Rare lightweight aluminum C. Plath sextant #59988 (Hamburg, early 1960s)
A very rare appearance: this sextant is one of the series of aluminum-framed sextants by C. Plath that appeared in WWII and for some time after. We estimate this rare sextant was built sometime in the 1960s. With its lightweight frame, about 3.0 lbs., it saves at least a pound of arm-taxing weight for the navigator.
The frame is painted semi-gloss black. The arc is black with white graduations, and the micrometer drum and vernier scale are white with black graduations. It has the usual 4x40 scope, 4 index and 3 horizon shades, traditional split mirror, and illumination. A finger pin is missing from one index shade and one horizon shade. The mirrors are excellent. The horizon mirror has one spot, the size of a BB, at the very bottom corner where the silvering is aging – unnoticeable to any navigator. Overall the cosmetic condition is very good or better.
The sturdy bakelite case is fine, its hardware showing some superficial corrosion. A “plus”: the claw which locks the sextant into its cradle in the bottom of the case has been replaced with a much stronger one of identical appearance. The factory-original claws were prone to breaking, but this one never will. The lock is missing. A brush, adjusting wrench, and a Norwegian inspection certificate are included.
Own a genuine C. Plath, in fine working order for just $850. Free shipping.
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