The original 1940'S Bezelmeter 950-960 was designed for pilots. All aviation experts knew the Bezelmeter was essentially a cockpit instrument for the wrist. Two features incorporated in the design give clear evidence of this intent. The bezel on the case is an independent chapter ring graduated in counter clockwise hours. Rotating the ring to align the mission duration hours with the hour hand on the dial at takeoff gives the pilot a quick reference of the flight time remaining during any point in the mission.
Never seen on any aviation timer, Jardur engineers decided to design and place on the dial a red Degreemeter scale. This scale is represented by the spiral division marked in degrees. For timing aviation turns this scale is very valuable and is calculated on the standard rate turn of 180 degrees in two minutes. The scale is plainly marked up to 180 degrees for a 15 degree turn every five seconds covering the complete revolution of the sweep hand in one minute. The 30 minute register has first two minutes marked in red which enables the Pilot to tell immediately when the sweep second hand has made two complete revolutions and the 360 degree turn has been completed. In order to accomplish these standard rate turns, a certain needle deflection is maintained on the turn and bank indicator, which is for the length of time required to make the turn through the number of degrees desired.
9 precision timepieces in one unit… “. A list is provided to the left of the brochure and indicates: 1.Wristwatch 2. Time-out Watch 3. Stop Watch 4. Tachometer 5. 12 Hour Register 6. 30 Minute Register 7. 60 Second Timer 8. Degreemeter 9. Bezelmeter
This robust timepiece, reminiscent of the 1941 Jardur 960 Bezelmeter, has met the requirements of today’s contemporary aviators and aircrews. The new Degreemeter incorporates all of today’s advancements in materials, manufacturing methods, and design features which comprise state of the art Swiss Watchmaking. The Degreemeter is sure to delight any watch aficionado or pilot.
Jardur Escadrille member, Captain Donald F. Walton's 1940’s Bezelmeter 960:
This 36mm Jardur Bezelmeter 960 series military vintage aviation watch houses the legendary 71 Valjoux movement, a testament to its enduring quality. While a light inspection revealed a missing movement screw and sweep second hand, the heart – the original 71 Valjoux – remains in impressive working condition.
Still proudly displaying the "Pilgrim Electric Corp" engraving, this 17-jewel, hand-wound, 2-button, 9-column chronograph movement, with only a few small repairs, will be ready to tick through many more chapters.
The user of this tool watch was Captain Donald F. Walton. As you will see, his military career exemplifies dedication and unwavering service to everything aviaiton.
Following his 1940 graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BA in Aeronautical Engineering, Captain Walton entered the Navy in 1941, briefly contributing to Lockheed before serving as a naval aviator during World War II. Based in Florida and Virginia, he distinguished himself flying or being associated with the Martin PBM Mariner patrol aircraft, S3F1, A2F-1 Intruder (A-6), N2S Stearman, N3N, SNV Valiant, SNJ Texan, PBY Catalina, OS2U Kingfisher, JRF-6 Goose, The Howard GH-1, J4F-1 Widgeon, OV-10A Bronco, A-5 Vigilante, and the Piper J-3 Cub.
Honorably discharged in 1945, he was recalled the following year, embarking on a diverse post-war career within the Navy. Captain Walton held key roles in the Naval Bureau of Aeronautics, honed his leadership and expertise through advanced education at the Naval Postgraduate School and Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and played pivotal roles in aircraft development as program manager for the A2F Grumman Intruder. Further leadership refinement came through the Armed Forces Staff College, and he capped his distinguished career as the Navy representative at the Ohio North American Aviation Plant. Captain Walton's legacy is one of technical prowess, leadership, and enduring commitment to the Navy's mission.
Own a piece of history! This legendary aviation watch, available at Jardur Watches, unlocks the story of Captain Walton's remarkable feats through accompanying aviation documents and images.