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old watch of 2 ww owed by my father
Nov. 7, 2010
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Member since Nov. 7, 2010
My father was a young italian air man in the african campain. I found his watch years ago but I didn't pay any regard to it till few months ago. I took it to a antique watch shoop to understand if it was an importnt peace and suddnely the shooper told me that the watch has an important movment called "rattrappante" (it is in italian I don't know the term in english") which is the meccanism that permit you to count with 2 hands one on the other an event by having an intermediet time with the first stop and the final lap with the second. I don't know the brand that is not possible to read. The shopper told me the external body is a german one with a internal swiss meccanis probably made during the 2WW for the airman (it colud also hav been a present or a swich with a german collegue in the air force too).
I read about the first tipe of this movement invented by IWC in late 18th century and I thought the watch could be a IWC one.
Could you plaese give where I can eventually get more infomtion about this kind of watch?
Thanks very much about you cooperation
Nov. 7, 2010
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Member since July 23, 2010
No, your watch is not an IWC. Sorry.
For wristwatches, IWC's first rattrapante was developed in the 1990s. It was important because it was one of the first "economical" double chronograph movements (another economical type, with a totally different mechanical design, was made by Dubey & Schaldenbrand). However, most rattrapantes had more complicated and very expensive movements, and they were first produced in the 19th century (that is, the late 1800's) and not by IWC.
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