Air Ministry wristwatch c.1945

Air Ministry wristwatch c.1945

Code: C27622

SOLD

Stores Reference 14A/1102.  In 1940 the Air Ministry began to issue 'economy' watches to be used where the usual high-end Longines/Omegas/Jaegers could not be justified.  This Enicar Sport Incabloc is built to the same high specification with a stainless steel case with screw back, 17 jewel Swiss movement, cream dial, luminous hands and red sweep seconds hand.  Engraved to the rear with A.M markings and reference codes.  The official description for this reference code is a watch for 'reconnaissance duties'.  Also engraved '1945' as shown.  These are now rather rare as supplies of brand-named watches continued albeit in alloy economy cases.  This example is in very good used condition. The case has some scratches/bumps, the dial has minor marking and the crystal is very good.  Fitted with what appears to be the original period Bonclip strap.  The watch was running well but irritatingly, since photographing the movement, is now not working and the back won't screw on.  I believe the movement is misaligned in the case.  I don't think there can be much wrong but certainly needs attention and priced accordingly.  Stock code C27622.
Founder Artiste Racine established the company 'Racine Watch Co.' in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland in 1914, when he ingeniously reversed the spelling of his own last name to become the timeless brand 'Enicar'.