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    Minerva, Rare Oversized Pilot Single Pusher Chronograph, 46 mm Stainless Steel, Circa 1930
    Case: 46 mm, stainless steel, three body case, with snap on caseback, No. 469086
    Dial: black dial, luminous Arabic numerals, inner spiral tachymetre scale, Luminous baton hands
    Movement: Minerva Cal. 17''', manual wind, nickel finished 17 jewels, column wheel actuated chronograph, No. 1519967
    Band: period leather strap
    Signed: Minerva

    SSgt Otis Nelson (1907-1985) was in the US Army Air Corp during WWII, where he was tasked with the arduous position as a B-29 rear gunner. He had acquired this timepiece while stationed overseas. No doubt a chronograph of this size with precision measurement scales, would have been up to the task for his needs while in theater.

    The consigning family recently discovered this timepiece tucked away in his U.S Army trunk, along with his neatly folded uniform and other items from his time serving during WWII.


    Condition Report*: Type: Minerva, Rare Oversized Pilot Single Pusher Chronograph, 46 mm Stainless Steel, Circa 1930
    Signed: Minerva
    Dial: black dial, luminous Arabic numerals, inner spiral tachymetre scale
    Hands: Luminous baton hands
    Metal: stainless steel
    Case: #No. 469086
    Case Info: three body case, with snap on caseback
    Case Width: 46 mm
    Watch Movement: Minerva Cal. 17''', manual wind, nickel finished 17 jewels, column wheel actuated chronograph, No. 1519967
    Band: period leather strap
    Circa: 1940
    Condition: This timepiece is presented in good condition. As mentioned in the essay, this timepiece was recently discovered by family members in a military trunk with the original owners uniform and photos, still neatly folded, from the period. The case is in very good condition, given its purpose, and does show some wear on sides and bezel. Sharp lines on the lugs, and what we believe to be original finishing on case. Dial shows wear indicative of its use. Minute and hour hand appear to have had two different luminous material, which would have been two different colors. Possibly for easy recognition, as the owner was a tail gunner. Crystal has faded, but still legible. Movement runs and sets as it should. Heritage does not guarantee timekeeping accuracy. We always recommend servicing for daily use and timekeeping accuracy
    *Heritage Auctions strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Heritage regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Heritage. All lots offered are sold "AS IS".

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    June, 2020
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