This watch was acquired by my late father when he was in the Royal Artillery in India during WW2, specifically 1944 to '46. The story he told was that he won it in a poker game.
He gave it to me when I was 21 in 1980 and I used it for a few years until it seemed to stop, whereupon it was put away in a drawer. My Dad wore it all the time until he gave it to me.
I've obviously done some web research and have discovered that these watches were sold in India at the time.
What I'd like to know is:
1. What do the numbers mean?
It has 6501 and 1054 on the back with the 1054 repeated on the side near the strap fitting
2. What does the little arrow on the back mean?
It is quite faint
3. The strap in Bonklip type but the imprint says "Fabrique en Suisse" and initials GF and a logo. As far as I know its always had this strap.
4. The hands don't seem to be the same as on other examples of similar watches but I don't think they've been changed in my lifetime.
I wound the watch up for the first time since the 1980s last night, set the time according to my clock radio which receives the Rugby time signal and was amazed to find it still keeps very good time. The second hand doesn't go round and the luminous paint has come off the hour hand but apart form that it looks like it just needs a clean.
I intend to get it serviced by a local watch repairer (Watch Doctors in Tring) and wear it. I rather like mechanical things and if it keeps good time why not? It is smaller than my usual Pulsar Quartz and many modern men's watches seem massive which I don't really like.
I'd be most grateful for any information that those with expertise in this area can provide.