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Enicar 'ATP' - c.1938 - WWII-Issued British Military Watch

£565.00GBP
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A rare British-Issued WWII Enicar ATP (Army Trade Pattern) watch, British Army military issue markings on the case back with 'Broad Arrow'

One of the elusive 'ATP' series, this Enicar 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 17 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.

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.

The 31mm solid stainless steel case is in lovely condition for a watch of this age and has the scalloped edge on the case back, distinctive to this watch. The watch dial and hands do not reflect its age and have aged with a beautiful patina. The blued steel hands have their original luminous inserts. It also has a smaller than usual subsidiary seconds dial which makes the watch easily recognizable from other ATP's. The dial is pretty well unmarked and in beautiful condition. The case back is marked with /|\ - ATP and serial number 41xxx.

The dial on this watch really deserves some praise: a stunningly even, uniform golden tropical patina has grown all over the face, adding tons of vintage character to the ATP without affecting its legibility in the slightest. Thankfully, the hands have aged in a similar manner, and show a distinct contrast between the blue steel edges (still incredibly sharp and reflective) and their deep orange inner sections, which looks beautiful.

Additional information

Made from


Case: Solid stainless steel.

Dial: a beautiful tropical coloured patina.

Crystal: Acrylic.

Bracelet: New NATO style


Technical specifications

Winding: Manual

Calibre: AS 984

Purchase details

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

Model Reference: A.T.P.

Date of issue: c.1938

Guarantee


Comes with a 6-month VWS guarantee.

Dimensions

Width: 31mm

Lug width: 16mm

Lug height (lug to lug): 37mm