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***SOLD*** Timor 'ATP' Slotted Back (Army Trade Pattern) Military Watch – WWII British Army - Issue c.1940


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A rare British-Issued Timor 'Slotted back' case 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 Timor has quite literally been through the wars, and has a few of 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. In this case, it's the case back: this version of the timor has a 'slotted' case back. This simply means that the mechanism to remove the case back has sets of rectangular grip ridges engraved into the steel back as opposed to 'scalloped' ridges which are wider and curved. It's a minuscule difference, but it makes the difference in the collector's world! We also have a scalloped version for sale- check out our military stock selection here

What's on offer

The dial, original to the watch since its production in the 1940s, has aged wonderfully. There is a rich pumpkin patina to the lume that fills the hour and minute hands, matched by dusky tobacco hour plots and jet black Arabic numerals which give off a beautifully authentic vintage feel to the watch face. The sub-seconds radial finish dial features the iconic ATP 'sunk' effect into the dial face, making for a nice subtle variation of texture across the dial. Above it is printed the word 'Waterproof'. Whilst this was originally the manufacture specification, we wouldn't put money on it today!

The case is in good condition, but does show signs of pitting and wear behind the lugs (though not visible from the watch face). There are signs on the lugs and case edges where the chrome plating has begun to fade, though this is for us a nice rugged aesthetic which reminds us that this was a watch which could have ticked as shells and bullets fell around it during WWII.

The case back bears the distinctive ATP military-issue engravings, with the British Military/Ministry of Defence 'broad arrow' Pheon on it, and the issue number '140267'.

Additional information

Made from

Case: Chrome topped

Dial: Original white dial.

Crystal: Acrylic.

Bracelet: Fabric Brown leather strap.

Technical specifications

Winding: Manual

Calibre: Cal 99B (P190)

Purchase details

Condition: Good, 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