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#1 Flightpath

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 07:29 AM

Here are some of my Swiss army instruments:


Left to Right:

1944 Recta 'matchbox' alloy compass, S/N shows it was made in 1944.

1943 Büchi marching compass Pattern 1932, has a 1943 inscription on it. (see middle photo).

1930s Lufft pocket altimeter, German made with Swiss property mark and silvered face (see lower photo).

1920s Büchi Artillery compass/level (GB Patt. 1916, Spanish Patt. 1920, Swiss Patt. 1929).


The 1943 inscription on the Büchi compass translates:

"My good friend Sgt. Major Ernest Roy, dedicated to the memory of common joys and sufferings with Combat Engineer Company 2, 1939-1943 Capt. Deller".


Hope you like them,


I'll do a more detailed study of the 1920s Büchi artillery compass later, it really is a nice intricate  little instrument.


cheers, John

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#2 RRA227

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 08:27 AM

Nice items. Rich A. in Pa.

#3 Flightpath

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 09:12 AM

Here are a few closer photo of the little artillery compass/level (called a sitometer in old Swiss military papers).


Being an instrument maker myself I love instruments like this!


Through the viewing window can be seen a bubble level, once the compass is level the button on the end is pushed, this moves a stainless mirror to reveal the compass rose and unlock it. The rotating 360 degree part on the back is part of the artillery side of the compass. I have seen much later versions with this part not attached presumably these are only used as compasses.........  


Hope you like it (actually I have two of them) ;) Cheers, John

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#4 The Meatcan

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 04:20 PM

Those are excellent pieces! As one would expect for Swiss service, they appear to be very well-made instruments.
Thanks for sharing!

#5 Tony v

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 07:35 PM



      Excellent collection ! Thank you for posting them.



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