Pocket watches were still widely used by the military in WW2, and this Waltham has all the correct markings and history. Model reference 1609.
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
From the serial number on the movement we can accurately date this watch to being made in 1942.
The Waltham 16s movement doesn’t meet the guidelines laid out by the MoD, as it only has 9 jewels. However many of these watches went into service , either marked with the Pheon broad arrow like this example, engraved GSTP, or engraved with the army part number 0552/520-8049. They were used because the movement, adjusted to three positions and temperatures, proved to be both robust and accurate, therefore ideal for military use.
These are not rare watches – over 139,000 were made – but this is a very good example. The case, by Keystone, has no dents and both the front and rear covers screw off nicely. The movement is clean and is running well. The acrylic crystal is clear and free of chips or cracks. The black dial has even patina, befitting the watches age. The hands are straight, and the rarer set often used on the non luminous version of the watch. Most of these have the cathedral type hands. Overall this is a good example of an interesting watch, and who knows what stories it could tell?
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Width with crown 65.1 mm
Width without crown 51.6 mm
Case Thickness 15.2 mm
All sizes are approximate.
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