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Plath Navistar Classic Sextant Sailing the Dream
 

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1984 PLATH NAVISTAR CLASSIC
4 X 40 SCOPE "TRANSFLEX" WHOLE HORIZON MIRROR - 5 PLUS STARS

1984 Plath Navistar Classic sextant with 4 x 40 scope and Whole Horizon mirrior image
 

Copyright 2014 by Land And Sea Collection. All Rights Resreved!

SAILING THE DREAM!

 

We are the premier source for all versions of the Plath Navistar premium sextants and have specialized in their sale. We have sold more than any other dealer in the world! Twenty Three Sold to date. The pictures in this presentation are all of the actual instrument.

Presented is a C. Plath Navistar Classic sextant, Serial No.63437, with an undated certificate which was often issued by the company, the Plath original Instruction Booklet and adjustment tool.  The 4 x 40 scope which is mounted, though considered a "Star" scope, is the best choice for all around use. And the rare, for that time,  C. Plath whole horizon mirror called "Transflex" was a $350.00 option in 1984. This style mirror has gained wide popularity since.

This sextant served on a schooner sailing the North & South Pacific for eight years, and then spent the remaining time in dry storage since it was purchased 33 years ago. Our tests show that it is still in outstanding condition and rates 5 Stars.  The sextant was used as a back-up to what was then the early days of satellite navigation, the less able predecessor to GPS. SatNav was first introduced for commercial use in the early 1980's. Back then, there were only six satellites in space so the fix interval could be quite long, averaging 12-14 hours between them.  Because of this time delay and because the coverage was intermittent in the North & South Pacific, the former owner used celestial navigation as a primary and back-up.  However, the condition of this sextant is so perfect that it belies the fact that it was used at all.

SAILING THE DREAM: The former owner bought it in mid 1984 after he and his wife met and decided they'd sail the world to form a more perfect union. In 1989, they embarked on a cross Pacific cruise from San Francisco Bay to New Zealand aboard their 50' coastal auxiliary stay sail schooner THALES. On the way, the schooner was used as backdrop in the movie 'And the Sea Will Tell', while they were in Ala Moana Honolulu. The sextant got used on that trip as it was the early days of SatNav, which only worked on and off in the North Pacific and hardly at all in the South Pacific.  Altogether, they lived and sailed in THALES for 8 years of magic.

They made it to Fiji before the wife's pregnancy required that they sell THALES to a local Fijian couple who continue using her for their photo tourism business sailing in the islands.

Wife in Bow pulpit in Figi image
Wife in bow pulpit in Hawaii Ca 1989
Owner on deck Figi border=
Owner on deck anchored out in Hawaii Ca 1989
Schooner THALES moored along side in Hawaii image
Schooner THALES  moored along side in Hawaii Ca 1989
 

Since their family is now grown, and they have bought another yacht ARIANNA, at http://www.SailCyclades.com, in which they intend to continue their adventures. This time from Greece they'll make their way across the Med up to UK and then up the Irish sea to Scotland and the Outer Hebrides, then through the Kiel canal and join the ARC Baltic cruise to Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm and back to Denmark.  Then down to the Canaries and across to Florida and Yucatan for the winter of 2015.

Since GPS is so universally effective, he wants the sextant to find a new honored position with someone who will appreciate and treasure it.
 

 
Back of sextant with 4 x 40 scope mounted image

Back of sextant with 4 x 40 scope mounted.

The Navistar Classic was the top of the Plath line and was made in limited quantities, and was manufactured with a guaranteed non-adjustable instrument error of 10 arc seconds or less. It sold for a premium over all its other sextants. For example, almost 30 years ago, they sold for over $1000.00, and as recently as 2001, the price had risen to $4000.00.  In our opinion, there is no sextant in current production that achieves this level of quality.

Looking up from the bottom of the arc image
Looking up from the bottom of the arc image 

CONDITION: Without exception, there is little fault to find with the sextant . The case's dark brown exterior shows some loss of color on the top and some of the usual marks of age and use that you would expect. There is one tiny split in the veneer in the lower center which should be monitored. The exterior hardware shows some slight discoloration. The index mirror adjustment is frozen, but there is no need to use it. These things are all minor and only mentioned for the sake of thoroughness. The lighting works and the index error is 1 minute on the arc with no side error.

The closed dark brown case showing the hardware image
The closed dark brown case showing the relatively good condition of the hardware

 

WHAT IS A NAVISTAR CLASSIC: There are some sellers, either through ignorance or on purpose, call some Plath sextants by this name or claim they were made to the same standards or were the predecessor of this instrument.

