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Record c.1940s ATP - Army Trade Pattern - British Army-issued WWII Watch

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

One of the elusive 'ATP' series, this Record 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 Ministry of Defence contract with Swiss suppliers in 1939 (amazingly, in an effort to demonstrate neutrality, the Swiss supplied almost identical watches, this time with black dials, to the Germany 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 ATP watches are considered true British Military watches, made available at the beginning of the Second World War by an MoD (Ministry of Defence) agreement with 16 Swiss watch manufacturers, dating from 1939. Of these 16, Timor, Ebel, Lemania and Revue each made two variants, often denoted by a small variation in the dial, case back or movement. They were best characterised by their sub-seconds dial at 6:00 with concentric (radial) brushing, and their radium-lumed hour plots which have aged marvellously into warm, orange pumpkin speckles. 

What's on offer

Record's ATPs, this included, were sat inside solid stainless steel 32mm cases. Compared with the chrome-topped cases, the solid stainless steel ATP variants tend to see their cases much better preserved today. This one is particularly fine, with hardly any significant signs of wear to speak of. The lume has been replaced on the minute hand, though in our opinion this makes for a unique appeal to the dial! The radium hour plots are all entirely original, but have faded noticeably on a couple of the hour plots as the images show. This is most distinct on plots 5:00 and 7:00. The watch is keeping good time on our timegrapher, powered by the caliber 106 manually-wound movement. A sturdy, collectable, honest early example of a British military-issue watch. 

Additional information

Made from


Case: Solid stainless steel

Dial: Original dial

Crystal: Acrylic.

Bracelet: Leather buckle strap


Technical specifications

Winding: Manual

Calibre: 106

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: 32mm

Lug width: 15mm

Lug height (lug to lug): 36mm