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This is a very good example, which has had single family ownership and remains all original. It was purchased near RNAS Culdrose, a Royal Navy airbase on the Lizard in Cornwall.


ATP stands for ‘Army Trade Pattern,’ which set the rules of design to create these watches for British armed force. They were introduced in 1939 and saw significant use in the field, whereas the more desirable WWW watches only played a part towards the tail end of the war. The ATP watches proved so popular that they remained in service until 1957, often with new engravings to the rear for their new purposes.


 In total, 17 Swiss manufacturers provided ATP watches for the British, all with subtle differences, but broadly of the following specification.


They needed to be roughly 30-34mm in size, with a white or silver dial and black numerals for legibility, and a sub-second register for precision. The cases had fixed bar lugs to ensure no spring bar failures. They featured reliable movements with 15 jewel movements or higher and were manual wound. To further aid legibility at night, the hands were to have luminous lume, along with the hour markers.


The Revue 57 was the second most available ATP issue watch. The dials are unsigned, unlike other ATP watches. It was a small case size at 33mm, coming with either a thick crown or a waisted crown. The case backs have a castellated design which is well constructed. The examples were mostly chrome plated cases, with full Stainless cases being less common. This is a full stainless example, with the left-hand lug stamped with an “S”.


A touch that makes the Revue 57 so appealing is the distinctive font of the Arabic numerals. They have a flat top 3, with tagged 1’s and are much more stylised overall.


The Chrome examples tended to be earlier, whilst the Stainless examples had higher serial numbers such as this.


The watch is presented on a period Bonklip bracelet with the patent 349657, for 14mm lug width. This was placed on the watch by the previous original owner. The watch will have been supplied on an AF0210 Canvas strap originally.


This example is all original, with a handsome tropicalised patina to the dial. It also maintains its original movement spacer. A real collectors piece and a piece of military history.


*Credit to the Af0210strap website for helping to supplement information for this listing.


Full condition report below. Please see the images as these compliment and aid the description provided below.



The dial is original and is in good condition for the age. It has a tropicalised patina, with the dial having darkened to a honey tone with lighter spotting. All signing is clear and the hour markers have original lume plots.



The hands are original, with thermally blued finish and radium lume in-fill. They are in good condition with a bright thermally blued finish and the original lume intact. The sub-second hand is also original.



The acrylic crystal is original and is in good condition having been polished.



The crown is original and is in good condition. 



The case is made of Stainless Steel and is in good condition. It has a polished finish to the bezel, with a lightly brushed finish to the sides. It has some light surface scratching associated with wear. There are some slight spots of corrosion on the sides.



The screw back is in good condition with a circular brushed finish which has worn with age. It has some light surface scratching associated with ageing. The ATP engravings are clear and original.



The watch is on a period Steel Bonklip bracelet. It is in good condition and will fit any wrist size.



The movement is a Revue 57. It is a manual wind movement, with a jewel count of 15 and a power reserve of 30 hours.


The service history is unknown, but the movement is in good condition and is keeping good time. It’s keeping time to -10 seconds a day, with an amplitude of 210 degrees and a beat error of 1.9m/s.


Case dimensions:

Case width: 30mm

Case width with crown: 33mm

Case length: 30.5mm

Case length lug to lug: 37mm

Case Depth: 10mm

Lug width: 14mm

WW2 1940s Steel Revue 57 ATP British Military issue watch, all original

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