Don't confuse this model with the similarly named Navistar Professional which. in our opinion, is the worst sextant made by Plath, or the Navistar Traditional which was made shortly before sextant production ended. That instrument has an error up to 20 arc seconds.

You can identify the Navistar Classic by these clues:

1. It has a special micrometer drum
2. The Navistar brand imprint on the arc.
3. The vernier has six indents and reads to 10 seconds of arc.
4. Comes with a fine wood case with a green absorbent liner as standard 
5. And originally came with an instruction booklet, and Plath's
certification with matching numbers.

For the seven year period from 1978 through 1985, only 1693 Navistar Classics were made. That is only 211 per year to satisfy worldwide demand. 

STAR RANKING: Taking the minor evidence of use into account and its years of service at sea, it easily earns a 5 Plus Stars ranking.

This is the 23nd Navistar we've offered. In our opinion, they are the finest of the contemporary sextants. They will be equally desirable at sea or in a collection of only the best, and should only appreciate in value.

Flawless Whole Horizon mirror image
Flawless Whole Horizon mirror
Equally fawless index mirroe image
Equally flawless index mirror
Vernier reads to 10 arcseconds image
Vernier with working light above index
Navistar Classic imprint and serial number image

Navistar Classic imprint and serial number

 
Opened case showing Green high impact liner image
The open case showing the Green High Impact liner, instruction booklet and accessories 
 
 
This C. Plath Navistar Classic requires someone who can appreciate the fine points of a sextant, and is willing to pay an appropriate price for this level of quality and excellence. It is suitable for a collector or for use at sea.
OUR QUALIFICATIONS: We are one of the few company's still selling navigation instruments   that know anything about them. For purposes of judging whether Joel's opinion counts, he was the editor of the chapter on sextants of the 1977 Edition of "Bowditch", The American Practical Navigator, NAVPUB 9; a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Navigation Symposium, 1975 -1978; the author of a book on marine sextants, Cornell Maritime Press,1975, and the founding president of Nautech Maritime Corporation which partnered with Tamaya of Japan in the introduction of the MS 733 Spica, the MS 833, Jupiter, MS 933 Venus sextants and the famous NC-2 navigation computer, in the U.S. market. Joel is a retired Master Upon Oceans, and held a U.S. Navy "D" Qualification as a Senior Skipper - Oceans. For six years he was a Varsity Offshore Sailing Team Coach at the U.S. Naval Academy. Some of his memberships have included the: Association of Naval Aviation, Silver Wings, The Tailhook Association, Naval Academy Sailing Squadron, McCampbell's Aces Squadron, Naval Historical Foundation, and the Naval Order of the United States.

C. PLATH COMPANY HISTORY: In brief, Carl Plath started manufacturing sextants, in addition to other nautical products, in Hamburg Germany in 1862 though the purchase of the David Filby instrument company though the company's origin dates back to 1837. As a result WW II, C.Plath was dismantled completely by the occupation forces. Around 1950, various prohibitions were lifted, and C. Plath was allowed to begin production again of sextants and other nautical instruments. Also in 1949,C.Plath was offered a gyrocompass patent and in 1951 the first gyrocompass designed to this patent was presented to the public. C.Plath progressed from the role of instrument maker to that of a modern marine navigation equipment manufacturer. In the following years the product range was expanded by many more modern designs such as autopilots, speed logs, radio direction finders, etc.

In 1962 C.Plath was acquired by Litton Industries, a large American concern.The C.Plath North American Division was set up in 1978 in College Park near Washington. 1996 saw the introduction of the world's first fiber-optic solid-state gyrocompass by C.Plath. The first ever gyrocompass with no moving parts. Sperry Marine was formed in 1997 with the combination of C.Plath, Decca Marine and Sperry Marine with more organizational changes yet to come. After 163 years, C.Plath changes its name to Sperry Marine in May 2000. In 2001 Sperry Marine becomes part of the Northrop Grumman Corporation. In the 1990's Plath came out with a series of new sextant designs with overlapping designs and confusing names. They seemed to have lost their way. Shortly thereafter, C. Plath quit producing sextants. The parent company has completely liquidated everything including machinery, equipment and spare parts.

