Results in Watches 1940-1949

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  • ISIS GENTS VINTAGE 1940'S HAND WOUND CENTRE SECOND ROSE GOLD PLATED WATCH

    The watch measures 30mm diameter (excluding the original winding crown) by 38mm long including the lugs and the watch measures 11mm thick. It takes a 16mm strap and has spring lugs.It has 'Crab leg lugs' that add to the style of this classic watch along with the original winding crown.
    £45.00
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    £6.45 postage
  • MILITARY STYLE – Fixed Lugs - Sub Dial - 1940's – Mens Wrist Watch

    The Swiss made 'jewelled 'Sub Dial' movement is lovely and clean and running well, it winds smoothly and sets nicely too. The watch comes with a nice period 'open ended' strap fitted which complements the watch well.
    £49.00
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    Ending Today at 4:12PM BST8h 50m
  • New listingBentima Star Swiss Art Deco men's watch serviced great dial & case 40s WW2 era

    Up for your consideration here is a very nice retro 40s beautiful Deco mens Bentima Stainless steel H/W watch. It is in great condition having a super case and nice dial ,fitted with its original period band in great order the watch looks excellent.
    £95.00
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    £3.70 postage
  • 1948 Vintage Rolex Oyster Royal 4444

    Having just come back from a fresh Rolex in house service through a local jewellers it is now time for it to pass onto a new owner. Numbers indicate that it was made in around 1948 making it 69 years old or there about.
    £1,000.00
    Brand: Rolex
    £10.00 postage
  • Stunning vintage WW2 era OMEGA 30T2 British Military-style Pilots Watch

    An outstanding example of a WW2 era c1943 OMEGA 30T2 British military Pilots-style watch. These watches which do have military-issue markings were used by the British military for pilots during WW2. The superb Omega Cal.30T2 RG movements were tuned to chronometer standards and it is testament to the reliability and durability of these movements that there are still lots of examples of Omega 30T2's still in existence and still running strong today.
    £950.00
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    Brand: OMEGA
  • STUNNING RETRO VINTAGE OMEGA WATCH WITH HONEYCOMB DIAL 33MM

    £450.00
    Brand: OMEGA
    or Best Offer
    £9.95 postage
    18 watching
  • VINTAGE MILITARY BUREN GRAND PRIX MEN WRISTWATCH SWISS MADE

    Hi welcome to my auction offering in good working order easy to wind working and keeping good timing. Case measure 28.5mm with lots of wear. Original glass with some scratches, new leather strap size 16mm . Thank you
    £14.99
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    £2.50 postage
    Ending Sunday at 6:23PM BST1d 11hBrand: Buren
  • c.1948 BAUME & MERCIER BUMPER AUTOMATIC GENT'S, BLACK DIAL, SERVICE PAPERWORK.

    It has been finished with luminous Arabic hours and markers with gold hands and sweep centre seconds. 'Baume & Mercier Geneve' reads clearly in white print with 'Automatic' below. Baume & Mercier originated around 1830, when the Baume family were producing watches near Berne.
    £475.00
    Brand: Baume & Mercier
    or Best Offer
    £7.00 postage
    10 watching
  • OMEGA Cal 30T2 Original WWW British Military MoD Dirty Dozen Issued Watch 1945

    The Dirty Dozen is the name of a movie from the 1960s, depicting the misadventures of 12 fictional soldiers during the Second World War. It is also, in watch collecting circles, the name given to a group of 12 watches worn by those who actually fought in it – specifically, British soldiers.
    £2,250.00
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    Brand: OMEGA
    Free postage
    17 watching
  • Vintage Revue WW2 British Military ATP watch with military-issue markings

    The watches all conformed to a specification that means that all ATP watches are similar. Most had 15 Jewel Swiss-made movements and silver/white dials with luminous markers and hands. Whilst there is no maker's mark printed on the dial, research has led me to be able to confirm that this ATP was manufactured by REVUE THOMMEN, this is evident because of the typical lack of a REVUE logo on the dial and the Cal.57 movement specifically used by Revue.
    £595.00
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    Brand: Revue Thommen
  • RARE Vintage Military? Metro Watch Ancre Mens Watch with Sub Seconds Dial

