Here is a new purchase of mine: an 1960s HMT Jarwan (fake/ replica)...........or is it 1970s....or 1980s or.....
HMT Jarwan (Replica)
17 jewels manual wind, Made in India
Jarwan means soldier in Hindi, more particularly an infantryman. But it’s literal translation is young or youth. These watches were used by Indian Millitary in 1971 during India/Pak war. Since India was part of the British Commonwealth they kept the British "Broad Arrow" symbol on their military issued watches even after independence. Or so as I can find from the inter-web......
eBay is awash with fakes and replicas of these and this is a fake/replica, but I knew this from just looking at the photos before I bought it. Note the crudely hand engraved Broad Arrow on the case back! It is so badly done that it is crooked! Real military issued watches would have the Broad Arrow cast into the case back during manufacture, and it wouldn't be crooked! :D But for 8 quid you can't argue. Genuine ones seems to go for 60 quid upwards which is way too much.
I call this a "fake/ replica" because it is a genuine HMT mocked up to look like the military Jarwan model. HMT have been making the civilian version of this watch since the early 1960s and are still making them today. So what you see here is either an actual old vintage HMT watch that has been redialled with the military dial and crudely engraved on the back. Or a brand new HMT watch that has been redialed with the military dial and crudely engraved on the back.
In car terms it is like getting a standard vintage car and modifying it to look like the sports version of that model back in the day.
Anyway it is a very smart watch with a workhorse of a movement (based on an old Citizen movement) and it keeps very accurate time. I might stick it on a dessert green NATO strap for that WW2 desert rat look. (yes I know WW2 would have had the leather wrist band type strap...)