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    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post
    Have you got any pictures of it? Google doesn't bring anything up.

    Thanks for the story by the way. Very informative.
    I'm afraid not, all a long time ago now and as I said the last of these B.O.A.C. Rolex's that I've seen was in the 1990's. Love to get my hands on one but price wise it would be the double whammy of both being a Rolex and of interest to aeronautica collectors/investors.
    A superlative 'Smiths' interpretation of the same would fill the void as almost anything with B.O.A.C. stamped engraved or painted upon it is eagerly sought out and if I'd known that back in the 70's I'd have filled a couple of trucks with the stuff that was being thrown out at that time after of course purchasing it for pennies from the disposals section.

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    Didn't the Speedbird (watch/logo) have something to do with British Airways...?
    The barman says “We don’t serve time travellers in here”. A time traveller walks into a bar.

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    Very informative story, but B.O.A.C stood for Better On A Camel.
    Mind you, the Belgian airlines stood for Such A Bloody Experience; Never Again.

    ;)
    'Against stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain' - Schiller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    Can't use Commando, it's already registered as a trademark for watches.

    Eddie
    A few naming ideas based on the ‘Commando’:

    ~ Falklands (40th anniversary year, 2021)
    ~ Gibraltar (main battle honour)
    ~ Chariot / Op Chariot (amazing Commando raid on German port in St Nazaire)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    Very informative story, but B.O.A.C stood for Better On A Camel.
    Mind you, the Belgian airlines stood for Such A Bloody Experience; Never Again.

    ;)
    Good old SABENA, they definately did things differently but their catering was fantastic.

    Alternatively,

    B.O.A.C. = Back (H)Ome After Christmas.
    Which was true as they sent me to the Middle East for a month and three months later I got home using another airline manageing to have a row both with my boss and my girlfriend within two hours of arrival.
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    British European Airways B.E.A = Back Early Afternoon.

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    I'll just leave this here

    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post
    Didn't the Speedbird (watch/logo) have something to do with British Airways...?
    Speedbird is the call sign of British Airways. Goes back to the days of BOAC. Their logo was named Speedbird.
    Last edited by Mr Tetley; 1st October 2020 at 21:23.

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    Off on a slight tangent

    My father worked at Heathrow Airport in the early 70's - a fitter in the engineering hangers working on the big jets. He lived in Hounslow at the time and lot of the locals worked at the airport then. Stories about little or no work going on in the hangers were part of the general narrative in pubs etc at the time. Some people referred to the place as 'The Holiday Camp'

    My father worked nights and said the would be assigned to work on say an engine, they would remove it and then wait for a week whilst someone else did something or parts had to arrive. During this time they would do nothing else. He said it was the cushiest job hed ever had. He use to get enough sleep on the night shift to be able to have a second job working in a Chrysler dealership in the day.
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    TWA was Travel With Amal
    PIA was Please Inform Allah and AI was Allah Informed
    SAS was Same As Sabena
    Quick And Nasty, Terrible Aussie Service...
    'Against stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain' - Schiller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    Can't use Commando, it's already registered as a trademark for watches.

    Eddie
    Coincidentally the Dieppe Raid was codenamed Operation Jubilee.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieppe_Raid

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed875 View Post
    Very nice watch but think Command or Commander rather than Commando may be a better identifier given its styling.


    My two pennyworth anyway,
    Now that we are here... I second that Command or Commander are good alternatives.
    Last edited by abraxas; 1st October 2020 at 22:27.
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    I'll just leave this here

    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post
    Now that we are here... I second that Command or Commander are good alternatives.
    Just to throw another one into the mix. How about:
    ‘Comacchio’
    Comacchio was a battle of 43 Commando where a VC was won and so became the name of the fleet protection group (Comacchio Group) from 1980-2001 (now called 43 Commando).
    Last edited by fm.tz; 1st October 2020 at 22:56.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post
    Didn't the Speedbird (watch/logo) have something to do with British Airways...?
    Speedbird was the international aircraft radio call sign followed by the flight number of all B.O.A.C. aircraft in flight and continues to be so for all BA aircraft on international routes. The Speedbird logo was created for Imperial Airways a forerunner of B.O.A.C. in 1932 and has appeared on all subsequent B.O.A.C./BA aircraft ever since in one form or another although today you might be hard put to recognise it if you didn't know what you were looking for being described in its its modified form by one senior manager in the 1990's when the BA World Image was introduced as looking more akin to the Signal tooth paste or Germaloid Cream logo, passions run high along with heart attacks in the aviation industry and many found a love they never knew they had for Mrs.Thatcher when she placed a handkerchief over an offending model BA aircraft bearing the World Image which was quickly dropped along with the the CEO.

    Eddie's original 'Speedbird' watch celebrated the Mk XI which as a navigational instrument was issued along with a whole load of kit to B.O.A.C. Aircraft Navigators and at some point Pilots for use in Astral Navigation, what happened to these watches after they were no longer used by what was by then BA and why some bear the Pheon or Broad Arrow of British government property is another long and complex story which wouldn't make a half bad thriller film considering the value of these watches today.
    Last edited by Misbourne; 1st October 2020 at 23:13.

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    TWA, leading the way to the USA.

    Those were the days.....
    Got a new watch, divers watch it is, had to drown the bastard to get it!

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