    Metro Watch Ancre Mens Watch with Sub Seconds Dial. Id imagine it dates from the late 1940s -1950s. Sub Seconds Dial. The watch is in GOOD cosmetic condition. I believe it to be a "Automatic" although I haven't had the back off.
    £30.00
    or Best Offer
    £4.00 postage
  • Omega Vintage 1947 Dennison solid gold fully working watch. " Reduced by £320"

    1947 Solid 9ct gold Omega. The watch was serviced 4 years ago but really did not need it. It is ready to use no problems keeps perfect time clean and rust free. Watch is is in amazing condition. Face is perfect no scratches to face.
    £675.00
    Brand: OMEGA
    Free postage
    15 watching
  • Vintage 1940's Military LEMANIA Majetek Czech Air Force Pilots Watch

    Excellent original condition & in full working order.
    £975.00
    Free postage
    26 watching
  • Longines Greenlander WWW British Military MoD Dirty Dozen Watch ALL ORIGINAL

    The Dirty Dozen is the name of a movie from the 1960s, depicting the misadventures of 12 fictional soldiers during the Second World War. It is also, in watch collecting circles, the name given to a group of 12 watches worn by those who actually fought in it – specifically, British soldiers.
    £4,250.00
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    Brand: Longines
    Free postage
    32 watching
  • VINTAGE KIENZLE MILITARY MECHANICAL MEN WRISTWATCH MADE IN GERMANY

    Hi welcome to my auction offering in good working for it's age easy to wind keeping good timing, there's some wear to the gold on the bezel, case measure 30mm, new leather strap size 18mm. Thank you
    £14.99
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    £2.50 postage
    Ending Sunday at 10:30AM BST1d 3hBrand: Kienzle
  • LONGINES 9CT GOLD CALIBRE 12.68Z GENTS VINTAGE WATCH c1943 IN BOX-STUNNING!

    Such a fine gents timepiece oozing charm and art deco/military looks effortlessly. The enamel dial and 9ct solid gold case are both in good cosmetic condition as shown. Clean manual movement Calibre 12.68z Longines Swiss Made 15 Jewels 7122592 running consistently and keeping accurate time.
    £425.00
    Brand: Longines
    or Best Offer
    £5.99 postage
  • VINTAGE 1949 LONGINES 9ct GOLD MENS WATCH

    Movement 17 Jewels 7920317.Case 9ct Gold. Good looking watch with stepped bezel. This watch has kept good timekeeping for the last 3 years. I think it has had a replacement crown in the past.
    £495.00
    Brand: Longines
    or Best Offer
    Free postage
  • Longines Calatrava Stainless Steel Oversize Wristwatch 1940s Working.

    Very good (I believe) original condition for its age. Working and keeping good time. Note: has the drilled lugs.
    £1,100.00
    Brand: Longines
    or Best Offer
    Free postage
    15 watching
  • Superb Gents Vintage 1940's Top Make Steel Movado Chronometre Wristwatch

    Cab 4682 A Superb Rare Top Make Vintage 1940's Mechanical Steel Movado Chronometre Early Men's Wristwatch - lovely aged Dial Please see all the Photos Top Make Movado - Hand Wind Mechanical Dates to the - 1940's Does have ageing to the Dial Winds up lovely & ticking away great Diameter of Just Dial alone is - 23 mm Which is approx just over - 0.9 inch Really is such a Nice Early Movado Watch There's a good few photos to view The Watch will come in a Nice Box Thanks Very Kindly for Looking.
    £295.00
    Brand: Movado
    or Best Offer
    £7.95 postage
    24 watching
  • WITTNAUER REVUE GENTS 10K GOLD FILLED ART DECO VINTAGE WATCH c1945

