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Lemania 'ATP' (Sub-seconds) - Tropical dial - c.1940s WWII-Issued British Military Watch


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

N.b. there were two variants of the Lemania ATP- one with central seconds and another with a small seconds sub-register. Here we have the sub-register version.

One of the elusive 'ATP' series, this Grana 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. 

It's rare that we see a watch with a tropical patina so deep, rich and even across the dial. Deep caramel, pumpkin and orange tones leap out of the dial in even the dimmest of lights. The lume and hour plots too have inherited a beautifully tropical tone with age, truly the stuff of dreams for watch aficionados. The hands, thin and sharp, have similarly warmed due to the presence of historical radium on the hour plots: it has decayed and coloured the hands, dial and and writing in a very curious manner. 

What's on offer

A fantastically preserved watch with impressively little in the way of wear for its age. The case, solid stainless steel, has minor wear marks and scratches but is not scuffed or marked heavily anywhere on the watch. The back is engraved 'A.T.P Q766' with a military serial number below, and bears Lemania's unique decision amongst the ATP suppliers to engrave their own specifications on the case back. 

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: Caliber 27

Purchase details

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

Model Reference: A.T.P.

Date of issue: c.1940


Comes with a 6-month VWS guarantee.


Width: 31mm

Lug width: 16mm

Lug height (lug to lug): 38mm