Rarely do we have the opportunity
to offer an absolutely outstanding and near flawless "Collector Quality" example of any maker's sextant. In this
case we present a rare Ca 1988 C. Plath Navistar Classic, Serial No. 63548, in its magnificent Mahogany
wood case with an upgraded Carl Zeiss 4 x 40 scope and the Deutche Hydrographic Institute stamp of approval.
The Deutche Hydrographic Institute stamp of approval elevates
it to the highest level because it indicates this instrument was tested by them and found to meet the more stringent
standards for commercial use. Hence, this sextant sold for more originally then the regular Navistar Classic.
The Navistar Classic was the top of the Plath line and was made in limited quantities. 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 $3200.00 in its standard form. The visual clue is the special micrometer drum and the Navistar
brand imprint. The vernier has six indents and reads to 10 seconds of arc. On its index arm is a label from the Deutche Hydrographic
Institute dated 2/1/78 certifying it for commercial service. It comes with its original detailed instruction booklet, and
Plath's certification with matching numbers. We took a couple of test sights and it has no index or side error. C. Plath quit producing sextants around 2001. The parent company has completely liquidated everything
including machinery, equipment and spare parts concerning Plath's sextant manufacturing.
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.
CONDITION: There is little discernable evidence of wear or use so that it can be considered as near new in all respects.
It operates like a well oiled piece of machinery, and has NO faults even minor ones. The horizon mirror shows as
NEW, and the index mirror has only one tiny spec of black on the edge. The case is has some
scuff marks. The lighting works. The bronze arc is clean and fresh. There is no index or side error.
STAR RATING: This super fine Collector Quality instrument rates FIVE
PLUS STARS irrespective of age, the fourth time I have given that rating.
Near flawless index mirror
This is the one of the finest examples of a previously owned C. Plath Navistar Classic that we
have ever seen and is suitable for a collector or for use at sea . It 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.
From 1995 through 2000, I served as a Varsity Offshore Sailing Team coach at the U.S.
CREDENTIALS: We are one of the few people still selling
navigation instruments that know anything about them. For purposes of judging whether my opinion counts, I 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 Board, 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.
I am also a retired Master Mariner, and held a U.S. Navy "D" Qualification as a Senior Skipper - Oceans.
COMPANY HISTORY: In brief, Carl Plath started manufacturing
sextants, in addition to other nautical products, in Hamburg Germany in 1862 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, and shortly thereafter discontinues sextant production. All parts,
machinery, and tooling were destroyed.
C. PLATH NAVISTAR CLASSIC SPECIFICATIONS:
Measuring Range: -5 to 125 degrees
Telescope: 4 x 40 Coated
Frame: Bronze with black enamel paint and bronze arc.
Micrometer Drum and Vernier Scale: reads
to 10 seconds of arc
Index Mirror: 56 x 42 mm. aluminized on the rear side.
Horizon Mirror: 57mm diameter.
for index mirror
3 for horizon mirror
Weight sextant: 4.2 lbs, Weight case 6 lbs.
OF SATISFACTION: You must be fully satisfied with your purchase on arrival and that our description is
entirely accurate or your money back. The only conditions are that an email authorization be obtained within three days, and
that the instrument is returned in its original condition and packaging, and insured for its full value. Unfortunately, shipping
charges are not included in this offer and are non-refundable unless we are at fault.
International buyers welcome, but inquire first.
We have satisfied customers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England,
France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Martinique, Mexico, New
Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, USVI and the Eastern
ACCEPTED 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. No checks from overseas
buyers, no credit cards or PayPal accepted on this item.
Only twice before have we offered a Navistar sextant
that was so perfect. A true masterpiece that will be equally home at sea or in a collection of only the finest.
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