Military – James Dowling http://www.ukwatches.com Vintage Watches From James Dowling Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:48:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 040 WWII German Army Issue Record DH wristwatch http://www.ukwatches.com/product/040-wwii-german-army-issue-record-dh-wristwatch/ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:48:41 +0000 http://www.ukwatches.com/?post_type=product&p=982 During the Second World War, the UK purchased around 200,000 WWW watches for the Army, these are the so called ‘Dirty Dozen’ made by such famed Swiss makers as JLC, IWC, Omega & Longines; they were also ordered from such minor players as Cyma and Buren, in a desperate attempt to make up the numbers. And this watch comes from another of those minor players, Record who made around 25,000 watches for the army. But this isn’t one of them, although it uses the same movement. This one was made for the German army (Dienstuhr Heer), which explains the DH markings on the case back. Although the Germans ordered many more watches than the British, it seems that fewer of them have survived and of those that have, seem to have suffered rather more abuse than the WWWs have experienced

The movement is Record’s classic 30mm cal 022K, with 15 jewels and is unnumbered, unlike the British watches it has Incabloc shock protection on the balance.

The case is numbered 436875 with the letters D & H bookending the number, the case back is also stamped with the word ‘Stahlboden’, meaning steel back; but as far as I can tell the entire case is stainless steel. The inside case back is completely blank. Like the British WWW watches, it also has fixed strap bars.

The original matt black dial has full Arabic numerals with luminous paint on all of them, although much of the luminous paint has now discoloured to black and it also has polished steel luminous pencil hands with needle tips. It has a small subsidiary seconds dial with a polished steel seconds hand. The dial is signed “Record Watch Co” in gilt print under the 12 and immediately below is the word “Genf” (German for Geneva).

The case is 90% and the movement and dial are both 90+%.

The watch measures 34mm Diam, 41mm lug to lug and is 11mm high; it takes an 18mm strap and a new NATO strap is fitted to the watch.

£1,750.00 (approx.$995.00 US)

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021 WWII German Army Issue Record Watch http://www.ukwatches.com/product/039-wwii-german-army-issue-record-watch/ Wed, 10 Oct 2018 16:57:29 +0000 http://www.ukwatches.com/?post_type=product&p=971 During the Second World War, the UK purchased around 200,000 WWW watches for the Army, these are the so called ‘Dirty Dozen’ made by such famed Swiss makers as JLC, IWC, Omega & Longines; they were also ordered from such minor players as Cyma and Buren, in a desperate attempt to make up the numbers. And this watch comes from another of those minor players, Record who made around 25,000 watches for the British army. But this isn’t one of them, although it uses the same movement. This one was made for the German army (Dienstuhr Heer), which explains the DH markings on the case back. Although the Germans ordered many more watches than the British, it seems that fewer of them have survived and those that have seem to have suffered rather more abuse than the WWWs have experienced

The movement is Record’s classic 30mm cal 022K, with 15 jewels and is unnumbered, but unlike the British watches it has Incabloc shock protection on the balance.

The case is numbered 436875 with the letters D & H bookending the number, the screwed case back is also stamped with the word ‘Stahlboden’, meaning steel back; but as far as I can tell the entire case is stainless steel. The inside case back is completely blank.

The original matt black dial has full Arabic numerals with luminous paint on all of them, although much of the luminous paint has now discoloured to black and the steel pencil hands with needle tips also have luminous infill. It has a small subsidiary seconds dial with a polished steel seconds hand. The dial is signed “Record Watch Co” in gilt print under the 12 and immediately below is the word “Genf” (German for Geneva).

The case is 90% and the movement and dial are both 90+%.

The watch measures 34mm Diam, 41mm lug to lug and is 11mm high; it takes an 18mm strap and a new NATO strap is fitted to the watch.

£750.00 (approx.$995.00 US)

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011 1917 Sterling Silver Zenith ‘Land & Water’ Trench Watch http://www.ukwatches.com/product/011-unusual-oversized-royce-professional-marine/ Wed, 10 Oct 2018 16:17:00 +0000 http://www.ukwatches.com/?post_type=product&p=967 One of the more interesting watches to be introduced during the First World War, the Zenith Land and Water can claim to be one of the very first wristwatches designed to solve the problems of moisture and dust entering the case.

