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

£475.00GBP
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A rare British-Issued WWII Leonidas ATP (Army Trade Pattern) watch, British Army issue markings on the case back with British 'Broad Arrow' 

One of the elusive 'ATP' series, this Leonidas 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, but 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 differences in appearance. Not only this, their dials have aged wonderfully into unique, organic vintage tones which vary from watch to watch. 

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

What's on offer

This particular piece, made by renowned manufacturer Leonidas (Heuer's main chronograph competitor in the 1940-50s), is in stunning shape, having picked up some of the nicest vintage signs of age, without letting its original design fade. Though missing a tiny portion of the inner lume on the hour hand, the patina on the hands and dial is a rich, orange speckled tone, one to be admired within the realm of discolouration in vintage watches. The sub-seconds register at 6:00 features concentric radial brushing, similar to many other ATP variants, and the chapter ring and black pencil hand contrast wonderfully with the silver reflective sheen to the dial.

Though the case does show minor scratching around the case edges, this is exclusive to these areas, with the rest of the plated case still in good solid shape. Indeed, many other plated case variants of the ATP series are usually much more scratched and worn- this case looks more like a solid stainless steel piece than its more tarnished siblings. The lugs particularly have survived impressively well; they still bear the original factory brushing on the tops of them! The glass is lightly scratched, but the crown pristine (possibly not original), and places the watch firmly into 'very good' condition, bearing its age in mind (1940s).

The watch comes with a 6-month VWS warranty and a leather custom presentation pouch.

Additional information

Made from


Case: Plated with solid steel case back.

Dial: silver

Crystal: Acrylic.

Bracelet: Vintage black leather strap.


Technical specifications

Winding: Manual

Calibre: FHF 186

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