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    New Arrival... Unitas ATP....

    Hi Guys,

    The Military collection is growing..... with others on there way!

    1 of todays arrivals is this Unitas Military Issue ATP (Army Trade Pattern OR Army Time Piece - depending on where you read... 'Trade Pattern' IMO).. which will date from approx 1939-44.

    The seller (son in law of original owner) informs me the watch had not been used since 1978 (when the owner died).... He told me after the sale:

    "The owner was Capt. James Roberts of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was in Banking before WW2 and became a farmer when war ended."

    I have not done a search yet... but hopefully can find some info on the Captain!

    As for the watch, I have been searching for a ATP in reasonable condition for a while... as many for sale have quite worn dials! this has a tiny bit of patina/rad burn, but it just adds to the look IMO.

    Case is a good size and one of the larger ATPs at 33mm wide (excl crown) by 39mm lug to lug! The 17mm lug width is quite anoying... but as this is the same as my Smiths, I just borrowed the strap for the pics!








    Unscrewing the case back.... I was quite happy to see the Unitas 173 (have seen it referenced elsewhere as a 173 cal?) in great condition









    and to finish, just a few wrist shots!







    And the 'military' collection as it stands! I have a couple on there way with another getting serviced!





    info/comments always welcome!

    Marc
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    Re: New Arrival... Unitas ATP....

    Congrats Mark on another military watch, your military collection is looking mighty fine. Something about the military watches that look great dont think you find any bad looking ones.

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    Re: New Arrival... Unitas ATP....

    Quote Originally Posted by joeuk View Post
    Congrats Mark on another military watch, your military collection is looking mighty fine. Something about the military watches that look great dont think you find any bad looking ones.

    Cheers Joe!


    I know what you mean about them looking good... I think this is down to the simplistic design the dial/case has... there are no whistles and bells... just a well made watch, which is clear to read!

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    Re: New Arrival... Unitas ATP....

    That Unitas is in very nice condition.

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    Re: New Arrival... Unitas ATP....

    Nice watch - great dial.

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    Re: New Arrival... Unitas ATP....

    Another nice buy. Congrats.
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    Re: New Arrival... Unitas ATP....

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    That Unitas is in very nice condition.
    Quote Originally Posted by Paleotime View Post
    Nice watch - great dial.
    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    Another nice buy. Congrats.

    Cheers Guys.... Im very please with it! Just need to find the right strap.... I think it came on the original, but the buckle is missing (cant just replace it as the leather has broken that holds the buckle)...

    Its funny, the watch arrived at my work..... the guys I work with just see a worn looking watch.... a few years ago, I probably would have agreed!!!

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    Re: New Arrival... Unitas ATP....

    seem to be drawn to this page to admire your military watches, even the quartz look great

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeuk View Post
    seem to be drawn to this page to admire your military watches, even the quartz look great
    There are always lots for sale... the quartz Army/Navy watches are quite cheap... RAF (6B/6BB) are a bit more - hence I dont have one.... yet!
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    Re: New Arrival... Unitas ATP....

    Nice watch indeed.
    Your military collection is expanding at a fair pace, good looking watches and
    military watches are always built up to a standard...quality workhorses.

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