C. PLATH NAVISTAR CLASSIC SPECIFICATIONS:

Measuring Range: -5 to 125 degrees
Telescope: 4 x 40 Coated optics
Frame: Bronze with black enamel paint and bronze arc.
Micrometer Drum and Vernier Scale: reads to 10 seconds of arc
Index Mirror: 59 x 44 mm. aluminized on the rear side.
"Transflex" Whole Horizon Mirror: 57mm diameter.
Shades:
4 for index mirror
3 for horizon mirror

Weight sextant: 4.2 lbs with 4 x 40 scope.
Weight case 6 lbs.

INCLUDED ARE:

  • 1 C. Plath Sextant frame
  • 1 4x 40 star scope 
  • 1 Mirror adjustment tool 
  • 1 Plath Navistar manual
  • 1 Certificate of accuracy 
  • 1 Soft hair brush

STANDARD FLAT RATE SHIPPING, INSURANCE & PACKING to 48 contiguous States, $50.00

OUR UNCONDITIONAL NO NONSENSE GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original packaging. Return items must be insured for their full value. Only a prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Shipping charges are included in this offer within the continental United States if the error is due to our fault.

International buyers welcome, but inquire first. We have satisfied customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, St. Maarten, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.

STANDARD FORMS OF PAYMENT are Bank wire transfer, cashier's check, money order, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared. Our prices are quoted net to us so that the use of credit cards or PayPal incur extra charges. Terms on overseas sales are different. 

This is the 24th Navistar Classic or one of its variations that we have offered since 2005. In our opinion, they are the finest of the contemporary sextants. They will be equally desirable at sea or in a collection of only the finest.
 
                                                       Copyright 2016 - 2014 by Land And Sea Collection. All Rights Resreved!
 
 

