Dreweatts' Senior Watch Specialist, Adrian Hailwood, introduces a fascinating group of military watches to be offered in the auction of Watches and Pens on 12 February.
An air of adventure and excitement
Fashions in watch collecting have changed over time - through the scholarly pursuit of pocket watches, the desire for vintage dress watches, and the craving for contemporary complications. We have now reached a point where the ‘tool’ watch is king. Yes, the other categories have their place and attract their aficionados, but the keen interest now is in non-precious metal watches with an air of adventure and excitement, whether as divers, flyers or racers.
Lot 230, Zenith, Special, base metal Pilot’s wrist watch,
no. 8211017, circa 1940s; est. £700-900 (+fees)
The military watch
This neatly intersects with another genre of watch collecting: the military watch, which is able to deliver on that ‘tool’ watch aesthetic and stirring backstory, often at a very affordable price. Warfare and watchmaking have had a long parallel history; in conflict, timing is everything. Whether it is the ticking of a bomb or a pilot’s precision wrist watch, mechanical movements have played a major role.
Lot 208, Longines, 6B/159, base metal military wrist watch,
no. A8030, circa 1940s; est. £500-700 (+fees)
A wide array of military pieces
The forthcoming auction offers a wide array of military pieces, some with fascinating stories, which will appeal both to the novice and the discerning collector. We have rugged little British Army ATP watches from the start of WWII as well as the better known WWW British Army watches from the last months of WWII. 6B Pilot watches from Longines and Jaeger-LeCoultre sit alongside rarely seen US pilot’s watches by Elgin and Waltham and a more contemporary offering from Seiko.
Watches worn by the Luftwaffe join those from the French and Belgian armies.
For those in search of the unusual and oversized we are offering massive Russian dive watches and a Royal Navy wrist-worn depth gauge as well as unusual wrist bomb timers.
Lot 221, Zlatoust, Black Shark, blackened stainless steel Russian military dive wrist watch, no. 295, circa 1980s; est. £100-150 (+fees)
Browse the catalogue
These military watches are offered in addition to our usual wide selection of vintage and contemporary wrist and pocket watches.
The sale also includes a fine selection of pens, to include two Private Collections of Parker pens.
Browse the full catalogue here
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Lot 210, Omega, Weems, Ref. CK2129, stainless steel wrist watch, no. 9948153, circa 1940s; est. £300-500 (+fees)