Ulysse NARDIN, Locle, Switzerland. No 28650


Fine WWII centre-seconds Deck Watch in its box, circa 1940.

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Substantial Swiss screw back silver case, numbered 600282 and stamped 0.925, with English import hallmark for 1939. Gilded keyless movement with the centre-seconds work driven by an extra 3rd wheel outside the top plate; movement, case, dial and box all with the Broad Arrow mark. Double-roller detached lever escapement, with polished steel club-tooth escape. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil and fine adjustment regulator. Perfect signed enamel dial with original blued-steel hands. 56 mm diameter. Together with its original Swiss 3-piece mahogany box with engraved ivory plaque, the inside with its Hydrographic Stores label stating that it was issued from H M Chronometer Depot, Bristol, on 16th July, 1940. Box 13 x 11 x 7 cm.

Ulysse Nardin, famous Swiss watch and chronometer makers. This firm supplied many such watches for wartime use by the United Kingdom, but few survive with their original Swiss boxes. Most were housed in adapted English boxes, and many were made unwearable by the removal of the snapping edge for the glass and the bow.

This watch was purchased by the admiralty in March 1940. It was transferred to the Royal Engineer Signal Stores where it was most likely issued to a unit of the Royal Marine Commandos - information gratefully received via the ICI (International Chronometer Index) housed at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

The box with signs of use and no key or lock escutcheon. The watch in very good but not mint condition. Cleaned and guaranteed.