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Smiths V308 - 8 Day Dashboard Clock and Mission Timer - From RAF V-Bombers - c.1954

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An Incredibly Rare Smiths 1954 R.A.F Aircraft 8 Day Dashboard Clock From On Board Valiant, Victor and Vulcan, 'V Bombers', with the Jaeger LeCoultre 'Patent' 8 Day Movement

These 8 Day Clocks were fitted into early V Bombers and other British Royal Air Force aircraft around the early 1950s. When the planes were either decommissioned or scrapped these clocks would, with other pieces of vital equipment, be removed and have subsequently become quite desirable and very collectible - they are often repurposed as either, desk, wall, or even dashboard clocks in classic cars. You may even wish to use it to restore your V Bomber project....lol.

What’s On Offer 

This very collectible 1954 Smiths - LeCoultre V308 Air Ministry R.A.F aircraft cockpit '8 day' clock has a stores reference 6A/3157 and is individually numbered 4471/54 on the case back.

These particular clocks all used a signed Jaeger LeCoultre 'PATENT' 8 DAY 13 jewel movement with lumed cathedral style handsets and are inset with a 'TIME OF TRIP' subdial and a sweep center chronograph hand.

Our clock is in very desirable condition and keeps excellent time as it was only very recently, serviced by the legendary military horologist John Senior.

The clock is finished in a matt black casing with a black dial and luminous Arabic numerals and hands. The sub dial is signed with 'TIME OF TRIP, 8 DAY, SMITHS and SWISS MADE'. The back of the clock case has the military arrow embossed and has a small riveted aluminum plate with Smiths, V308 325, 4471/54, and 6A/3157 stamped into it.

The clock is wound by rotating the left knob anticlockwise and both the main and sub dial hands are set by pulling up the knob and turning. The centre knob changes the small coloured circle at the bottom of the dial between red/green and the right knob controls all the chronograph functions.

Other than some paint chips on the case, there appears to be nothing else wrong with this clock visually. The approximate diameter of the clock case across the front is 83mm. A great piece of aviation history that anyone would be pleased to own.

Additional information

Made from

Case: 
Aluminium 

Dial:
Black with odd numbers in white, even numbers and hands are painted in lume. 

Crystal:
Glass 

Bracelet:
n/a


Technical specifications

Movement Type: Mechanical Hand Wound

Caliber:
JLC

Jewels:
13j

Waterproof:
n/a

Power reserve:

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent 9.5/10

Model Reference Number: 
V308

Date of issue: 1954

Guarantee:
12 months by VWS

Dimensions

Width:
83mm

Lug width:
n/a

Lug height: (lug to lug)
89mm

Wrist size: 
n/a