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Vintage Heuer Discussion Forum
The place for discussing 1930-1985 Heuer wristwatches, chronographs and dash-mounted timepieces. Online since May 2003.
: The Israel Defense Forces ("IDF"), are known in Hebrew
: as "Tzva Ha'Hagana Le'Yisrael" (Army for the Defense
: of Israel). Instead of saying ""Tzva Ha'Hagana
: LeYisrael" (the equivalent of saying the "United
: States Armed Forces"), the Israel military is often called
: "Tzahal". Tzahal includes all branches of Israel's
: military forces, comprising the ground forces, air force and
: Different watches and chronographs were issued to different
: branches and units of the IDF at various times, for example, we
: are told that the big, black Autavia, reference 113.603 (shown
: at the bottom of this message) was issued to the Navy Seals. The
: Eterna Super KonTikis were also issued to Navy Seals.
: The Hebrew word "Tzahal" begins with the Hebrew letter
: "Tzadi", which looks something like the letter
: "M", turned on its side. This probably explains the
: "M"s that we see on the case-backs of IDF-issued
: watches, including the Heuers and the Etarnas.
: Here are three IDF chronographs from my collection. I will soon
: create a page of these, if others might be able to send photos
: of the watches (including the case-backs).
: You can also search this Forum under the terms "Israel"
: or "IDF" to see more of these watches.