A Rare Chronograph Issued to The Royal Air Force For Only 2 Years
Original, matte black dial with tritium luminous mass, white hands
Asymmetrical, stainless steel watch case with screwdown caseback engraved with military markings 0552/924-3306 / 5133/76
High grade, manual wind movement, caliber Lemania 1872, 17 jewels
Black NATO strap
Overall, the watch is in excellent condition. The original matte, black dial retains its original tritium luminous mass. Dial and hands show original, matching lume. The watch case is very strong, absolutely unpolished. The chronograph starts, stops and resets perfectly. The movement is very clean. The recently serviced watch is in excellent running condition, showing a high amplitude, keeping accurate time. (325; +8s/d). Overall, in minty, investment grade condition. This watch was issued to the MoD only for two years in a very limited production of only 250 pieces a year. With only 500 pieces ever produced this is one of the most desirable and rare military watches.
Owner’s info: This watch was issued to a Submarine Officer at the end of his training as a Weapons Specialist. He was the person who pressed the “fire” button to fire torpedoes and needed the watch to time the gap between subsequent weapons in a salvo and then their “run-time” to impact. Among his other postings he went to the South Atlantic in 1982 with the UK task force. Before the Submarine sailed south, the crew landed all their personal possessions and any equipment not considered essential to make space for extra food and equipment required for “war”. What the Submarine actually did on that deployment is still subject to secrecy. However, all the equipment and possessions that were offloaded before they departed the UK were loaded into a container and put aboard the Atlantic Conveyor, a container ship commissioned by the Royal Navy to carry equipment south. Unfortunately the Conveyor was sunk by Argentine missiles and all was lost. When the Submarine returned to the UK after the war, the crew were asked what had been stored in their container. What an opportunity !! No accurate manifest existed so much was made by everyone claiming for personal and service equipment in compensation. The watch was claimed to have been in the container and was therefore sunk with the Atlantic Conveyor. So a replacement was issued. On leaving the service the replacement was returned but this original remained in the Officer’s possession. I guess that makes it “stolen” and it was gifted to me about 10 years ago by the Officer’s widow.