Hello Dear members of the 13eme RDP,
Two weeks ago, I purchased an Auricoste chronograph watch, because I heard an interesting story that it was once used by the French Army soldiers. Normally, I would not believe this kind of story, but the person who told me this story is someone I have known for a while as an expert in many watches. I asked him, if there was any proof of his story. He showed me a letter written to him in French that explained that the watch came from the 13eme RDP regiment of the French Army. I bought the watch.
Everyday for the last two weeks, I have been search the Internet for information about the Auricoste version 1980 and the mysterious markings on the back of the watch. It has been a fun journey discovering all the history and heroic acts of the 13e RDP! I have learned more about the 13e RDP and the seven squadrons than I could have imagined. I deeply want the watch I have to come from the 13e RDP, but I also want to know the truth as well.
I sent pictures of this watch to the Armee Francaise Facebook, 13e RDP Facebook, Aguttes auction house, very famous watch collectors (Konrad Knirim, Jean-Claude Berton, and James Dowling). 13e RDP Facebook staff and Jean-Claude Berton did confirm that the watch is from the 13e RDP.
I feel there is much more to the story. To complete my understanding of the 13e RDP, I want to know if the watch was used by the 6th squadron. 13e RDP Facebook said briefly that the watch was used for timing complex transmissions during training and actual intelligence gathering missions. Could someone who recognizes the watch let me know if this is all true?