This is a re-post from a few weeks ago..military and pilots watches guys passed it by as it`s obviously not rare or valueable enough for consideration :0) -but I`m still curious.
my first post in this forum having stumbled across from my usual territory of vintage and pocket watches.
I was recently lucky enough to stumble across this nice Waltham PW as part of a job lot.
Since taking these photo`s I have cleaned up the case and adjusted the regulator and it runs amazingly accurately.
Some of the guys in vintage,along with my own Googling seem to have found a few basic facts-hopefully you specialist guys could confirm ?
It`s a Waltham 1609 model (size 16 ,9 jewels)
Serial number dates it to about 1942 and the first 4 digits of the long number on the case back 0552 denote issue to the Royal Navy.
If those are correct I have a few more questions I`m interested in finding answers to if anyone can help ? :
The T on the dial would seem to denote a possibly later upgrade/replacement dial to either the risks of Radium or the fact that the luminosity would begin to tail off -can anyone confirm this ? Was this done official through the M.O.D. ??
What does the 3 digit number above the pheon denote please ?
Does anyone know what the full long reference number denotes ?
It seems a pretty complex but fascinating area but having only having dipped my toe into these waters over the last two days my brain has been overwhelmed :0)
Thanks in advance for any assistance.