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Maker: Longines
Year: 1940s
Model: 1940 WW2 RAF British Military Wristwatch Issued to Fighter Pilots and Navigators in 1940. Alloy Case with Military Issue Markings 6B/159 on Case-Back All Original Case, Dial and Hands. Calibre 12.68N Manual Wind Movement
Movement: Longines 16 Jewel Cal. 12.68N Gilded Movement Manual Winding Very Good Quality and Robust
Case: Stainless Steel and Alloy Case with Military Issue Numbers 6B/159 A 7814 on Back
Dial: Original Longines Dial with Original Hands
Band: Leather Stitched
Our Ref: Longines WW2 6B/159
Diameter: mm
Height: mm
Lug to Lug: mm
Band Width: mm

Hard to find and highly collectible, this is a classic British Military RAF pilot's wristwatch is from the heart of the Battle of Britain in 1940. The watch has British Air Ministry issue markings on the back and the 6B/159 indicating that it was issued to the RAF for fighter pilot or navigator's use. The movement number on this watch dates it to 1940. This watch is featured on page 101 of "Military Timepieces" by Z.M. Wesolowski and the following is taken from that book: "In 1939 the Goldsmith's & Silversmiths Company Limited approached Longines to supply them with a quantity of airman's wristwatches. These used a 16 jewel calibre 12.68N movement, which made the overall size of this wristwatch smaller than the normal Royal air Force issue timepiece (cf. the Omega, below). However, in this time of crisis and in order to meet the high demand for wristwatches the Air Ministry were only too delighted to accept these into service." and again this watch is featured on page 110 of the same book with, "Longines was the second most prolific maker of wristwatches to the Royal air Force (after Omega). Their offering employed the 16 Jewel calibre 12.68N movement, which was made available from 1939." Just think, this watch was probably on a Spitfire pilot's wrist as he fought in the Battle of Britain in the summer and early autumn of 1940!

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