It uses a remarkable case construction where the case and back are one bowl shaped unit and the movement and dial sit inside this under a screwed bezel and glass. This model was exclusive to the firm’s main UK retailer, Birch & Gaydon and advertised as being especially designed for naval & military officers (which explains the Land & Water name). In fact Zenith’s name appears nowhere on the exterior of the watch, either on the dial or case. Only the retailer’s name & full address appear, as well as the model name above the seconds dial.

The dial is black enamel free of any visible cracks or chips, with very large white Arabic numbers which originally would have had radium paint upon them, this has been removed, although all three of the hands still have their radium inserts present. There is a small sunken seconds dial at the 6 position and the seconds hand, most unusually also has a radium insert.

The case is Swiss made, sterling silver and bears the Glasgow import marks for 1917. It has Zenith’s silver sponsor’s mark of ‘ZWC’ in a triangular cartouche near the winding stem and the case number 3049705 on the other side of the case interior.

The movement is gilt finished, jewelled to all the pivots, although in those days it wasn’t necessary to state the number of jewels or adjustments, it is obviously a very high quality movement with Zenith’s patented ‘snail shell’ micrometer regulator and highly polished steel winding wheels. It is numbered 2314493, stamped ‘Swiss Made’ and (like all watches of this period) does not have any form of shock protection for the balance.

The movement is 90+%, whilst the case & dial are also both 90%.

Width 35mm; Lug-to-Lug 38.8; Height 11mm. It takes a 12.5mm strap and an excellent brown leather replica of the original one is fitted.

£2,500.00 (approx. $3,300.00 US)

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SOLD BRITISH ARMY ISSUED HAMILTON W10 MILITARY WATCH Falklands Conflict http://www.ukwatches.com/product/006-british-army-issued-hamilton-w10-military-watch-falklands-conflict/ Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:08:13 +0000 http://www.ukwatches.com/?post_type=product&p=828  

 

Made by Hamilton Switzerland (now part of the Swatch Group), not the original US company; these watches were standard issue to all three British armed forces, the only difference between the watches issued is the case back engraving, which shows that this one was an Army watch. Its issue date is 1973, so it is likely to have seen action in the Falklands conflict of 1982.

The case is an unusual one piece case in a tonneau shape, the movement is removed through the glass opening at the front, after the split winding stem is removed. The movement itself is a Hamilton cal 649 (actually an ETA 2750) with 17 jewels, with incabloc shock protection & a hacking seconds facility.

The rear of the case has full British military markings, including the issue number, the marks are:

the MOD broad arrow

523-8290

W10-6645-99

16712/73

The watch measures 32.5mm Diam, 41mm lug to lug and is 10mm high; it takes an 18mm strap and has fixed strap bars, the watch runs well and keeps time, and it has been serviced.

SOLD

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036 Unusual Eterna Czech military watch from the mid 1930s http://www.ukwatches.com/product/005-unusual-eterna-czech-military-watch-from-the-mid-1930s/ Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:03:35 +0000 http://www.ukwatches.com/?post_type=product&p=821 Interesting Eterna Military Wrist Watch made for the Czechoslovak Military prior to WWII  and has the most unusual case construction I have ever seen. There are 4 distinct parts to the case, a movement holder/case back, a central case body with lugs, the glass and a securing ring which locks the case back and body together.

The original black dial is signed Eterna and it has heavy luminous numerals, steel skeleton hands with luminous infill and sunken subsidiary seconds dial at the 6 position. The unusual Stainless Steel 3 piece Case has a separate movement holder/caseback and downward facing faceted lugs

The case back is engraved with the inscription, “MAJETEK VOJENSKE SPRAVY”  (which means “Property of Military Affairs”) and the issue number 100343.

The movement is the Eterna Cal. 520 rhodium plated 15 Jewels Movement, with an oversize compensated balance; like most movements of this period, the balance is not shock protected.

The case & dial are both 90% whilst the movement is 95%.

The watch measures 36mm Diam, 43mm lug to lug and is 8.5mm high; it takes a 19mm strap and a heavy sueded dark brown leather strap is fitted to the watch.

