My latest WW2 pilot/nav watch

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  1. Flightpath

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    Hi,

    I thought I'd share my latest watch.........

    During WW2 the RAF sourced good quality wristwatches to supliment the 6B/159 Omega and Longines watches used by their pilots and navigators, unfortunately this is not one of them............

    Although this is a very nice watch I have since found out that it is not an ex-RAF watch but a 1950s watch with W2 markings and that Bravingtons were not suppliers to the RAF.

    The watch has a silvered face with black hands numbers. It has a stainless, waterproof, screw back case, it is non-magnetic and has a movemtent cover. The case is 32.5mm diameter with 16mm lugs (with spring pins).

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    cheers,

    -John
     
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    Very cool and interesting flightpath. Many thanks
     
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    Dear John:

    Many thanks for share with us your very nice treasures!




    Jan.
     
  4. Flightpath

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    NOTE................ I thought it was a treasure, but I have since found out that this is a 1950s watch with WW2 type markings on the back, the seller has very nicely agreed to give a refund and it has been returned, I'm learning to do my research before I buy something!

    P.S.
    Bravingtons were not a supplier to the RAF but purchased military items after the war to sell (this watch was never used by the RAF and is not ex-military).

    cheers,

    John
    P.S.
    I'm lucky to have just found something to take the sting out of finding a fake in my collection...... I just bought a 1943 RAF Omega 6B/159 in nice condition (no fake!)..........

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  5. paulh1

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    Hi I recently purcased this watch. The seller states it is ww2 pilot/navigator watch. It is stamped on the back can anyone tell me if this is genuine or if I have made a mistake. Thanks Paul.
     

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    It looks like one, although the old War Dept 'arrow' isn't engraved on the back. It is also similar to the current-issue G10 watch, of which very close copies are available.
     
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    Many thanks for your help. Paul.
     
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    6B/234 is the Air Ministry stores code for a Mk VIII watch, which was of a lower specification to the Mk VII (navigational standard) watch, coded 6B/159.
    The Mk VIII was issued for those tasks that didn't require the accuracy of a navigational watch, and ended up being a general aircrew item.

    Interestingly, the US-supplied A-11 watches, as used by the USAAF for navigational purposes, were deemed not to meet the 6B/159 standard and were thus marked 6B/234.
    Similarly, 6B/159s that, after repair, did not meet the original specifications were downgraded to 6B/234s, with the old code being barred out and the new one engraved below.

    I notice your watch is either in a left-handed case, or the dial has been repositioned.

    All the best,
    PB
     
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    Hi I have done some more research on this watch and apparently it origianally started life in a reconasiance camera 14A-737. The watch was set to the time before aircraft took off and then the time of picture was registered on the negatives.They were then recased and given to navigators/pilots. This watch is in a left hand case.Intresting little watch. Thanks for all your help.
     
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    Hi Paul,I attach some pictures of a camera clock in situ,If yours fits a standard pilots watch case
    it may not be a camera watch as it is too large.The serials check out as mentioned although
    the crows foot does not appear till much later in the war,the 1939-43 gear usually only
    has the 6b/ number and sometimes A.M or a Kings Crown.
    Cheers Mike
     

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    Very interesting clock there Versuch, many thanks for posting!!!
     
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