
In 1887, the company reorganized as “Western Clock Company” and then went bankrupt and was reorganized by F. W. Matthiessen in 1888 as the “Western Clock Manufacturing Company.”
In 1908, the company was granted a patent for the “Big Ben” alarm clock movement. This movement had a “bell-back” design, which meant the bell mechanism was integral to the clock’s case.
Western Manufacturing Clock Company introduced the Big Ben in 1909.
In 1910, the Big Ben became the first alarm clock advertised nationally, with ads placed in the Saturday Evening Post.
In 1910, The modern trademark of the company, “Westclox,” first appeared on the backs of Big Ben alarm clocks from 1910 to 1917.
The name appeared on Big Ben dials as early in 1911.
Western Manufacturing Clock Company was shortened to “Western Clock Company” in 1912.
The trademark WESTCLOX was officially registered by the company on January 18, 1916.
In 1919, Western Clock Co., Ltd., was incorporated.
In 1931, WESTCLOX merged with Seth Thomas Clock Company.
Both companies became a division of General Time Corporation.
Westclox became known as “Westclox Division of General Time Corporation” in 1936..
THE WESTCLOX MILITARY WATCH
|1968/9 M101 17J
|1968/9 M102 21J
THIS OFFER IS FOR AN ORIGINAL NEAR MINT CONDITION, 1969 21 JEWEL M102 FRENCH JEAMBRUN 26D VERSION OF THE 1968 VIETNAM WAR U.S. MILITARY ISSUED WESTCLOX Mil-W-46374 WITH THE JEAMBRUN 7J 26D .
THIS WESTCLOX WAS MADE FOR DIRECT SALE TO ACTIVE VIETNAM SOLDIERS THROUGH THE PX SYSTEM & THE VIETNAM R&R PROGRAM.
THIS PARTICULAR MODEL WAS SOLD IN HONG KONG IN 1969 [AS RECORDED ON SALES FORM].
|1964 17J HONG KONG||1968 MIL VERSION 7J|
1969 M102 21J HONG KONG
1970 MIL VERSION 7J
THE FACT IS THERE WERE SEVERAL VERSIONS WITH SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT [VERY VERY SLIGHT AS TO AVAILABILITY VS DESIGN CHANGES] DIALS AND CASES CONTAINING ONE OF FOUR MOVEMENTS –DEPENDING ON PRODUCTION YEAR AND CONTRACT.
WESTCLOX HAD A MILITARY WATCH FOR VIETNAM TROOPS FROM 1964 THROUGH 1970. THE MOVEMENTS SEEM TO CHANGE WITH SUPPLIERS RATHER THAN INTENTIONAL DESIGN.
THE 1964 PRIVATE SALE MILITARY ISSUE HAD A SEIKO 17J A-201/A-241, THE 1968 WESTCLOX MIL-W-45374A HAD A FRENCH JEAMBRUN M101/26D 7 JEWEL , AND THE 1970 MILITARY ISSUE HAD A D-407 SEIKO MOVEMENT.
THUS, THE 1968 PX AND R&R VERSION HAD A FRENCH JEAMBRUN M101/26D LIKE THE MILITARY ISSUE, EXCEPT IT HAD 10 MORE JEWELS [17 JEWELS] AND A LARGE CASE WITH SCREW DOWN CASE BACK
1970 MIL. VER. CASE BK
1968 MIL. VER. CASE BK
A FEW RARE WESTCLOX SERIES/VERSIONS FOR THE VIETNAM WAR PX/R&R MARKET WERE CASED LIKE THE RARE WWII OMEGA WATCH WITH SMALL SQUARE MOVEMENT IN ROUND CASE. THIS ENGINEERING EVENT PLACED A LONGER STEM IN HE WATCH. IF MOISTURE TRAVELED THROUGH CROWN [USUALLY 90% OF ALL WATCH DAMAGE USUALLY WAS FROM MINUTE CROWN SEEPAGE!] TRAVELING THE SHORT DISTANCE OF THE STEM RIGHT INTO THE MOVEMENT, THE LONGER STEM WITH MOVEMENT CENTERED, CAUSED ANY MOISTURE TO LAND ON THE INSIDE OF CASE BACK WHERE IS WOULD EVAPORATE THROUGH THE STEM TUBE OVER TIME. IT ACTUALLY WORKED FINE.