    Steel case back with presentation engraving and marked Wittnauer New York Geneva Montreal L&K, 2 Gold187 and 10k Gold Filled Bezel. Clean manual movement stamped 17 Jewels Wittnauer Watch Co. Inc Revue 73 AXA, running consistently and keeping accurate time.
    £185.00
    Brand: Wittnauer
    or Best Offer
    £5.99 postage
  • Vintage Swiss made men's mechanical SIGMA wrist watch - Cal FEF 310

    Vintage Swiss made men's  mechanical SIGMA wrist watch in wo rking order: runs, keeps ok time, winds and sets time. The watch has strong age related wear but is still quite a nice example of a watch from the 1940s - please see pictures for cosmetic condition. The watch dial has age related wear and states: SIGMA, 15 RUBIS. The case again has age related wear. The back states 518873 and inside on the case back FOND ACIER INOXYDABLE. The movement is nice and a 15 jewels cal FEF 310 movement. The watch measures 32.5 mm excluding the crown/winder. The FIXOFLEX watch strap is included. Please contact me if you have any questions.
    £28.00
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    £2.80 postage
    Brand: Sigma
  • 1940's "Orsol" 9ct Gold Gents Wristwatch Art Deco Shape 15 jewel Movement

    Vintage 1940's Orsol 9ct gold wristwatch.
    £130.00
    Click & Collect
    £8.80 postage
  • A TAVANNES MANUAL WIND WRISTWATCH c.LATE 1940'S

    THIS IS A TAVANNES MANUAL WIND WRISTWATCH. IT DATES FROM AROUND THE LATE 1940'S. IT IS SIGNED ON THE DIALTAVANNES SWISS. THIS IS QUITE HARD TO READ NOW, AS IT AS THE DIAL BLEACHED WITH AGE. IT IS SIGNED ON THE MOVEMENT TAVANNES WATCH Co. 15 JEWELS SWISS MADE PATENTED.
    £95.00
    Brand: Tavannes
    or Best Offer
    £4.45 postage
    30 watching
  • Vintage Bulova 10k Gold Filled Curved Wristwatch cal 7AP c.30s/40s Serviced

    10k Gold Filled case, 10k Gold Filled which is another way of saying Gold Plated. Serviced and ready to go. The watch has a superb American made 21 Jewels 7AP calibre movement which is wonderful and clean whilst ticking away strongly and keeping great time having been professionally serviced.
    £225.00
    Brand: Bulova
    or Best Offer
    £8.00 postage

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Wristwatches 1940-1949

Collectible and very much desired by watch collectors and vintage aficionados, wristwatches from 1940-1949 are well made, classic timepieces. From timepieces from the early 40's through to watches from the post war period, there is a wide variety of styles available.

Most the wristwatches in the time-period of 1940-1949 were produced by the Swiss houses and were originally intended for members of the armed forces on both the Allied and German sides, due to Switzerland's neutral position.

Military wristwatches remain highly collectable and tend to be manufactured to very high standards, being very durable and practical. They are rather minimalist in design with typical features such as luminous markings and steel cases. Some wristwatches from 1940-1949 are made of aluminium due to the steel shortage during the forties.

Other major brands, including British bands like Breitling also continued to produce iconic watches for civilians that are still very much sought after. Prestige brands like Rolex also produced some iconic watches that are still highly collectable.

For an early forties style, choose watches with a circular dial or case which are more typical of the movement away from the art deco style of angular shapes. The lug (the width of the watch strap) tended to be oversized, hooded or even in the shape of a teardrop to add points of interest to wristwatches 1940-1949. There are many pieces that come with a rectangular or square face and many with colours other than plain white.

A typical 1940s wristwatch strap will be of one block colour, usually black or tan and made of genuine leather . However, some of the military watches may have a canvas strap and many high-end women's watches had jewel encrusted metal bands. The mechanism will typically be self-winding.

There are some lovely men's watches as well as watches for women and each one comes with a real sense of history.

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