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Avocet Vertech AlpineAvocet Vertech Alpine:
Not so much a "watch", this is more of a "wrist-top computer".  As well as all the normal watch functions including a calendar and chronograph, this device sports an altimeter, thermometer and barometer.  I've used it whilst winter mountaineering where it's proved invaluable as a navigational aid.  Ease of use is exemplary, with large, firm buttons that are easy to press even whilst wearing gloves.  The optional elastic wrist band is perfect for wearing over the sleeve of a waterproof jacket which makes the watch easy to see at a glance and also helps prevent the thermometer being affected by body temperature which occurs if the watch is worn against the skin.  Battery life is short on this original model (something I believe the current version addresses) and end-user battery replacement is tricky and not recommended.  Also there is no backlight.  Apart from these minor inconveniences, it's a super bit of kit.
Bulova - 1950Bulova:
The origins of Bulova can be traced back to 1875 when Joseph Bulova (a 23 year old immigrant from Bohemia) opened a small jewellery store on Maiden Lane in New York City, USA.  By 1912, Bulova had begun manufacturing movement components in Switzerland.  This watch was manufactured in 1950.  Just two years later, Bulova would begin development of the Accutron (see below).
Bulova Accutron AstronautBulova Accutron Astronaut:
Introduced in the early 60's, the Bulova Accutron was the world's first electronic wristwatch. Utilising the high frequency vibrations of a tiny "tuning fork" rather than the oscillations of a mechanical balance wheel to regulate timing, the Accutron achieved extraordinary levels of accuracy. Accutrons were worn on several of the early NASA space missions and were used in some of the onboard timing mechanisms. This watch is an Accutron Astronaut from 1966. The Astronaut was modelled by NASA Astronaut Scott Carpenter in Paris Match magazine and was featured in the film Seven Days in May worn by Kirk Douglas in the role of Colonel Martin "Jiggs" Casey.  Accutron 214 Tuning Fork movement.
Elgin GS MkIIElgin GS MkII:
GS MkII refers to a type of military watch issued to the British Army from around the mid-1930's until the early years of the Second World War.  This example is circa 1941 and was  imported from the American, Elgin Watch Company.  It has a fancy, hinged case featuring a protective cover for the 7 jewel movement.  This example also appears to have its original crystal which exhibits severe burns over the numerals from the Radium-based luminescent paint.
Gruen Veri-ThinGruen Veri-Thin:
Gruen was an American company founded by German watchmaker Dietrich Grün and his eldest son Frederick.  Gruen arranged for movements to be manufactured in Switzerland which were then cased and timed in America.  From it's style and the numerous watchmaker's marks inside the case, I would guess that this watch is from the early 1950's - a time when the Gruen Watch Co. was undergoing considerable hardships which would lead to the Gruen family selling their interests in the company (latterly known as Gruen Industries) and to its ultimate demise in 1958.  The watch has a 17 jewel cal.
422 R SS movement.
Timex Expedition WS4Timex Expedition WS4:
The Timex Expedition WS4 takes the best features of the Avocet Vertech Alpine and Suunto X-Lander and combines them into an excellent, widescreen instrument with numerous time keeping functions, alarms, graphic displays, very accurate altimeter, barometer, thermometer and compass.  The altimeter in particular seems to require far less re-calibration than that in either the Avocet or Suunto, even when the barometric pressure changes.  Quite how the Timex achieves this I don't know, but it works very well.  The widescreen format also allows for on-screen prompts to be displayed which makes operation simple without necessarily having to memorise the entire manual. The large case features big, solid buttons that are easily operable with gloves and the superb Timex Indiglo backlight provides excellent visibility in dark conditions.  A battery hatch enables the user to change batteries without recourse to a jeweller and 50M water-resistance provides sufficient protection from rain or the occasional dunk in a stream!  My only criticism is that the clasp on the elastic wrist-strap lacks any safety features.   
Waltham - 1937Waltham:
Waltham was founded in Roxbury (USA) in 1850 by Aaron Dennisson, Edvard Howard and David Davis before settling in the Massachusetts town of Waltham in 1854. A century later, the company was relocated to Switzerland. This elegant watch is one of the earlier Walthams, manufactured in the USA. The serial number of the movement dates it to 1937.
Wittnauer was founded in America in 1880 by Albert Wittnauer and manufactured watches in Switzerland for the American market.  In the 1930's the company struggled during the Depression so in 1936 it was sold to the Hella Deltah Company.  The Wittnauer brand was revitalised and during the 1940's, following the outbreak of World War II, the company concentrated on manufacturing compasses, laboratory timers, aircraft clocks and watches for the American military.  However, Wittnauer craftsmen worked overtime during this period to produce watches for the civilian market using movements imported from neutral Switzerland.  I would think that this little 15 jewel example would have been one of them.
Yes SpaceYes Space:
Yes Watch is a Californian-based company that has used modern technology to develop a watch that tells time in a very traditional way.  It has only one "Solar" hand that rotates about the dial once every 24 hours following the path of the sun.  The background LCD display divides the dial into a light-coloured daytime area and dark-coloured night time area and incorporates a moon phase display and a standard digital read-out which can be switched off if you prefer.  The watch is pre-programmed with data for 500 cities worldwide or can calculate the display based on Latitude and Longitude settings entered by the user.  It has dual-time functionality, alarm and chronograph functions too!  It's pictured here on an RLT Fleiger leather strap.
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