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Lt. John P. Sigman Biography-3

Lt. John P. Sigman & His 1942 Elgin Watch


John Sigman enlisted as a Naval aviator in the Spring of 1941, receiving special training in Miami and San Diego for carrier landings. In March 1942, Sigman was sent to Marine Corps Air Station Ewa, Hawaii, where he joined the VMF-212 Hell Hounds.

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Sigman swapped the original leather strap for a stainless steel Gemex "The Captain" watch bracelet. "The Captain was developed by a Captain of the U.S. Navy...It is designed for wear under the severe climate conditions of the South Pacific...". 

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Before departing to the South Pacific in May 1942, he purchased a 15 jewel Elgin Model 6606G wristwatch at the local PX. It featured a stainless steel case, a sweep-second dial, and a luminous dial. On the back case, it was custom engraved, "John P. Sigman".

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A small Marine Corps Eagle, Globe, & Anchor insignia was a welded to his band

Lt. Sigman's watch was expertly repaired by master Elgin watchmaker Bryan Girouard of Crandall, TX

Contact him at Art Deco Wristwatches -- 

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