A-11 1940s WWII Pattern Military Watch With Plexiglass/Acrylic Crystal (Automatic) - Running Might Need Regulating
This watch is an A-11 below is a full description of this particular watch and the issues which it has (or is reported to have because in many cases the watches do not have significant issues, below that is the full information relating to this model from the factory website which gives full details of all of the dimensions, specification and other information relating to the watch.
Condition: Excellent and as New
Fault: Running Fine but might need regulating though it seemed fine for the five or six hours we left it on a test. Please note that the watch has been put onto the correct colour strap which is shown on a different watch in the final image. The other strap is used for one of MWC's clients but it's not really correct for the watch because Khaki would've been used during World War II.
SKU Code: A-11
This recreation is based closely on the original World War Two design from 1943 but has the advantage that it is now equipped with a high-performance self-winding 24 jewel mechanical movement. The watches at the time were made in a variety of slightly different styles by Elgin, Bulova and Waltham but were all based on an original US government specification laid down at the time. This watch is closest in appearance to the Elgin 539 which used a 15 or 16 jewel movement and were made for the USAAF between 1940 and 1945. The original watch was made from plated base metal (to save steel) but this modern recreation is solid stainless steel so it should stand the test of time better than the originals.
This particular recreation came into being because in January 2009 MWC was approached by a US veterans association who asked us to examine the viability of making a watch that was identical in appearance to the original watches which were made by Hamilton, Bulova and Benrus during the Vietnam war. They were sent samples of watches to examine and also the original specification sheets and the result was a watch which was very close to the original and used a high grade fully jewelled hand-wound movement, this watch was the GG-W-113 which we still make. As a result of making that watch, they were contacted again with a view to recreating this even earlier model because these are now almost impossible to find in good sound condition. The reason that finding one in good order is difficult is primarily that as outlined above most were made from 1943 onwards when resources were limited and hence cheap metal was used.
- Width Inc Crown: 38mm
- Width Exc Crown: 36mm
- Thickness: 12.9mm
- Lug Size: 18mm
- Lug to lug is 43mm
- Lug Type: Spring
- Dial Colour: Black
- Case Material: 316L stainless steel
- Caseback: Screw-down 316L stainless steel
- Crown: 316L stainless steel
- Water Resistance: 3 atm (30m)*
- Movement: 24 Jewel Automatic
- Glass: Plexiglass / Acrylic
- Luminous Material: Luminova
- Serial number on caseback
- Strap: 18mm
- Supplied in a gift box
* For details of water resistance ratings etc see Water Resistance