 

£950.00 (approx. $1,375.00 US)

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041 Australian Air Force Hamilton Pilot’s watch; Vietnam era http://www.ukwatches.com/product/041-australian-air-force-hamilton-pilots-watch-vietnam-era/ Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:48:15 +0000 http://www.ukwatches.com/?post_type=product&p=808 Hamilton FAPD 5101 navigation wrist watch was issued to USAF navigators during the Vietnam war and shortly after, they are quite rare and very desirable. But this isn’t one of them; this is the much more rare Australian Air Force issue version

The movement is a Hamilton cal 684 (which is actually an ETA 2391) with 17 jewels; it is jeweled to the center wheel and has a direct drive sweep seconds hand.

The movement is protected from magnetic influences by a Faraday cage comprising a soft iron movement ring, removable movement cover and an extra thick dial.

The dial is matt black with small luminous inverted triangle marking each of the 12 hour positions, position The dial also has full Arabic numbers in white. The dial is unsigned, apart from a tiny “Swiss” below the outer minute track. The hands are white painted skeleton leaf shaped with needle points and heavy tritium infill; obviously after all this time the luminous no longer functions.

The case has an unusual construction with an annular recess in the case body into which the gasket fits, rather than the more common method of placing the gasket on the case back. The inside of the case back is signed “Hamilton Watch Co Swiss Made”; the case back is signed with Austrailan Air Force issue marks. The watch has fixed bars.

The case is 95+%, whilst the dial and the movement are both 99%.

The watch measures 37mm Diam, 46mm lug to lug, it is 13mm high and takes an 18 mm strap and a new NATO (G10) strap is fitted.

£4,000.00 (approx. $5,750.00US)

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SOLD Zenith Special original Pilot’s watch from the 1930s http://www.ukwatches.com/product/036-zenith-special-original-pilots-watch-from-the-1930s/ Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:17:54 +0000 http://prasanjit.000webhostapp.com/watches/?post_type=product&p=369 This watch is one of a number made in the decade prior to WWII, which are collectively known as “aviator’s watches”, but more correctly as Pilot’s or Navigator’s Watches. The IWC Mk IX is probably the best known of the bunch but Zenith, Movado, Omega, Helvetia & Avia and many others also made similar watches.

Large size cases, black dials with radium numerals & hands and a rotating bezel with a movable pointer below the glass are the distinguishing features. Most of them seem to have been designed for and used by the nascent German Luftwaffe pilots although they were never really issued; however the overall design lived on in the Hanhardt chronographs used by the Luftwaffe during WWII.

An identical watch is shown in K. Knirim’s “Military Timepieces” on page 373 and what is most interesting is that this watch also has the very large winding tube protruding from the case side to enable winding while wearing flying gloves in the unheated cockpits of those early days.

The watch uses the brushed gilt finish in house manufacture Zenith Cal. 13-2-1, numbered 3059418, it has Manual Winding, and ‘snail shell’ micrometer adjustment of the regulator. Like all watches from this era, it has no shock absorption for the balance staff. The movement is protected by a dust cover; which, unusually, is made from mineral glass, allowing the movement to be seen in all its glory.

The alloy case is in not so good condition, the rotating bezel moves freely, but the screwed back has experienced some corrosion over time.

The Original Black enamel Dial has a sunken subsidiary seconds dial at the six position the indices are luminous bars, with double bars at the 12 position. The ‘pencil’ hands are luminous, but as can be expected with an 80 year old watch, none of the luminous still functions.

The dial is 90%, whilst the movement is 95% and the case is 80%.

The watch measures 35.2mm Diam, 39.5mm lug to lug, it is 12mm high and takes a 20 mm strap and a black leather strap is fitted.

 

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029 Lemania Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm chronograph http://www.ukwatches.com/product/029-lemania-royal-navy-fleet-air-arm-chronograph/ Thu, 26 Oct 2017 18:40:23 +0000 http://prasanjit.000webhostapp.com/watches/?post_type=product&p=323 This is a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm one button chronograph from the late 1950s.

Unlike the later “asymmetric” one button chronographs, this is a much larger version and unlike the later one this case was used by Lemania alone.

Fleet Air Arm navigator’s wrist chronograph with the case engraved with the stock control number 0552/924-3305.

