Original U.S. WWII 1944 Army Air Force B-17 Navigator Type A-8 Jitterbug Stopwatch by Elgin with Box

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The Type A-8 was a navigation stopwatch designed for timing ground speed meters for determining the velocity of aircraft relative to the ground. One revolution of the Type A-8 hand was equivalent to ten seconds. The dial was white on early Wittnauer Type A-8 watches and black on Elgin watches produced from 1940 onward. Elgin, Waltham, the Federal Television Corp. and Aristo Import Co. manufactured Type A-8 stopwatches under military specification MIL-W-6510. Under MIL-W-6510, continuous running movements were required to have not less than 15 jewels and the non-continuous movements were required to have not less than 9 jewels.

This is a wonderful condition fully functional 100% authentic 1942 dated aircraft navigator's Watch, Navigation (Ground Speed) Stopwatch, Type A-8, made by ELGIN for the U.S. Army Air Corps. Type A-8 stopwatches were used in any WWII aircraft with a navigator, such as heavy (B-17, B-24, B-29) and medium bombers (B-25, B-26) and large transports (C-46, C-47, C-54).

The outer ring of the dial counts up to 10 seconds and the inner dial located at the standard 12:00 position count up to 10 minutes of the 10-second revolutions. The A-8 was known as the jitterbug because of the loud and fast ticking of the balance at 144,000 beats per hour. Yep, just try to hear that over the cacophony of multiple radial engines.

The back is nicely but faintly marked:

SPEC. NO. 94-27749
SER. NO. AC-42-9571
ORD NO. W535AC-28071

Serial # AC-42-9571 indicates year of manufacture as 1942.

Also included is the original cardboard box with manufacturer's label and U.S. Army inspection and testing stamps. The serial 42-9571 is written in period ink, meaning this box was the one originally issued with the watch. The first Army inspection stamp is dated Nov 30 1942, the second storage date stamp in NOV 30 1944. The box is also embossed in gilt lettering ELGIN. Also included the original fabric protection bag.

Genuine WWII Navigator’s stop watches in such excellent fully functional condition are tremendously rare!

There is no warranty for this watch and returns for a non-working watch will not be honored. Please note all watches are wound and tested then recorded on video before shipment. We are not in the watch repair business- ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

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