Blancpain TR 900 Tornek Rayville Tornek Rayville TR900 Blancpain US MILITARY (32160)

32160 Blancpain TR-900 Tornek Rayville TR900 Milspec, undoubtedly the more important US military watch in the history of wrist watches, manufactured and sold between 1964-1966 and delivered to the USA without the Blancpain TM on the dial (due to "Buy American act" of 1933) extremely rare as majority of examples were either destroyed, returned to Navy bases or lost in combat, it is estimated that roughly 1000 examples were delivered to the Navy, the stainless steel bead blasted case is in excellent condition with consistent wear through out, original black dial is in excellent condition with even luminous patina, dial is signed Tornek - Rayville US, moisture indicator at 6 o clock, iconic TR900 luminous hands and pointed second hand, all luminous is promethium - 147 as designated at the bottom of the dial, acrylic crystal, automatic AS caliber 1361, hacking seconds, original brass dust cover, anti-magnetic, case back is secured by outer ring, case back reads "NON MAGNETIC, DANGER, IF FOUND RETURN TO NEAREST MILITARY FACILITY, MIL-W-22176 SERIAL 04XX, Excellent Condition for a Blancpain Tornek Rayville TR900 and a very rare chance to own a tremendous piece of US Military history. A must have for any serious vintage military watch collection.


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This is a vintage 1964-1966 bead-blasted stainless steel Blancpain (Tornek-Rayville) TR900 Milspec Diver. It has a Nylon dive strap with a stainless steel clasp, and an acrylic crystal. It has a screw down solid case back with an outer ring, and it's engraved with "IF FOUND RETURN TO NEAREST MILITARY FACILITY – AEC LICENSE 8-59-10-6 - MIL-W-22176 – DANGER – NON MAGNETIC," and the Radiation Danger Emblem with "RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL." Inside the case back is "TORNAY WATCH CO. – SWISS – STAINLESS STEEL," and because of the "Buy American Act" of 1933, it does not have the Blancpain TM on the dial. This is undoubtedly one of the most important US military watches in history. It includes the original anti-magnetic brass dust cover, and it was produced and sold between 1964-1966 and delivered to the US navy without the Blancpain TM on the dial (due to "Buy American act" of 1933), making it extremely rare. The 40mm diameter solid two-body case, unidirectional rotating flat black bezel with Arabic numerals and markers, and gently curved lugs, are satin/brushed. It includes the original black dial in excellent condition, with an evenly aged luminous patina, on the circle, baton, and triangular hour indices, as well as the steel pointed baton hands. The dial is signed "Tornek - Rayville US," and there is a circular moisture indicator at 6 o clock. There is a luminous center sweep second hand with an arrow tip. It has a power reserve of 38-hours at full winding, it's water resistant to 200 meters/660 feet, and the case, dial, and movement are all signed.

This Blancpain (Tornek-Rayville) TR900 Milspec Diver has a mechanical automatic self-winding caliber AS 1361 movement. It's constructed with 17 jewels, an Incabloc anti-shock device, and a straight-line lever escapement. It has a self-compensating flat balance spring, an index regulator, a monometallic Glucydur balance, and the rotor segment is gold-engraved with "TORNEK-RAYVILLE NO TR-900. It has a hacking seconds device for precision time setting, and the mechanism oscillates at a frequency of 18,000 vhp (2.5 Hz).

Only around 1,000 Blancpain (Tornek-Rayville) TR900 Milspec Divers were made, and most were then destroyed because the watch made use of Prometheum 147, a radioactive element produced from uranium with a half-life of 2.6234 years. This includes the markers, hands, and numerals, as well as the stern warning on the case back. After these watches were decommissioned and disposed of, this left an estimated 30 examples or less in the hands of collectors. "MILSPEC" is the acronym for "Military Specifications."