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    A new aririval - one I have been after for a long time

    Well after years of searching I have finally tracked down a Rhodesian Army issued Roamer.

    It needs a service and new stem but with luck one of the resident watch makers here can work their magic on it (stand by for an email WatchBloke).




    Last picture with a CWC W10 of a similar vintage
    Apologies for the post lunch crumbs! :)
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    Welcome to the club. Have you got a source for the SFA199 inscription - mine is marked with an RA number. Obviously yours was SADF-issued before it went north of the border but I don't think I've seen one marked like yours before (this is intended more as a comment on the extent of my knowledge rather than cast any aspersions on your watch).
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    There was a list of them on MWR.
    SA numbers were nearly equal to RA numbers in terms of those noted there. I looked it up as there was one listed on Chrono24 for very little a while back and i was curious

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    The info out there is very sparse, most information is found in a couple of posts on MWR, WUS and one in the archives here but I think the SFA number is a unit number(I.e stamped at unit level) for the security force auxiliaries. This was a unit manned by black troops to support the white government.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secu...ce_Auxiliaries

    This post is quite informative.
    http://forums.watchuseek.com/f7/upda...topics/1970122

    It gives an idea on numbers out there (not many). Half of the fun is researching the subject, I hope to add to the knowledge base in time as I look more in to it. Unfortunately the two RLI chaps I know were not issued a watch during the bush war so they can't help in anyway.

    http://roamer-watches.info/blog/?p=189
    This blog shows the next watch in sequence to mine (looks like mine has had a change of hands at some point).
    Last edited by Sinnlover; 4th May 2018 at 09:51.

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    Congrats, very nice find.

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