THE LINK BELOW WILL OPEN A WINDOW WITH A PAGE SHOWING THE OMEGA VERSION
ADDITIONALLY, IN 1969, BEFORE WESTCLOX COULD UPDATE THEIR DIALS, WESTCLOX RELEASED THE FRENCH JEAMBRUN M102/26D WITH 21 JEWELS. IN HONG KONG, WERE MANY SOLDIERS VISITED ON R&R , WESTCLOX ALSO ADDED A GOLD PLATED MODEL IN LIMITED NUMBERS . BY OFFERING GOLD PLATED CASES AND USING THE 21J MOVEMENTS, THOSE INVESTING IN 17J GOLD FINISH MODELS IN 1969 ACTUALLY RECEIVED THE 21J MODEL.
THE IDEA WAS TO USE THE M102 21J MOVEMENT IN THE GOLD FINISHED CASES. BUT ALL THE DIALS WERE FINISHED WITH THE WORDS AND NUMBERS “17 JEWELS” PLACED ABOVE THE 6 POSITION. THERE WERE NO 21J DIALS AVAILABLE AND DISTRIBUTORS IN PLACES LIKE HONG KONG, ACTUALLY BOUGHT THEIR INVENTORY IN HONG KONG AND SAID INVENTORY WAS ASSEMBLED AND CASED IN HONG KONG! SO WESTCLOX WOULD INTRODUCE A GOLD PLATED MODEL WITH A 21J MOVEMENT AND THEY WOULD BE SOLD AS 17J.!
HERE WE HAVE A STAINLESS STEEL SCREW DOWN CASE BACK. IT IS DETAILED LIKE ALL OTHER WESTCLOX MILITARY WATCHES FROM THE ERA. NOTE THAT THE ORIGINAL STICKER HAS “MOVEMENT FRANCE” [M102 JEAMBRUN 26D 21J] A PRICE OF 22.95 WITH “17J” CLEARLY MARKED.
NOW, I DO NOT KNOW IF THE BUYER ACTUALLY KNEW HE/SHE WAS GETTING 21 INSTEAD OF 17 JEWELS, OR THAT THE COST WA MORE DUE TO THE GOLD FINISH, BUT ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF GOLD CASES W/M102 21J MOVEMENTS WOULD FIND THEIR WAY INTO THE MARKET.
ALL WESTCLOX MILITARY DIALS
1 THROUGH 11
WITH WHITE HOUR & MINUTE HANDS
SWEEP SECONDS HAND
HARDLY MUCH CHANGED FROM 1960 THROUGH 1970
SOME MODELS HAVE A RED ARROW
SWEEP SECOND HAND
BUT THOSE LIKE THIS WESTCLOX
HAVE RADIUM DIALS THAT MATCH THE MILITARY ISSUE!
GOLD FINISH MODEL
WILL BE OFFERED WITH
A BLACK NYLON
NYLON MILITARY STRAP
BECAUSE THIS CASE WAS NOT REPLATED
THIS RARE M102 IS IN NEAR MINT CONDITION
WE WILL PROVIDE THE ORIGINAL
THAT CAME WITH THIS BEAUTY
ORIGINAL STRAP IN MINTY
ORIGINAL GUARANTEE INFO BOOKLET
SIGNED AND DATED
CASE IS IN MINT OVERALL CONDITION
THE NEAR MINT CONDITION MILITARY WESTCLOX OFFERED ABOVE IS A FACTORY GOLD PLATED
IT IS A FACT THAT
ALWAYS EXAMINE CASE BACK
SOME ARE STAMPED
“HONG KONG CASE”
SOME ARE STAMPED
FRANCE OR GERMANY
THE BEST CASES ARE STAMPED
WITHIN A YEAR OF THIS MODEL
INTENTS AND PURPOSES
GSW GSWW MWB
WAS LEFT AS FOUND
THIS IS ONE OF THE TRUE RARE FINDS
BETTER THAN AN OMEGA OR MOVADO
FROM SAME DATE
IT IS RARE
YOU CAN WEAR IT!
