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WWII Longines Weems ATT with full provenance and history *PIC*

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WWII Longines Weems ATT with full provenance and history *PIC*

watch.source.namePosted by Malinka Strana in chronocentric.com
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As you know, the US AAC were originally issued with the Longines Weems A11 Pilots watch with the upper locking bezel in 1940, these were also directly sold in the US through their subsidiary company Wittnauer to the civilian market, the face being marked either Longines Weems or Wittnauer Weems, both with the Weems US patent date but without the US AAC marking to the rear. In Britain similar Weems pilots with the lower locking bezel were purchased by the Air Ministry in 1940 for issue to the RAF. I have a Longines Wittnauer Weems watch, US patented to USN Commander Weems who designed the navigating Bezel. Pic attached

My watch is engraved on the back Flight Officer Arthur F Moss – Air Corps Feb 17 1943 Pic attached

I bought the watch from a watch collector who bought the watch from Arthur Moss’s son in Washington State, he was a watch man but told he believed that there was some history to the watch, the history only recently came to light following the publication of a new book on the Arnhem landings in Holland in 1944, and the commemorations in the village where the glider landed. I have researched it fully, and Moss was a US Waco Glider pilot who flew into Holland on Operation Market Garden with the US 82nd Airborne, and that is where the history begins, as he became one of the Kampina evaders comprising US, British and Polish airborne troops cut off in Brabant, Holland who evaded the Germans for over a month until rescued by the British Army at the end of October 1944.

I have attached the pics of the watch, the word doc has the links to the Dutch website showing the memorial and information about the landing, copied in the links below, the last link has wartime pics from Kampina, and I think Moss is in one of them, however he is pictured in the book in three photographs.

1. The watch is in excellent serviced condition and runs perfectly, engraved to Flight Officer Arthur F Moss February 17 1943. The strap fitted is an original 200mm US AAC strap.

2. It’s provenance is as described and is confirmed by Bill Moss, son of Flight Officer Moss, and subsequently in writing by the person that sold the watch to me. The path is family – 1 collector – me. This is by email from the son, and by letter from the chap I bought it from.

3. I have attached the history of Flight Officer Arthur Moss and his role as a US AAC glider pilot in Operation Market Garden documented with photographs in the book “Kampina Airborne” by Peter van der Linden

http://www.oisterwijk-marketgarden.com/glider_monument_and_resistance%20_monument_at_the_kampina.html

https://www.worldwarmedia.com/2016/12/31/kampina-airborne-airborne-evaders-of-the-kampina-forest/

http://www.oisterwijk-marketgarden.com/kampina_airbornes.html

There is further personal information that can be provided, the attached reference includes DOB, Unit, Rank, service number and glider detail in the attached word doc.

The watch comes with the provenance from Bill Moss and the previous owner, plus my research notes, and the book.

Bearing in mind the condition of the watch and it’s provenance / history , I would like to sell the watch for $8000 I will concider your best offers.

I look forward to hearing from you. I'm happy to send all the pictures upon request.

Please feel free to Email me at trashedoldstuff@gmail.com

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