Air Ministry wristwatch

Air Ministry wristwatch

Code: C26590

£495.00 Approx $609.61, €561.22
 

Stores reference  6B/234.  A substitute standard pilot's wristwatch by Waltham.  Essentially the same as the USAAF A-11 Waltham with a black dial and Arabic numerals.  Luminous numerals, white hands and red sweep second hand.  Fitted with an American made 36-hour keyless 16-jewel 'hack' lever escapement movement.  The chrome plated brass case is sound but has wear/scratching to the plating.  The dial is excellent and the the crystal very good.  Fitted with a replacement leather strap.  The rear 'screw-back' cover has British War Department broad arrow, 6B/234 and serial code markings to the rear.  Under the cover is an inner metal dust cap.  The actual movement is 'Waltham' signed and 42 dated.   The 'hack' facility that stops the movement when the crown is pulled out, appears to be in very good working order and the watch is keeping good time.  Unlike some of these that turn up, this is not an AAF A-11, re-issued/re-stamped for the RAF.  It was made specifically for the RAF.  At the moment these do not command the eye watering 4 figure sums of many standard 6B/159 pilot watches, making them a good investment.  Stock code C26590.