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Date/Report Number …..060109.TYHJY60770.06 Item: BRITISH WWII 1938/39 HELVETIA BROAD ARROW MILITARY GSTP POCKETWATCH
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Description of item: VINTAGE BRITISH WWII 1938/39 HELVETIA BROAD ARROW MILITARY GSTP POCKETWATCH WITH  16 JEWEL 3 ADJUSTMENT SWISS BARS HI GRADE MOVEMENT   52MM W/O BOW 73 MM WITH BOW. GENERAL WATCH COMPANY DESIGNED  AND SUPPLIED MOVEMENTS FOR HELVETIA AND HELBROS  THIS 32A IS THE 1938/39 VERSION OF THE ca. 1935: Helvetia Swiss Made 3 Adj 16 Jewels 2840 (Helvetia 32A) Features stem wind and set sub second Data 16 jewels f = 18000 A/h power reserve 31h.GSTP P 83079 CROWS FOOT/BROADARROW

Estimated Retail Replacement Value $950.00


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In 1939, with war on the horizon, the British War Department
realized they required time pieces. With no plans and knowing that a shortage of watches would surely occur, they quickly purchased watches from numerous Swiss watch makers and retailers.

Each watch had to have 15 jewels, luminous black or white dial, and subsidiary seconds dial. Most were snap backs though there were higher grades with screw backs.

Most of these pocket watches were titled "General Service" time pieces and   classified as "Temporary Pattern". Thus they were stamped "GSTP".

These GSTP watches would become the work horse of the military. From Radio operators to drivers, they fulfilled the requirements of keeping time through out the war.

Note: at the conclusion of the hostilities, most of the watches purchased by the various Government Buyers were destroyed due to a deal with suppliers. The suppliers had sold these watches at a discount and they did not want the market flooded at the wars conclusion with "surplus military watches".


Note 2: At the conclusion of the war Field Marshal Montgomery would visit a watch company to thank them for their war time effort -no pun intended.

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GENERAL SERVICE
TEMPORARY PATTERN

AMERICAN

Gold WWII Military Watches


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ORIGINAL  CRYSTAL

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DIAL
9 12 & 3
ARE RELUMED
DOTS & DASHES ARE RELUMED

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HANDS ARE RESET

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LOOKS LIKE IT DID WHEN
ORIGINALLY ISSUED IN 1939

 

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GSTP
P 83079
CROWS FOOT/BROADARROW

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NOTICE THE HELVETIA ABOVE
THIS MODEL IS IN 3 MILITARY
COLLECTOR HISTORICAL BOOKS

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WITH ATTACHED LEATHER
POCKET FOB

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GENERAL WATCH COMPANY DESIGNED
AND SUPPLIED MOVEMENTS FOR HELVETIA AND HELBROS

 

THIS 32A IS THE 1938/39 VERSION OF THE
ca. 1935: Helvetia
Swiss Made
3 Adj
16 Jewels
2840
(Helvetia 32A)

 

Features
stem wind and set
sub second

Data
16 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 31h