Swiss Army Binoculars

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  1. Vincent65

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    I went back to my house in the UK over the Christmas period, and brought back tons of old stuff and goodies, in a loaded car. Been enjoying fiddling around with it all again, and, as you may have noticed, have taken a few photos of some of the items, which may be of interest... I don't know; forgive me if it's boring, but I thought I'd share some of it!

    Anyway, that said, here are a few shots (some not great) of some vintage Swiss Military binoculars, made by Kern in Aarau, in 1954. They are in mint (probably not issued and therefore unused) condition, and came straight from the store at the arsenal in Bern, about 10 years ago. They were a gift from a retired officer friend.

    They are housed in their original and immaculate leather case as well. The eye pieces have extendable shrouds, and it also comes with a pair of tinted eye-piece covers, one of which I photographed against the sky. I also stuck the lens into the eye-piece to get an authentic 'field' view, and was quite pleased with the result!

    Hope you like,
    Cheers,
    K.

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  2. daveathall

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    Brilliant post Karl, keep em coming. :thumbsup:

    Those binos are in immaculate condition, the design hasn't changed much over the years, we still use binos that look almost identical, their size is perfect for hanging around ones neck and tucking under ones tunic (to the front), or in recent times, the combat smocks have been redesigned to have larger breast pockets which are big enough for a pair of those (less case).

    That case looks stunning as well Karl.
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    thanks for your comments, Dave - glad you like looking at my old clobber!
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    Those are top quality looking binoculars! :worship:

    For some reason, the thread was in the Photo Gallery (Non-Rolex), so I've moved it to the Other Hobbies. :cheers:
  5. Vincent65

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    Thanks Bo - my mistake, sorry!
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    Great and interesting stuff You find, Awesome, just keep it coming :thumbsup:

    I'm using a Revue 7x42, [made in japan]
  7. Vincent65

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    Cheers Mario! I've got some modern ones too (Tasco and Olympus 8x21)
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    Definitely cool. I like reticle.
  9. Vincent65

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    me too - love it!
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    Karl---Lovely binos!!!! :thumbsup:

    I have a vintage Kern Army set as well, a bit more knackered, and haven't used them lately...but typical oh-so-nice Swiss quality.

    LOVE them and they're not for sale. :thumbsup:

    (I have a couple of nice Swiss K-31 rifles to go with the binos; just need a Swiss Luger and SIG P-210 now.) :)
    :thumbsup:

    Need to get mine out now and play with them...they've been in my upstairs closet getting NO love. He-he. Thanks for reminding me...:lol:
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    Very neat Karl,
    and great pics of the Bino's.I have a pair that my where my fathers I will have to take some pics of too.They,like your are the older well made large style,I don't use them in the woods when hunting and have a smaller new pair but love that old world style in the leather case.

    great thread,thanks for posting that

    Best
    Dave
  12. Vincent65

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    Thanks Dave!
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    My wife has just left to visit her family, and I thought these might make a nice gift for her father, so the old binoculars are currently winging their way to Africa.
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    That is a nice gift, those Kern swiss made army binos are among the best ever made. You will miss them. Personally I prefer Zeiss binos but the Kern is in the same class.
    Tom
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    Thanks Tom- apparently, he liked them very much, by the way!
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    Good to hear he liked them. :thumbsup:

    Quality is hard to ignore. :thumbsup:
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    Thanks Clyde!
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    The army using the binoculars are the worst thing that you can see even on ultius.com reliable and I think that you will not know about it. It will be just a disaster and you will not be able to do anything about it