MINUTE & HOUR HAND
I DECIDED TO KEEP THIS
AS IT WAS FOUND
IT IS ANOTHER EARLY MODEL
THE 12 AND TRIANGLE MARKERS ARE RADIUM
HAND INSETS ARE RADIUM
DIAL IS WESTCLOX SIGNED
INSIDE CASE BACK IS WESTCLOX SIGNED
THE MOVEMENT IS EXACTLY LIKE
EXCEPT IT SPORTS AN ARROW
WITHIN AN ARROW HALL MARK
21J INSTEAD OF 7J
WE HAVE RESTORED 140 WESTCLOX WATCHES, BOTH US MILITARY ISSUE AND R&R/PX VERSIONS. ONLY THE LARGE R&R/PX VERSIONS WITH WESTCLOX SIGNED HONG KONG CASES HAVE THE ARROW MILITARY DESIGNATION HALL MARK ON MOVEMENT . FURTHER, THIS LOGO WAS ON THE M101 M102 & A-201 VERSIONS WITH 7J, 17J 0R 21J .
MOVEMENT IS A
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 45h
THERE IS A HONG KONG PX/RR VERSION WITH M101 17 JEWEL & M102 21J WITH ARROW IN ARROW DESIGNATION WITH 4 SQUARE HOLDER MOUNTED LIKE THAT OF A WWII OMEGA — NOTE THE LONG STEM AND THE BRASS HOLDER. ANOTHER NOTE. THE CASE IS SAME SIZE AS THE ONE IN THIS OFFER. ADDITIONALLY, THE MOVEMENT IS THE SAME. SO IT IS NOT “HE LOST THE RETAINER RING” TYPE SITUATION, BUT A CLEAR INTENTIONAL CASING. BE SURE YOU CLICK THE LINK AND READ THE FACTS. BTW: THE ABOVE WESTCLOX IS ALSO ONE OF OUR OFFERS…
EXCELLENT – RUNS EXCELLENT
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE YEARS 1961-1965 WHEN THE FIRST US COMBAT FORCES IN VIETNAM WERE MAINLY SPECIAL FORCES – I.E.: GREEN BERETS
FRENCH INDOCHINA Vs VIETNAM:
Before WWII , the French colonized Indochina.[Cambodia Laos Vietnam]. After the outbreak of WWII, the Japanese invaded Indochina but allowed the French to continue to Govern. In 1945 the Japanese, fearing US invasion, rounded up the French and the French “puppet government ” and locked them up in what amounted to concentration camps. During this time, with US assistance, Vietnamese organized guerilla units to harass the Japanese.
At the conclusion of WWII -1945- the French moved back into Vietnam. which led to the French Indochina War –and eventually the halving of Vietnam into South Vietnam [Republic of Chochinchina], under French control, and North Vietnam, eventually under Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh Nationalists– communists.
With the defeat of China’s Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Army in 1949 by the Chinese Communists, the US stepped up support for opposition groups through out Asia. When war breaks out in Korea in 1950, with China jumping in, the US stepped up support for the French in Vietnam fearing a domino effect.
When both China and Russia recognized Ho Chi Minh’s Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Viet Minh Nationalists defeated the French in 1954, the US with UN Support, assisted in the establishment of a government in South Vietnam. By 1959, US military support by way of cash, arms and advisors were stepped up. In fact, the first US casualties in Vietnam occurred in 1959 when two U.S. military advisors, Maj. Dale Buis and Sgt. Chester Ovnand, were killed by Viet Minh guerrillas at Bien Hoa, South Vietnam.
( SEARCH: DIEN BEN PHU. A HISTORIC INCREDIBLE STORY OF THE FRENCH SPECIAL FORCES & THE COMING OF AGE OF GENERAL GIAP AND THE VIET MINH )
U.S. SPECIAL FORCES & CIDG IN SOUTH VIETNAM:
( Civilian Irregular Defense Group )
In April of 1960, the 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces WWII Airborne was reconstituted.
