Corps of Engineers

A few photos from a seller.


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my search function failured,  can you  help me? please introduce the history of this pocketwatch.   thank you


and i have 2 questions:   1.the hands is origional?    the right picture from THL

   Corps of Engineers

     2. Column wheels in red circle are different , the left one is ok ?   the right picture from THL

  Corps of Engineers

                                         thank you !

VC was a "primary contractor" for these Corps of Engineer watches
08/24/2016 - 11:24

When they got the order, VC worked with other manufacturers to sub-contract some of the work.  Therefore different movement designs for this watch are not unusual.

I'm not quite sure about the hands though.

Tick-Talk has one of these watches and wrote a great post about it:

Re: VC was a "primary contractor" for these Corps of Engineer watches
08/24/2016 - 11:30

thank you

i have not an idea
08/24/2016 - 15:51

these words from the post whote by tick-talk

Dial: white enamel dial with luminescent Arabic numerals, outer chronograph track with black or red Arabic numerals at 5 second intervals, sunk subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock. Blued steel cathedral or skeleton style luminescent hour and minute hands, blued steel central chronograph and subsidiary seconds hands.


maybe  lumines  on the Arabic numerals missed.   the hands also missed   lumines . 


radium removed
08/24/2016 - 18:28

It has become practice for restorers to clean off the old radium lume material because it may present a radioactive hazard.  I find it a shame sad.  There is much debate if the radioactivity from a vintage dial amounts to more than normal background radiation.  The one in VC's collection still has its radium dial but I wonder what they would do if one was presented for restoration?

radium removed

Here is another linke with an update to the original post that Dan gave:  Please excuse the missing photos at the start, they are re-posted later in the thread.

I should note
08/24/2016 - 18:32

the hands of the Maison's CofE chronograph pictured above have been restored, either with a modern luminous material or non-lume paint.  The numerals OTOH are original and have aged nicely.

You tell us a interesting story
08/25/2016 - 04:07

 There are two messages  I can share with other students.

      1.Zimmermann Telegram:

     On the first of February, we intend to begin unrestricted submarine warfare. In spite of this, it is our intention to endeavour to keep the United States of America neutral.

In the event of this not succeeding, we propose an alliance on the following basis with Mexico: That we shall make war together and make peace together. We shall give generous financial support, and an understanding on our part that Mexico is to reconquer the lost territory in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. The details of settlement are left to you.

You are instructed to inform the President [of Mexico] of the above in the greatest confidence as soon as it is certain that there will be an outbreak of war with the United States and suggest that the President, on his own initiative, invite Japan to immediate adherence with this plan; at the same time, offer to mediate between Japan and ourselves.

Please call to the attention of the President that the ruthless employment of our submarines now offers the prospect of compelling England to make peace in a few months.

2. Treaty of Versailles in June of 1919, the first president of our middle school  participated  in the name of  individual  and petitioned.

He is the seventy-fifth generation grandson of Confucius.     his name is   孔祥柯

                                                                                     You tell us a interesting story


thank you
08/25/2016 - 01:06


I don't know what the mark mean for ?
08/25/2016 - 04:27

        I don't know what the mark  mean for ?

Thanks for adding to the story
08/25/2016 - 06:09

That is the mark of the case maker Huguenin Freres.

thank you
08/25/2016 - 06:56