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Hi all, im looking for information if possible.  I was given a watch in 1995 by a guy who was part of a crew in a Nimrod and flew during desert storm.  The watch is a g10, i know that much but is realy worth money as I've seen silly prices on fleebay.  The numbers on the back are "6BB/6645-99-5415317    29902/84   Its been in my loft at least 20 years

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Hi all

My father recently passed away and sorting through his belongings there was a stopwatch and a wrist watch.

The wristwatch is an air ministery issue egona ancre 15 rubis with markings A.M.  6B/234 20588/4C

The stopwatch has no maker  an up a row with an F as part of it and T.P. 1/10

Can anyone point me in the direction of someone who can give any background on these. I don't know where they originated as my father done his national service in the army I don't know of family in the RAF 

 

Thanks for any help

Derek

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8 hours ago, Lainey124 said:

ive been left some items from my late aunt and included a Recrod world war 2 watch but can anyone help me work out the markings on the back to see when and where it may have been issued

It says

WWW

L28181

546028

WWW = Wrist Watch, Waterproof - marking used 1943 to 1958

I think L28281 546028 is just a reference number / code for the manufacturer

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According to the historians www watches were not issued until May/June 1945. I have my Dad's WWW Cyma that he was issued with and I feel sure he said he got it in 1943 at around the time he transferred from the Commandos. Sadly he is no longer here to ask. Certainly June 45 or later would have been rather late for him to be issued with it because by then he was on ''policing duties'' in Northern Germany, and he made his own way back home by September 45. My brothers birth date is testament to that!

It is said that the serial is an MOD number that was entered into the paybooks of those who were issued with them so they could be charged if they were not returned.

I don't know what your plans are but I would refrain from having restoration work done on it. Collectors frown if such as the dial is repainted or relumed and so on. If it's not working find a specialist repairer of this model to do the job.

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16 hours ago, Lainey124 said:

ive been left some items from my late aunt and included a Recrod world war 2 watch but can anyone help me work out the markings on the back to see when and where it may have been issued

It says

WWW

L28181

546028

If you look for articles on Dirty Dozen watches you will learn more about your watch.  Not where and to whom it was issued mind.

12 different manufacturers won contracts to supply the MOD with watches to their specifications, hence dirty dozen

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On 14/10/2021 at 14:44, Lainey124 said:

ive been left some items from my late aunt and included a Recrod world war 2 watch but can anyone help me work out the markings on the back to see when and where it may have been issued

It says

WWW

L28181

546028

All of the WWWs are from 1945. As far as is known all 12 manufacturers simultaneously started to deliver in May or June 1945 (just in time to miss WW2), and after December 1945 there were no more deliveries.

The markings mean the following:

W.W.W. Means Watch, Wrist (originally Wristlet) & Waterproof in that order.

L28181 is the military serial number. The prefix of L denotes that, of the 12 manufacturers, that this is a Record.

546028 is the civilian serial number. The civilian serial number on 10 of the 12 manufacturers is related to the military serial number. In the case of the Record, if you subtract the military serial number from the civilian serial number you get either 517847 or 518047. In your case it is the former.

There is also usually a 3 digit number on one of the lugs, being the last 3 digits of the military serial number. In your case 181. It wouldn’t surprise me if the number doesn’t match because case backs often got switched during servicing.

Approximately 25,000 Record watches were produced, making it the equal most prevalent along with the Omega.

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