All original, 1940s Rotary ATP WW2 Military issue watch, rare example unmolested.
This watch is ideal for collectors as whilst it remains originality in all aspects, it is nicely aged in a "Wabi-Sabi" manner.
Rotary were one of 17 companies selected to provide watches to the British military for military issue to troops during WW2, from 1939-1945.
ATP stands for either "Army Trade Pattern" or "Army Trade Piece".
The Rotary ATP watch is often the favourite for collectors and had one of the lowest production runs, making it hard to come by, let alone good examples. The Rotary serial numbers are often in the format of Mxxxx.
Only 25 examples have came on to the open market in the last 4 years.
All ATP watches were created with similar specifications to make them standard issue. However, there were slight differences between the manufacturers. For instance, the Rotary ATP watch was actually one of the largest cases at 33.5mm and featured horizontal luminous markers at 3 and 6 O’clock, whilst the 9 O’clock mark has above it a dot with the horizontal line
Please see the images as these compliment and aid the description provided below.
The dial is in good, original condition. There is one very small scratch to the finish below 2 o'clock, please refer to the images.
Perfect condition. The hands are un-bent and un-corroded. Thermally blued with original Radium lume, aged in a nice Orange colour. Some loss of lume on the end of the minute hand.
The glass is original and near perfect condition. There are some light surface scratches.
The crown is original, in good condition, with some surface scratches. It sits flush to the case.
The case is in average condition with pitting to the finish. Please see images.
Strong condition with multiple light to medium surface scratches from poor opening attempts.
The strap is a new, genuine leather open ended strap designed for the fixed lugs.
Keeping time to within +10 seconds a day with an amplitude of 260 degrees and a beat error of 0.4m/s.
Case width: 33mm
Case width with crown: 36.5mm
Case length: 33.3mm
Case Depth: 11mm
Case length lug to lug: 41mm
Lug width: 18mm