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NAWCC day was bittersweet for Hoel, knowing that the real heroes were the ones who paid the ultimate price for their country. Watch info: WWII, circa 1940s, chronograph wristwatch. Case is stainless steel with spring lugs, manual winding two-button chronograph. Round metal dial with luminous (radium) Arabic numerals and hands with center sweep seconds hand. Outer rim has a black “TELEMETER” scale graduated 2 miles to 12 miles, for calculating the speed of sound in miles per hour. In the center is a red spiral or “Snail Tachometer Scale” first patented in 1917 by Amez-Droz (patent number 39276), graduated from 600 mph to 60 mph, for calculating miles per hour over a fixed mile. Two chronograph dials: one at 3 o’clock to register up to 45 minutes and a “running seconds” dial at 9. Incorporating an in-house Caliber 42 movement manufactured by Excelsior Park, Gallet’s sister company, it has a “crown wheel” design, 14 lignes, 18,000 BPH, and 17 jewels. Warren H. Greenawalt Jr., following in the footsteps of his father, enlisted in the Navy in May 1943. He was trained at the Navy Training Station in Sampson, NY, and went on to aviation machinist school. Some months later, Greenawalt found himself stationed on Tinian, a small Pacific Island, as a “Plane Captain” of a JRB-4 twin engine Beechcraft. His duties consisted of maintaining and piloting 114 WRISTWATCH | 2016 the craft, and he frequently flew the plane to the island of Guam for meetings with Admiral Nimitz. On one such trip Greenawalt and his crew brought over some crates of tomatoes to share with the men of the aircraft carrier Boxer. In return for the tomatoes, Greenawalt received the Charles Nicolet Tramelan on display. Some of Greenawalt’s more memorable war experiences include witnessing the Indianapolis deliver the atomic bomb and seeing the crew of the Enola Gay cloistered from contact behind fences to avoid letting slip any information about the dropping of the atomic bomb. Watch info: WWII, circa 1940s chronograph wristwatch. Case is stainless steel with spring lugs, manual winding two-button chronograph. Round metal dial with Arabic numerals and original blue steeled hands with center sweep seconds hand. Outer rim of dial has a “TACHOMETER” or “TACHYMETER” scale in blue graduated from 1,000 mph to 60 mph, for calculating miles per hour over a fixed mile. There is also a “TELEMETER” in black, graduated from 2 miles to 20 miles for calculating distance of sound in miles per hour. Two chronograph dials: one at 3 o’clock to register up to 45 minutes and a “running seconds” dial at 9 o’clock. The CharlesNicolet–Tramelan chronograph incorporates a Landeron Caliber