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Back then, there were only six satellites in space so the fix interval could be quite long, averaging 12-14 hours between them. Because of this time delay and because the coverage was intermittent in the North & South Pacific, the former owner used celestial navigation as a primary and back-up. However, the condition of this sextant is so perfect that it belies the fact that it was used at all. SAILING THE DREAM: The former owner bought it in mid 1984 after he and his wife met and decided they'd sail the world to form a more perfect union. In 1989, they embarked on a cross Pacific cruise from San Francisco Bay to New Zealand aboard their 50' coastal auxiliary stay sail schooner THALES. On the way, the schooner was used as backdrop in the movie 'And the Sea Will Tell', while they were in Ala Moana Honolulu. The sextant got used on that trip as it was the early days of SatNav, which only worked on and off in the North Pacific and hardly at all in the South Pacific. 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In 1989, they embarked on a cross Pacific cruise from San Francisco Bay to New Zealand aboard their 50' coastal auxiliary stay sail schooner THALES. On the way, the schooner was used as backdrop in the movie 'And the Sea Will Tell', while they were in Ala Moana Honolulu. </span><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">The sextant got used on that trip as it was the early days of SatNav, which only worked on and off in the North Pacific and hardly at all in the South Pacific. </span><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif"> Altogether, they lived and sailed in THALES for 8 years of magic.<br /> <br /> They made it to Fiji before the wife's pregnancy required that they sell THALES to a local Fijian couple who continue using her for their photo tourism business sailing in the islands. </span></span></h2> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="0" height="1" width="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td height="1" width="50%"> <table border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.MyEasyPics.com/is.php?i=1147091&amp;img=WIFEONDEX600X.jpg" alt="Wife in Bow pulpit in Figi image" border="0" height="350" width="375"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif">Wife in bow pulpit in Hawaii Ca 1989</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> <td height="1" width="50%"> <table border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3"> <tbody> <tr> <td><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif"><img src="http://www.MyEasyPics.com/is.php?i=1147090&amp;img=SORENOnDeck600x.jpg" alt="Owner on deck Figi border=" border="0" height="350" width="375"></span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif">Owner on deck anchored out in Hawaii Ca 1989</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="0" height="1" width="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td height="1" width="50%"> <table border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.MyEasyPics.com/is.php?i=1147092&amp;img=BOATHonolulu600Xjpg.jpg" alt="Schooner THALES moored along side in Hawaii image" border="0" height="680" width="500"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif">Schooner THALES  moored along side in Hawaii Ca 1989</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> <td height="1" width="50%"> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2 style="margin-left: 40px"><span style="font-size: 16px"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Since their family is now grown, and they have bought another yacht ARIANNA, at <a href="http://www.sailcyclades.com/"><font color="#003399">http://www.SailCyclades.com</font></a>, in which they intend to continue their adventures. </span><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">This time from Greece they'll make their way across the Med up to UK and then up the Irish sea to Scotland and the Outer Hebrides, then through the Kiel canal and join the ARC Baltic cruise to Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm and back to Denmark.  Then down to the Canaries and across to Florida and Yucatan for the winter of 2015.</span></span></h2> <h2 style="margin-left: 40px"><span style="font-size: 16px"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Since GPS is so universally effective, he wants the sextant to find a new honored position with someone who will appreciate and treasure it.</span></span><br />  </h2> <table align="center" border="2" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="0" height="1" width="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td border="0" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3" table=""> </td> </tr> </tbody> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center"><img src="http://www.MyEasyPics.com/is.php?i=1147095&amp;img=PLTHNAVSRCLASSIDVW750XBAKSORN20.JPG" alt="Back of sextant with 4 x 40 scope mounted image" border="0"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table align="center" border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3" width="92%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p align="center"><font face="Arial"><font color="#000000" size="6"><font size="6"><font face="Times New Roman"><font color="#000000" size="6"><font font="" size="3">Back of sextant with 4 x 40 scope mounted.</font></font></font></font></font></font></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2 style="margin-left: 40px"><span style="font-size: 16px"><font color="#000000"><font face="Arial">The Navistar Classic was the top of the Plath line and was made in limited quantities, and was manufactured with a guaranteed non-adjustable instrument error of 10 arc seconds or less. It sold for a premium over all its other sextants. For example, almost 30 years ago, they sold for over $1000.00, and as recently as 2001, the price had risen to $4000.00.</font> </font> <span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">In our opinion, there is no sextant in current production that achieves this level of quality.</span></span></h2> <table align="center" border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.MyEasyPics.com/is.php?i=1147099&amp;img=PLTHNAVSRCLASS34BTMVW700XSORN22.JPG" alt="Looking up from the bottom of the arc image" border="0"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table align="center" border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3" width="85%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><font face="Times New Roman"><font color="#000000"><font size="+0">Looking up from the bottom of the arc image</font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="+0">  </font></font></font></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2 style="margin-left: 40px"><span style="font-size: 16px"><strong><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">CONDITION: W</span></strong><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">ithout exception, th</span><strong><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">ere is little fault to find with the sextant . The case's dark brown exterior shows some loss of color on the top and some of the usual marks of age and use that you would expect. There is one tiny split in the veneer in the lower center which should be monitored. </span></strong></span><span style="font-size: 16px"><strong><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">The exterior hardware shows some slight discoloration. The index mirror adjustment is frozen, but there is no need to use it. These things are all minor and only mentioned for the sake of thoroughness. The lighting works and the index error is 1 minute on the arc with no side error.