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Moeris 'ATP' - c.1940s WWII-Issued British Military Watch

£625.00GBP
vws1344+1348

A rare British-Issued WWII Moeris ATP (Army Trade Pattern) watch, British Army military issue markings on the case back with British 'Broad Arrow' 

Please note: there are two watches! Both are original genuine Moeris cases, with one of them complete and genuine and another featuring replacement hands and a worn case. This is to be used for spares and repairs! The first two product images are the 'good' and 'spares and repairs' watch respectively. N.b the main watch is missing its small seconds hand as shown in photographs. The sub-seconds hand on the spares and repairs watch will be used to replace this. This will be done upon sale. If you would like to purchase just one of these, contact us to discuss your options

One of the elusive 'ATP' series, this Moeris has quite literally been through the wars, but lacks the scars to show for it. A precursor to the famous ‘Dirty Dozen’ watches, produced for the British Armed Forces during World War II by 12 world-famous watch manufacturers (hence the nickname), the ATP (Army Trade Pattern) series of watches was made available at the start of WWII via a Military of Defence contract with 16 Swiss suppliers in 1939. Amazingly, in an effort to demonstrate neutrality, the Swiss supplied almost identical watches, this time with black dials, to the German military. The 20 variants of these ATPs have become highly collectable and touted due to the varying rarity of each model and ever so slight difference in appearances. Not only this, their dials have aged wonderfully into unique, organic vintage tones which vary from face to face. 

Just over 133,000 ATP watches were produced during World War II, and while the watches were meant to have been destroyed as fighting drew to a close, many were decommissioned and some continued in service.

In true ATP fashion, the dial features a sub-seconds register at 6 with concentric radial brushing, which refracts light as it turns. The dial body itself achieves a similar effect, projecting a subtle golden sheen back at the wearer. This is enhanced by the beautiful creamy, golden patina that the watch has grown as it has aged. The hour and minute hand lume plots are in fabulous condition, with a green/creamy vintage patina to them. Overall in great condition, with some rubbing on the case where the steel plating has subsided, though this is arguably to be expected of a watch from the Second World War. 

Additional information

Made from


Case: Plated stainless steel, solid case back.

Dial: Originally white, which has evenly darkened to a beautiful tropical coloured patina.

Crystal: Acrylic.

Bracelet: Vintage leather strap.


Technical specifications

Winding: Manual

Calibre: 10 1/2 C

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent, for its age, and in full working order.

Model Reference: A.T.P.

Date of issue: c.1940

Guarantee


Comes with a 6-month VWS guarantee.

Dimensions

Width: 31mm

Lug width: 15.5mm

Lug height (lug to lug): 38mm