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What Is It?

I was sent these images by someone wondering what these are. Does anyone know?

The movements appear to be 7 jewel, 16 size products with limited finishing; very utilitarian. The dial side arbor, where the hands would be, looks like small tuning fork that would attach to something. They fit perfect in a vintage metal Kodak film canister. One is marked "6 hr" and the other "2 hr".

Military application?  Film application?

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