General Service Military Pocket Watch (Hybrid Movement with Cream Dial) - Not Running

£149.00 £29.00 29.00

This pocket watch is a PW/B1/CD 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

Model: PW/B1/CD

Condition: Excellent and Unmarked

Fault: Not running, fault unknown




Military pocket watches along with their civilian equivalents are seeing a huge increase in popularity. Historically they were often used for both land-based and naval applications. During WW2 they were frequently used by RAF and USAAF navigators and bomb aimers (US: Bombardier) in preference to a conventional watch. They often found it easier to place their pocket watch on the chart or bench or in the nose of the aircraft while they were working or approaching the target, the main reason the pocket watch was so popular was that wrist watches at the time were very small and hard to read with an average size of only around 36mm diameter hence the pocket watch’s larger size of not far off 50mm meant that the time could be seen much more easily. 

MWC make several variants of this watch with slightly varying specifications to meet the specific requirements of a variety of clients. This variant has a sophisticated hybrid movement combining the characteristics of an automatic watch such as sweep second hand with the benefits of a highly accurate quartz movement. The watch also has two subsidiary dials, one to measure a 24 hour period the other for the date, the watch is also equipped with a hacking feature for synchronization or to enable you to stop the watch running and conserve power if it won't be used for an extended period.

The MWC hybrid pocket watches essentially combine the best of new and traditional watchmaking technology. They encompass features from both our conventional automatic and quartz watches 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 but in terms of feel and outward appearance it looks the same as its mechanical sister models.


  • Diameter: 47.5mm
  • Length with crown: 58mm
  • Thickness: 14mm
  • Crystal Width: 40mm
  • Crystal Type: Domed Glass
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Caseback: Stainless Steel
  • Luminosity: Luminova
  • Movement: Hybrid VH31 (Mechanical/Quartz)
  • Accuracy: ± 15 seconds per month
  • Complete with chain
  • The Watch is delivered in its original box and has a 2-year factory guarantee