RFC aviator's cockpit watch

RFC aviator's cockpit watch

Code: C27535

£250.00 Approx $309.41, €290.36
 

Cockpit watch, Mk.V, Non-Luminous, c.1916.  Nickel-plated steel case with a self-starting keyless 30-hour, 15-jewel movement.  These movements were selected for accuracy despite the vibration to which they were submitted.  Black dial with white non-luminous Arabic numerals and subsidiary seconds dial.  Although normally referred to as a watch, these were actually fitted to the aircraft cockpit instrument panel via a special holder and used like a clock.  Note the elongated stem that allowed easier winding with a gloved hand and the bow on this example, common to most found today, that will have been added at a later date for 'pocket' use.  The dial looks good but closer inspection reveals some repair/touching up between the '10' and '12'.  Good clear 'crystal'.  The case is in good overall condition and has clear markings with War Department broad arrow and 'A' indicating aviation issue.  The unsigned movement is clean and in good working order.  Stock code C27535.