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Air Ministry pilot's wristwatch

Air Ministry pilot's wristwatch

Code: C23313


Stores reference 6B/234, (originally 6B/159).  In 1940 the Air Ministry began to issue 'economy' (brand-less) watches to be used where the usual Longines and Omegas could not be justified.  These were built to the same high specification with a Dennison case, 16 jewel Swiss movement and a white dial.  Engraved on the back with A.M. markings and reference codes 6B/159 indicating a pilot's/navigator's watch.  However, this number has been 'overscribed' and replaced with '234' indicating the watch has been repaired and re-issued during the war (some watches were issued solely as 6B/234's indicating a subsitute standard pilot's wristwatch).
This example is in reasonable condition.  The case is good showing only fairly minor scratches and wear.  It is clearly marked to the back cover with a 1940 date code and has matching serial numbers on both case and rear cover. The white dial has black numerals and a chapter ring marked at 5 second intervals betwen 5 and 55.  Black hands and sweep seconds hand.  The dial is a bit discoloured/marked and the crystal has some light scratches.  Non original black nylon strap.  The watch ticks strongly and keeps accurate time.  A considerably cheaper way of obtaining a genuine early war period pilot watch.  Quite good overall condition.  Stock code C23313.