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MWC WW2 Pattern British Military Pattern 17 Jewel Hand Wound Military Pocket Watch

£199.00 GBP


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Military pocket watches along with their civilian equivalents are seeing a huge increase in popularity. Historically they were often employed for both land-based, Airborne 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 32mm diameter hence the pocket watch’s case size of around 50mm was vastly easier to see.

This classic WW2 pattern military watch with a small subsidiary dial second hand is based on the typical designs made by a variety of manufacturers and has a traditional 17 jewel hand wound movement, the watch has also been upgraded to a glass crystal which is superior to the acrylic / plastic crystals which were used in World War Two and were very easily scratched or damaged. 

This particular pocket watch has a solid stainless steel case made from Military Grade 316L stainless steel with subsidiary dial second hand.  


  • 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: 17 Jewel Handwound Mechanical Movement
  • Complete with chain
  • The Watch is delivered in its original box and has a 2 year factory guarantee

To wind the watch from an empty state to full, you'll need approximately 30 turns of the crown (most other handwound watches will need 40 or more turns so this movement needs somewhat less). Once fully wound, the watch boasts an average power reserve of around 36 hours. It's crucial to exercise caution during the winding process.

For those who use the watch on a daily basis and wind it consistently, say, every morning, a slight variation in the number of turns will not significantly impact the overall power reserve because it will be well below the maximum of around 36 hours.

Some users have reported that 25 turns is sufficient when winding every 24 hours, this seems logical because the watch would not need a full wind after 24 hours. Nevertheless, individual preferences may vary, and most owners tend to develop a sense of the optimal winding routine within the first few days of ownership.

Above all, it's crucial to emphasize the importance of not overwinding# the watch, which could lead to locking up issues or, worse, damage or breakage of the mainspring. Adhering to the recommended winding procedures ensures the longevity and proper functioning of the timepiece.

# To clarify, overwinding occurs when a mechanism is wound beyond its designated stopping point, posing the risk of damage or even destruction to the winding mechanism. It's important to note that overwinding is a concern primarily for manually-wound watches, not for their automatic counterparts which normally cannot be overwound.


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