The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) was officially activated in September of 1961 at Fort Brag, North Carolina, &, With the support of President Kennedy, RECEIVED PERMISSION TO WEAR THE GREEN BERET….
By 1962, elements of the 5th Special Forces Group began serving 6 month temporary tours of duty in Vietnam with a mission to advise and train the ARVN & ARVN SP -Vietnamese Special Forces, assist in building relationships with villagers, building schools, infirmaries, providing medical treatment, and creating Civilian Irregular Defense Groups in the villages and hamlets to combat the Viet Cong
[Viet Cong = guerilla fighters in South Vietnam supported and directed by the North Vietnamese / “Viet Minh”- Viet Minh = Vietnam Independence League].
(To better understand what the mission was in 1962, Rent that famous 1968 movie ” Green Beret ” starring John Wayne with its hit Green Beret soundtrack).
While Vietnamese Villagers were recruited into CIDG’s, the Special Forces began to recruit the largest minority group in Vietnam: the Montagnard.
(To better understand rent the 1979 movie “Apocalypse Now” Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. With Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen & Robert Duvall.
The Montagnard. was not an individual TRIBE or SINGLE peoples, rather, it was a term loosely applied to over 100 separate tribes constituting up to one million indigenous primitive mountain people scattered throughout Indochina. They lived in a tribal society that centered their livelihood and way of life on the village and slash-and-burn agriculture; setting them apart from the Vietnamese who inhabited the lowlands.
Though there were unique differences amongst the Montagnard. peoples and villages, the Montagnard. as a whole had an ingrained hatred for the Vietnamese and an a historical desire to be independent and thus, they were more than likely candidates for the US Special Forces.
During the French Indochina War, both sides, the French, and the Viet Minh, worked to win the Montagnard. to their side because they occupied territory of strategic value to what had initially become an insurgency
[(French Indochina: Cambodia Laos Vietnam)- but the term Indochina originally included all areas that were influenced by Indian & Chinese Influence. I.E.: Cambodia Laos Vietnam Peninsular Malaysia Myanmar (Burma) Singapore & Thailand (Siam)]
In 1961, it was estimated that twenty-nine tribes with nearly 200,000 peoples of different cultural characteristic and linguistic patterns lived in villages within the borders of South Vietnam.
The first “TRIBE” to be approached to participate in the CIDG program were the Rhade. The Rhade, numbering around 100,000, were the most influential and strategically located of the Montagnard. tribes in the highlands of Vietnam. Though the largest concentration of Rhade were centered around the village of Ban Me Thuot in Darlac Province, they also had villages in Quang Due, Phu Yen, and Khanh Hoa Provinces.
By April of 1962, a twelve-man U.S. Special Forces A detachment , with the assistance of the U.S. & Vietnamese Special Forces, incorporated forty Rhade villages into the CIDG ( Civilian Irregular Defense Group ) program.
By June of 1963, the U.S. Special Forces had trained close to 11,000 strike force and 40,000 hamlet militia from over 800 villages in border surveillance and mountain scout programs, which included ambushes, reconnaissance patrols, and combat patrols. With enough strike force troops, they switched from training to military operations against the Viet Cong..
By 1964, the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, with an authorized strength of 1,297, expanded their organization to face the new mission head on — to seek out and destroy the Viet Cong. This direct confrontation required a change of troop commitment from a 6 month temporary deployment to a one-year permanent change of station.
Before the massive commitment of U.S. conventional forces to South Vietnam in 1965/66, the U.S. Special Forces conducted counterinsurgency programs to destroy the Viet Cong, create secure environments and assist in establishing governmental control over the population–which included enlisting the Vietnam villagers active support of government’s programs.
By 1965 full deployment was completed with the main operational base headquartered at Nha Trang, and operational units deployed throughout South Vietnam to 270 established and manned camps and locations. From these locations, the forces of the civilian irregular defense groups, including the Montagnard., as well as the regular units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Vietnam were trained and led.
Though the 5th Special Forces Group Airborne was one of the smallest units during the entire Vietnam War,it’s soldiers were among the highest decorated — which include seventeen Medal Medals of Honor,– and gathered twenty campaign streamers to their Colors.
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