</span></strong></span></h2> <table align="center" border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.MyEasyPics.com/is.php?i=1147098&amp;img=PLTHNAVSRCLASSCSECLSDCLSD700XORN34..jpg" alt="The closed dark brown case showing the hardware image" border="0"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table align="center" border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3" width="85%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif">The closed dark brown case showing the relatively good condition of the hardware</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: center"> </p> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right: 0px"> <p align="left" dir="ltr" style="margin-right: 0px"><font face="Arial"><font color="#000000" size="6"><font size="6"><font face="Times New Roman"><font color="#000000"><font size="+0"><font size="+0"><font face="Arial"><strong>WHAT IS A NAVISTAR CLASSIC: </strong>There are some sellers, either through ignorance or on purpose, call some Plath sextants by this name or claim they were made to the same standards or were the predecessor of this instrument.</font> </font></font></font></font></font></font></font></p> <p align="left" dir="ltr" style="margin-right: 0px"><font face="Arial"><font color="#000000" size="6"><font size="6"><font face="Times New Roman"><font color="#000000"><font size="+0"><font face="Arial">Don't confuse this model with the similarly named <strong>Navistar Professional</strong> which. in our opinion, is the worst sextant made by Plath, or the <strong>Navistar Traditional</strong> which was made shortly before sextant production ended. That instrument has an error up to 20 arc seconds.<br /> <br /> You can identify the <strong>Navistar Classic</strong> by these clues:<br /> <br /> <strong>1.</strong> It has a special micrometer drum<br /> <strong>2.</strong> The Navistar brand imprint on the arc.<br /> <strong>3.</strong> The vernier has six indents and reads to 10 seconds of arc.<br /> <strong>4.</strong> Comes with a fine wood case with a green absorbent liner as standard <br /> <strong>5.</strong> And originally came with an instruction booklet, and Plath's<br /> certification with matching numbers.</font></font></font></font></font></font></font></p> <p align="center" dir="ltr" style="margin-right: 0px"><span style="font-size: 20px"><font face="Times New Roman"><font color="#000000"><strong>For the seven year period from 1978 through 1985, only 1693 Navistar Classics were made. That is only 211 per year to satisfy worldwide demand.</strong> </font></font></span></p> </blockquote> <p align="left" dir="ltr"><font color="#000000"><font size="+0"><font size="+0"><font face="Arial"><strong>STAR RANKING:</strong> Taking the minor evidence of use into account and its years of service at sea, it easily earns a 5 Plus Stars ranking.</font></font></font></font></p> <p align="center" dir="ltr" style="margin-right: 0px"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif"><font color="#000000"><font size="+0"><font size="+0"><font size="+0"><font color="#000000"><font color="black" size="4"><strong>This is the 23nd Navistar we've offered. In our opinion, they are the finest of the contemporary sextants. They will be equally desirable at sea or in a collection of only the best, and should only appreciate in value.</strong></font></font></font></font></font></font></span></p> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="0" height="1" width="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td height="1" width="50%"> <table border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.MyEasyPics.com/is.php?i=1147101&amp;img=PLTHNAVSRCLASHRZNMIR375XSORNO25.JPG" alt="Flawless Whole Horizon mirror image" border="0"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif">Flawless Whole Horizon mirror</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> <td height="1" width="50%"> <table border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.MyEasyPics.com/is.php?i=1147100&amp;img=PLTHNAVSRCLASINDXMIR375XSORNO27.JPG" alt="Equally fawless index mirroe image" border="0"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif">Equally flawless index mirror</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="0" height="1" width="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td height="1" width="50%"> <table border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.MyEasyPics.com/is.php?i=1147093&amp;img=PLTHNAVSRCLASVERN375XSORNO32.JPG" alt="Vernier reads to 10 arcseconds image" border="0" height="261"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif">Vernier with working light above index</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> <td height="1" width="50%"> <table border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.MyEasyPics.com/is.php?i=1147096&amp;img=PLTHNAVSRCLASSERNO375XSORNO32.JPG" alt="Navistar Classic imprint and serial number image" border="0" height="261"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p align="center"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif"><font size="+0"><font color="#000000"><font color="#000000"><font size="+0"><font size="+0">Navistar Classic imprint and serial number</font></font></font></font></font></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div> </div> <div style="text-align: center"> <table border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.MyEasyPics.com/is.php?i=1147097&amp;img=PLTHNAVSRCLASSCSEOPN700XORN37.JPG" alt="Opened case showing Green high impact liner image" border="0"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="1" bordercolordark="gray" bordercolorlight="silver" cellspacing="3" width="85%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif"><font color="#000000"><font size="3">The open case showing the Green High Impact liner, instruction booklet and accessories </font></font></span></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div align="center" dir="ltr"> </div> <div align="center" dir="ltr"> </div> <div align="center" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 20px"><strong>This C. Plath Navistar Classic requires someone who can appreciate the fine points of a sextant, and is willing to pay an appropriate price for this level of quality and excellence. It is suitable for a collector or for use at sea.