A-11 1940s WWII Pattern Military Watch (Quartz) with 100m Water Resistance - Ex Display Watch from a Trade Show Might Need a Checkover
This watch is an A-11/100QZ 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.
We buy these watches from various defence auctions and other disposal sales and it's frequently the case that we find that there is actually nothing wrong with the watch but it has to be assumed it will have some form of fault though in most cases it's very minor or as described below. These watches are disposed of at low-cost because we find that one of the problems is pressure of time for our service staff in the UK and elsewhere and in most cases they have given them a quick check over and nothing is immediately apparent though we have to assume that there is either no real fault with the watch or something will reveal itself over time in which case it’s normally a simple case of a service, repair or battery exchange depending on the exact model
Condition: Brand New
Fault: Nothing apparent and running and keeping time but came from a trade show and said "check" on the box but all seems fine.
SKU Code: A-11/100QZ
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 hybrid movement, glass crystal, screw case back and 100m water resistance.
The MWC hybrid watches essentially combine the best of new and traditional watchmaking technology. They encompass features from both our conventional automatic and quartz models resulting in a hybrid ultra-low maintenance movement. The hybrid movement has a battery powering the movement through coils and a quartz oscillator, but the hands are mechanically actuated and controlled. Essentially the movement is mechanical except it's powered by a battery and regulated by a crystal the only thing it doesn't have is a spring. This watch offers the ideal choice for buyers who would prefer the sweep secondhand as seen in automatic watches with the hassle-free maintenance benefits of a quartz watch.
Returning to the original watches made back in WW2 these 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.
The history of MWC's recreation and how it came into going back over 10 years to January 2009 when they were approached by a US veterans association who asked them to examine the viability of making a watch which 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 MWC 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 is good order is difficult is primarily because as outlined above most were made from 1943 onwards when resources were limited and hence cheap metal was used.
This model was developed in 2019 to retain the appearance of the original watches but with multiple upgrades such as screw-down crown, 100m water resistance and screw caseback as well as the hybrid movement.
- Width Inc Crown: 40mm
- Width Exc Crown: 38mm
- Hardened Crystal
- Thickness: 11.5mm
- Lug Size: 20mm
- Lug to lug is 45mm
- 100m Water Resistance
- Screw caseback and crown
- Hybrid movement with "Hack System"
- 20mm Canvas Strap