MINT ORIGINAL 1944 ARMY OFFICER TAN LEATHER WATCH BAND

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  • Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 04, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

This is an original US Army WWII issue two-piece leather watch band, made by a civilian maker, "Brite Specialty Co." in New York, in 1944. This is the type of watch band used on the rectangular "Tank" watch, but it will fit many other watches as well, like Elgin, Waltham, and other WWII brands. This band will fit any watch that has lugs 15 mm or more wide (will fit 16 mm). The watch band is in absolutely new old stock, mint condition. It is a civilian-style watch band that was made for the U.S. Army in 1944. The watch band is made of tan leather, marked "Sweat Proof Leather" on the back, with a brass buckle. The ends of the strap, w it would attach to the watch (via a watch pin), measures 9/16 inch (15 mm) wide. The long part of the two-piece strap measures 4 3/8 inches (11.2 cm), the short part (with the buckle) measures 2 7/8 inches (7 cm) from leather end to leather end (3 1/4 inches [8.2 cm] from leather end to the end of the buckle). The master carton from which this band came was dated December, 1944. These watch bands were delivered to the the Jersey City, New Jersey Quartermaster Depot, apparently they were intended for shipment to US troops in the European Theater, but they were never sent. They have remained in storage since the end of WWII, stored under ideal conditions, and so they are still in brand new condition.

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