Blancpain Tornek Rayville TR 900 Crazy Census.
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.
1/ Number 6: ( Credit Phillips
2/ Number 14:
3/ Number 20:
4/ Nr 77 ( Credit Isringtime )
5/ Number 103:
6/ Number 117:
7/ Number 268:
9/ Number 322 ( Credit Hodinkee )
10/ Number 337 ( Credit Phillips
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
15/ Number 806 from 1966:
16/ Number 88x from 1966, Credit: Isringtime:
17/ Number 922 from 1966 ( Credit Phillips
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.