The dial is silver with large black Arabic numerals for the except 3 and 9, the subsidiary dials are quite small in comparison to the rest of the watch. There is a circled T below the centre post, indicating that the watch uses tritium on the hands although there is no luminous on the dial, and it is obvious that there never was.

The movement is a Lemania caliber 13CH-1 with 17 jewels, gilt finish, column wheel operation of the chronograph functions and no shock protection on the balance. The movement is not numbered.

The movement is 95%, whilst the dial and the case are both 85%.

The watch measures 39mm Diam, 46mm lug to lug, it is 14mm high and takes a 20mm strap and a new NATO (G10) strap is fitted.

£2,250.00 (approx. $3,000.00 US)

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027 Smiths British Army Falklands era watch http://www.ukwatches.com/product/027-smiths-british-army-falklands-era-watch/ Thu, 26 Oct 2017 18:11:14 +0000 http://prasanjit.000webhostapp.com/watches/?post_type=product&p=312 Dating from 1969 this is a very special model as it was the last mechanical watch supplied to the British armed forces and in fact these watches were the last mass produced mechanical watches made in England.

The watch is engraved ‘W10’ on the caseback, meaning it was issued to the Army. Being issued in 1969, it is likely to have seen service during the Falklands conflict of 1982.

The cal 115 movement has 17 jewels, indirect center seconds and is numbered 60466E; it has a gilt finish and the classic exposed winding wheels and click spring; like all British military watches from this period it has a “hack” seconds facility.

The gloss black dial has white painted full Arabic numerals with a “railway lines” outer seconds track, heavy luminous batons at each quarter hour mark and smaller luminous dots for the remainder. The dial is signed “Smiths” at the top and below that is the circled T (standing for Tritium) and there is the British broad arrow mark above the 6.

Smith’s quit the watch business in the early 1990s and are back in their original business of instrument manufacturers making gauges for aircraft cockpits and most of the scanners you will see at airport security lines.

The case is 95%, as is the movement, whilst the dial is 95+%. Please note that the watch hacks correctly, unlike many of the Smiths military watches.

The watch measures 35mm Diam, 46mm lug to lug, it is 11mm high and takes a 17mm strap and a new replica of the original fabric one is fitted.

£1,250.00 (approx. $1,650.00 US)

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019 Very rare 1981 Foresta SAR DGzRS 200m Dive Watch http://www.ukwatches.com/product/019-very-rare-1981-foresta-sar-dgzrs-200m-dive-watch/ Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:25:25 +0000 http://wordpressuae.site/watches/?post_type=product&p=39 The watch is one of a batch of 20 issued to the DGzRS in 1981, the DGzRS is the German Search and Rescue organization; somewhere between the USCGS and the RNLI in the UK.

(DGzRS means “Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger”, or, in English “German Maritime Search and Rescue Service”) You can find out more info on the English page of their website https://www.seenotretter.de/en/who-we-are/

Foresta were a small Swiss firm who made watches under contract to stores and wholesalers, rarely putting their own name on their products. Like many comparable firms they made their watches using commercially available parts, the watch uses the same MONNIN case as the early famous HEUER Divers. Caseback inside is marked with             ” BREVET + 503.305 MRP.SA SWITZERLAND ”

Google for “Heuer 503.305” or “Monnin 503.305”, to discover how desirable they are.

The unidirectional bezel has an acrylic insert, similar to the early Seamaster 300 ones, the numbers are engraved into the rear of the bezel and then filled with luminous paint, so that no amount of rubbing will cause them to fade. The screwdown crown is protected by large pointed crowns and the sapphire glass is unmarked.

The movement is a Swiss quartz 7 jewel one signed by Harley

The matt black dial is most unusual, with giant luminous Arabic 6,9 & 12 numbers and large white and red striped batons for the remainder, all the numbers have luminous dots at their periphery. The hands are also unusual with a ‘spade’ shaped hour hand and a wide ‘pencil’ minute hand.

The watch keeps excellent time, as one would expect from a modern quartz watch, it has just had a battery change and has been pressure tested to 100m and it passed with flying colours.

Diameter 41.5mm; Lug to Lug 46.5mm; Height 10mm, it takes a 20mm strap and a new black NATO strap is fitted.

£1,500.00 (approx. $1,950.00 US)

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