The British RAF (Royal Air Force) aircraft used on bombing flights during World War II could not find their targets accurately enough. The radio beacons used during peacetime had been closed down, and only the “dead reckoning” method was used.
During his coaching career, Aarne Honkavaara was awarded two Rolex trophy watches. He received the first one in 1964 when the Finnish national ice hockey team won the Fair Play Cup at the Innsbruck Winter Olympics. Rolex, which sponsored the event, awarded the winners of the Cup with a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date ref. 1500 chronometer watch.
The term “gilt” in vintage watches generally means that the texts and numbers on the dial are mainly golden in color. Rolex used gilt dials especially in its Submariner, GMT and Explorer models in 1962–1967.
We determine the value of watches for our customers using many different criteria and starting points. We often talk about the buying-in price of a watch when purchasing it for our collection. This is the value of the watch in its current condition before maintenance and other finishing work.
The Roman watchmaker's shop A.Cairelli supplied the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana, or AMI) with CP-2 chronographs in the 1960s and the 1970s. CP (cronometro da polso) referred to a chronometer watch.