Offered by Over The Blue Horizon is a superbly crafted reproduction WWII Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft clock obtained a few years ago at the famous Nakata Shoten Military Equipment Store in Ueno, Tokyo, Japan. For those not familiar with Nakata Shoten, it is Japans premier military equipment establishment and was originally established in the immediate post-war years as a military surplus store. Over the decades, it has evolved into much, much more the owner accumulated an incredible collection of original military equipment and uniforms, and now in addition to surplus, also sells the highest quality reproduction items ranging from Nambu machine guns to WWII Japanese uniforms to military timepieces like this aircraft clock. Reproduction items from Nakata Shoten are displayed in the worlds finest military museums such as the US Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor.
This reproduction WWII Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft clock is copied from an original in Mr. Nakatas personal collection that was manufactured by Seikosha (now Seiko), and it was designed to be mounted in an aircraft instrument panel for Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force aircraft such as the Mitsubishi A6M Zero.As the war progressed, these clocks were also used in Army Air Force aircraft. This clock features an aluminum casing painted in matte black. The clock face is also black, and the numbers and hands are whitish green and chemically illuminated, and a smaller circle measuring seconds is in the lower 6 oclock position (but does not function). The large knurled knob mounted in the upper 12 oclock position is used to set the time, and the clock's case includes a four-hole flange through which screws were normally inserted to fasten it to the aircraft instrument panel. Overall, it is approximately 2.35 inches across, 3 inches top to bottom, and 1 inch in depth and as can be seen from the scans, it comes in a nice presentation box. Again, this is a reproduction item that is externally identical to those used during World War II, and you can rest assured that the people at Nakata Shoten have done everything in their power to make this the BEST reproduction in the world. Internally, the clock has a quartz mechanism it is battery powered (and we inserted a new battery on 21 December 2020) and that is because Mr. Nakata was never happy with the mechanical movement of the original.
Having said that and although it keeps time, we recommend you not use this as your primary time reference! The item "WW2 AIRCRAFT CLOCK IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY AIR FORCE Nakata Shoten Reproduction" is in sale since Sunday, December 27, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Reproductions\Japan". The seller is "overthebluehorizon" and is located in Kailua, Hawaii. This item can be shipped worldwide.