</strong></span></div> <blockquote style="text-align: left"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><strong>OUR <img src="http://www.myeasypics.com/is.php?i=928413&amp;img=JHJNAVCOMP3[1].jpg" align="right" border="0">QUALIFICATIONS:</strong> We are one of the few company's still selling navigation instruments   that know anything about them. For purposes of judging whether Joel's opinion counts, he was the editor of the chapter on sextants of the 1977 Edition of "Bowditch", The American Practical Navigator, NAVPUB 9; a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Navigation Symposium, 1975 -1978; the author of a book on marine sextants, Cornell Maritime Press,1975, and the founding president of Nautech Maritime Corporation which partnered with Tamaya of Japan in the introduction of the MS 733 Spica, the MS 833, Jupiter, MS 933 Venus sextants and the famous NC-2 navigation computer, in the U.S. market. Joel is a retired Master Upon Oceans, and held a U.S. Navy "D" Qualification as a Senior Skipper - Oceans. For six years he was a Varsity Offshore Sailing Team Coach at the U.S. Naval Academy. Some of his memberships have included the: Association of Naval Aviation, Silver Wings, The Tailhook Association, Naval Academy Sailing Squadron, McCampbell's Aces Squadron, Naval Historical Foundation, and the Naval Order of the United States.<br /> <br /> <strong>C. PLATH COMPANY HISTORY:</strong> In brief, Carl Plath started manufacturing sextants, in addition to other nautical products, in Hamburg Germany in 1862 though the purchase of the David Filby instrument company though the company's origin dates back to 1837. As a result WW II, C.Plath was dismantled completely by the occupation forces. Around 1950, various prohibitions were lifted, and C. Plath was allowed to begin production again of sextants and other nautical instruments. Also in 1949,C.Plath was offered a gyrocompass patent and in 1951 the first gyrocompass designed to this patent was presented to the public. C.Plath progressed from the role of instrument maker to that of a modern marine navigation equipment manufacturer. In the following years the product range was expanded by many more modern designs such as autopilots, speed logs, radio direction finders, etc.</span></blockquote> <blockquote dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: left"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">In 1962 C.Plath was acquired by Litton Industries, a large American concern.The C.Plath North American Division was set up in 1978 in College Park near Washington. 1996 saw the introduction of the world's first fiber-optic solid-state gyrocompass by C.Plath. The first ever gyrocompass with no moving parts. Sperry Marine was formed in 1997 with the combination of C.Plath, Decca Marine and Sperry Marine with more organizational changes yet to come. After 163 years, C.Plath changes its name to Sperry Marine in May 2000. In 2001 Sperry Marine becomes part of the Northrop Grumman Corporation. In the 1990's Plath came out with a series of new sextant designs with overlapping designs and confusing names. They seemed to have lost their way. Shortly thereafter, C. Plath quit producing sextants. The parent company has completely liquidated everything including machinery, equipment and spare parts.</span></p> </blockquote> <blockquote dir="ltr"> <div style="text-align: left"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><strong>C. PLATH NAVISTAR CLASSIC SPECIFICATIONS:</strong></span></div> <center> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: left"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Measuring Range: -5 to 125 degrees<br /> Telescope: 4 x 40 Coated optics<br /> Frame:<strong> Bronze</strong> with black enamel paint and bronze arc.<br /> Micrometer Drum and Vernier Scale: reads to 10 seconds of arc<br /> Index Mirror: 59 x 44 mm. aluminized on the rear side.<br /> "Transflex" Whole Horizon Mirror: 57mm diameter.<br /> Shades:<br /> 4 for index mirror<br /> 3 for horizon mirror<br /> <br /> <strong>Weight</strong> sextant: 4.2 lbs with 4 x 40 scope.<br /> Weight case 6 lbs.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><strong>INCLUDED ARE:</strong></span></p> </blockquote> </center> <center> <ul> <li> <div style="text-align: left"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">1 C. Plath Sextant frame</span></div> </li> <li> <div style="text-align: left"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">1 4x 40 star scope </span></div> </li> <li> <div style="text-align: left"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">1 Mirror adjustment tool </span></div> </li> <li> <div style="text-align: left"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">1 Plath Navistar manual</span></div> </li> <li> <div style="text-align: left"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">1 Certificate of accuracy </span></span></div> </li> <li> <div style="text-align: left"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">1 Soft hair brush</span></span></div> </li> </ul> </center> <p style="text-align: left"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><strong>STANDARD FLAT RATE SHIPPING, INSURANCE & PACKING</strong> to 48 contiguous States<strong>, $50.00</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: left"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><strong>OUR UNCONDITIONAL NO NONSENSE GUARANTEE:</strong> If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original packaging. Return items must be insured for their full value. Only a prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Shipping charges are included in this offer within the continental United States if the error is due to our fault.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: left"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><strong>International buyers welcome</strong>, but inquire first. We have satisfied customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, St. Maarten, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: left"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><strong>STANDARD FORMS OF PAYMENT</strong> are Bank wire transfer, cashier's check, money order, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared. Our prices are quoted net to us so that the use of credit cards or PayPal incur extra charges. Terms on overseas sales are different. </span></p> </blockquote> <blockquote dir="ltr"> <div align="center" dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif"><strong>This is the 24th Navistar Classic or one of its variations that we have offered since 2005. In our opinion, they are the finest of the contemporary sextants. They will be equally desirable at sea or in a collection of only the finest.</strong></span></div> </blockquote> </div> <div style="text-align: center"> </div> </p?></font><span style="font-size: 16px"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif"><font color="#000000"><font color="#000000"><strong><font color="#000000"><span>                                                       Copyright 2014 by Land And Sea Collection. 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