Note that we're using the serial number from the watch movement, not from the watch case. Previous supplies of 'Instruments, time of flight', have been made, but the instruments have not been to any approved pattern. Conceivably, the Watch, 30 hour Non-Luminous Mark V was meant. The use of such instruments whether clocks or watches will be continued until they become unserviceable. Presumably, these instruments could subject to availability be secured from the Chronometer Section, Royal Greenwich Observatory, at need, but the channel of supply is unknown to me. Sorry about the quality Iphone is pretty good but! So, I purchase 2 Doxa's, one white, one black dial and 5 Jaeger leCoultre, 3 black and 2 white.
Traditional German Navy issue watch mark, 1871-1918 German Navy watch mark, c. I don't know when the Royal Navy formally designated its comparison watches as Watches, Deck, but we had the following notice routinely posted in the Horological Journal more than a century ago: Trial of Deck Watches of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, in 1890 Chronometer makers who may care to send watches to the trial must first obtain permission from the Hydrographer, Admiralty, Whitehall, S. Let's keep our fingers crossed. I had a friendly response to my inquiries, from both the Royal Engineers' Museum and the Royal Signals' Museum, but neither had any information to add. Although both the Royal Navy and the Army issued some telemeter chronographs, I have not yet seen an example of either. I own one of the Elgin 7j watches with a serial number just a few digits away from that mentioned above and have no doubt it is genuine.
Should look something like this. There where several brand as : Cyma, Omega, Damas, Doxa, Helvetia, Jaeger-leCoultre, etc. Some had as little as 7 jewel to as many as 22 jewels. It is based upon a study of various original lists and Vocabularies of Equipment. The quarter-hour digits, 3,6,9,12, in luminous material.
Royal Dutch Army issue watch mark, c. Acknowledgement I am most grateful for the kindness and professional skills of the Custodian and the Librarian of the MoD Pattern Room Collection and Library at Nottingham for access to references. This character is very deeply stamped. This picture shows the winder and stem pulled out to display the case stem. Immortal Freedom When it Rings! The serial numbers seen stamped on the inner case back appear to form a sequence which may parallel roughly the sequence of applied issue numbers.
Before leaving these instruments, it may be useful to mention some pricing anomalies which suggest that like the Watch, G. The first watch issued to the British armed forces was approved on November 26th 1870 and published as Paragraph 2151 of the List of Changes, e. . Is it possible to work out a date from that I wonder. Some have hall-marked silver cases dating them, but few carry any serial-number and Broad Arrow or acceptance mark. In each instance the dial carried either a number or a 'No. Otherwise any information would be greatly appreciated.
I suppose the firm my have had a sales office in London while the factory was in Coventry? British officers had long been expected to provide themselves with much of their own equipment, even in times of war, and a timepiece was just the latest addition to the list of requirements. Orator-marked to the main wheel. I knew I'd seen one for sale many moons ago and I recalled it was from this chap He's a good one for unusual finds inc military. International deliveries please contact us for a quote. Do you think there is any mileage in that idea? A long established family business since 1957 specialising in Antique clocks, vintage watches, music boxes and barometers. Nothing special, this is mine: Regards, Maarten :eek: I see this is an old question, but as nobody seems to have replied, and as it is a question that will come up from time to time, for the record: Y11262 is the order code 10675461 is the case number This is the case back of mine.
Movement numbers suggest a production in 1943 and 1944, but I have so far failed to trace any mention of them in my sources. About all it seems safe to state here is, that Watches, G. The serial number roof this watch is 64613. There is no warranty for this watch and returns for a non-working watch will not be honored. The broad arrow British government property mark, found in various forms on watch dials, cases and movements. All the examples seen to date are consistent with this idea as the mark is invariably stamped in a very crude approximation of the customary broad arrow eg by using 3 straight strikes. Wojsko Polskie — Polish army property mark, pre-1939.
The first two or three describes the type of watch. The watches are to be deposited here between the hours of 10 and 1 on any day excepting Sunday ,. Specified to be adjusted to to 3 positions and 'adj temp'. All of the Helvetia we have seen have a P in the first position of the serial number. Many watch companies made hundreds of thousands of watches, and some companies made millions of watches! These instruments are encountered either with long pendant enabling the watch to be held in a leather wristlet strap and in hard rubber mounts screwed onto dashboards, instrument panels, telephone switchboards, etc. From the issue numbers, I think the crisis in supply occurred c 1916 - I have a Williamson supplied with a new silver bezel and case back Hall Marked 1916 issue number 39xxx F that has been soldered on to a case that was Hall Marked in 1908 - speaks volumes of the 'exigencies of war' to me.
I wondered if it's a Minerva but it's difficult to verify. Legal Notice - International Military Antiques, Inc observes all Federal, State and local laws. If this is so, these watches would have been issued originally with no other War Department markings apart from the contract number. They were made for and used by the British Army as a basic pocket watch for officers. I don't know much else about H. In my experience, it's unlikely to have been issued to aircrew eg pilots or observers as the spec' 7-jewels is not good enough, and I'm guessing that the dial is not a radium dial. Condition report: Case in overall very good condition.