First World War Zenith Royal Flying Corps pocket watch c1914

First World War Zenith Royal Flying Corps pocket watch c1914

Code: 4.19


This is a rare Aviation issue pocket watch made by Zenith for the Royal Flying Corps and were used in cockpits during the First World War. The watches at the time were so expensive pilots were told. “If you crash, grab the watch”

This watch has an elongated stem, so that one mounted in a cockpit, the watch could be wound without removing it from its mount.

Movement – the gilt ¾ plate movement has a lever escapement and a micrometer regulator. The movement is signed “Zenith, Swiss Made” # 2286611 and is in 95% mint condition

Case – the movement comes in a white metal case, which has a hinged inner, snap on back and bezel. The case is marked on the back with an A and broad arrow.

The inside of the back cover is signed “Zenith”. The case has a smooth plain finish and is in 80% mint condition – a build up of scratches from use

Dial – the black paint on metal dial has white numerals and signature. The dial has gilt hands and is signed “30 Hours, Non Luminous, Mark V, CB 54065” and is in 100% mint condition

The watch has a mineral glass – this does have a scratch and can be changed on request

The watch measures 51mm wide x 15mm deep

The watch is stem wound / stem set