Blancpain Tornek Rayville TR 900 Crazy Census.

Dec 24, 2022,08:33 AM

Here we go, my friends. I promised to post this census a long time ago. It is time to keep my word. 

I will publish all the pictures of the TR 900 I could see in real life, but also those I could see here and there. 

You know the story of the TR 900, a watch which was issued for the Navy SEALs in two batches, the first in 1964, the second in 1966, with a bit more than 1000 watches. A guess estimate makes us think that only one hundred survived. Most of them disappeared or were destroyed. 

The TR 900 has a special case, dial, hands, case back with characteristics engravings,an anti magnetic shield, and a movement ( Cal 1361 Hacking Seconds with some specificities I will not mention to avoid the proliferation of fakes... ) 

Those which " made the war " are numbered on the case back, and receive a symbol of antimagnetic check ( a trident ) hand engraved. 

Please note that the batch from 1966 has the set of hours and minutes hands which don't match with the seconds hand, which is totally normal for this batch.

Let's go! 

1/ Number 6: ( Credit Phillips wink

2/ Number 14: 

3/ Number 20: 

4/ Nr 77 ( Credit Isringtime )

5/ Number 103: 

6/ Number 117: 

7/ Number 268:

8/ Number 270 ( Credit Skinner ) 

9/ Number 322 ( Credit Hodinkee ) 

10/ Number 337 ( Credit Phillips wink

11/ Number 445 which first came with a sterile dial, before receiving a " normal " dial: 

12/ Number 471 ( Christies ): 

13/ Number 624 ( Credit unknown, but I will happily credit on request ) 

14/ Number 794, ex Sargent Jacques ( Credit Phillips wink 

15/ Number 806 from 1966: 

16/ Number 88x from 1966, Credit: Isringtime: 

17/ Number 922 from 1966 ( Credit Phillips wink

18/ Number 1016 from 1966:

19/ Number 1031 from 1966 ( Credit: Phillips )

20/ Unknown number and credit, but most probably from 1966:

21 and 22/ Number 79 from 1964, and 834 from 1966 ( Credit SAS ).

23/ Not numbered ( Credit Roberto ).

24/ Not numbered ( Phillips )

25/ Not numbered ( James Dowling ) 

Well, that's all for the moment, but on the 1000 / 1200 made, 25 posted here is not a bad score.

There certainly are others which will appear with time passing, we'll include them here. 

Of course if you know of some others, feel free to add them to this thread.



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Ooo so darn lovely

 By: Cookies : December 24th, 2022-08:35
I like number 4, ze one with ze red hands.

Duly noted. :))))

 By: amanico : December 24th, 2022-09:46

What a f… and dreaming post

 By: Alfihar : December 24th, 2022-08:48
Thanks a lot lot lot lot loooooot bro. J’ai eu un début d’éé…..motion 😬

Difficult not to love it bro

 By: Alfihar : December 28th, 2022-08:20

Epic report for the year end.

 By: Bill : December 24th, 2022-09:00
This one will be the reference going forward. Many thanks

Amazing retrospective of a watch most people know nothing about.

 By: RabidManatee : December 24th, 2022-15:37
Truly an under the radar icon. Thank you for sharing.


 By: RabidManatee : December 25th, 2022-05:44
So, let’s say, hypothetically, I had an interest in pursuing one of these watches. How the heck would I make sure I was getting a watch that was aa advertised? I can’t even find a “neo-vintage” Rolex or JLC that I trust.

I have one that's not on the list. Number 2.

 By: Briandumais : December 26th, 2022-05:15

Wow. Congrats!

 By: RabidManatee : December 26th, 2022-16:45

Yes, very occasionally...

 By: amanico : December 26th, 2022-15:47

EWC or Phillips? Or both?

 By: amanico : December 26th, 2022-17:57


 By: amanico : December 26th, 2022-21:30

Thank you Nico for the report.

 By: fifty fathoms : December 26th, 2022-09:42
Everybody, who is on the vintage travel, knows how difficult it is to collect all this knowledge... Best regards Stephan

Many thanks Amanico for this superb round-up!

 By: 198042 : December 28th, 2022-17:13
The counterpart from opposite side of the pond Cheers RIchard ...  

You still have yours?

 By: amanico : December 28th, 2022-17:56

sure !

 By: 198042 : December 28th, 2022-21:23
with 19mm Nato as per your suggestion ...  

Aaah, I feel relieved!

 By: amanico : December 28th, 2022-21:43