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Date/Report Number …..062012R5BY.04 Item:  RARE DAMAS WWII BRITISH GSTP BROADARROW MILITARY POCKET WATCH
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Description of item: VINTAGE RARE DAMAS WWII BRITISH GSTP BROADARROW MILITARY POCKET WATCH WITH 15 JEWEL 3 ADUSTMENT GILDED FINELY FINISHED SWISS BARS SCREW BALANCE DAMAS SWISS MOVEMENT . CONDITION FINE

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $693.00


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1938-1941
RARE
DAMAS
WWII
BRITISH
GSTP
BROADARROW
MILITARY
POCKET WATCH

WITH

 

15 JEWEL
3 ADUSTMENT
GILDED
FINELY FINISHED
SWISS BARS
SCREW BALANCE
DAMAS
SWISS
MOVEMENT

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GSTP

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" 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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BROADARROW

The Office of Ordnance was created by Henry VIII in 1544. It dates back to the position of Master of Ordnance, one of whom, Nicholas Merbury, was present at the Battle of Agincourt. The Office became the Board of Ordnance in 1597, its principal duties being to supply guns, ammunition, stores and equipment to the King's Navy. The headquarters and main arsenal of the Office were in the White Tower of the Tower of London. The broad arrow mark has been used over the years by the Office and Board to signify at first objects purchased from the monarch's money and later to indicate government property. With the demise of the Board in 1855, the War Department and today's Ministry of Defence continued to use the mark. The arrow also appears in the Ordnance Survey logo.

Early use of the broad arrow can be found on some objects recovered from the Tudor ship Mary Rose, which sank in 1545. Bronze sheaves for rigging blocks, spoked wheels for gun carriages, bowls and wooden tankards were found to bear this mark. The broad arrow frequently appeared on military boxes and equipment such as canteens, bayonets and rifles, as well as the British prison uniform from the 1870s, and even earlier, that of transportees in British penal colonies such as Australia. The broad arrow marks were also used by Commonwealth countries on their ordnance.

The origin and earliest use of the broad arrow symbol are unknown. It could be related to the actual arrow, longbows and bowmen being a key part of the English army in the Middle ages. Broad Arrow Tower, built by Henry III of England between 1238 and 1272, in the Tower of London is said to be named after the royal property mark. Invention of the mark is frequently attributed to Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney, who served as Master-General of the Ordnance from 1693 to 1702, since the pheon appears in the arms of his family, but it is known to have been in use earlier than this. There is also an unsubstantiated claim that a document dated 1330, issued by Richard de la Pole, the King's Butler, for the purchase of wine, shows that in order to make sure that ownership could be readily established as King's property, he marked each item with an arrow from his own coat of arms.

Similarly to hallmarks, it is currently a criminal offence in the United Kingdom to reproduce the broad arrow without authority. Section 4 of the Public Stores Act 1875 makes it illegal to use the "broad arrow" on any goods without permission.

The broad arrow was used by the British to mark trees intended for ship building use in North America during colonial times. Three axe strikes resembling an arrowhead and shaft, were marked on large mast-grade trees. Use of the broad arrow mark commenced in earnest in 1691 with the Massachusetts Bay Charter which contained a Mast Preservation Clause specifying, in part for better providing and furnishing of Masts for our Royal Navy wee do hereby reserve to us...ALL trees of the diameter of 24 inches and upward at 12 inches from the ground, growing upon any soils or tracts of land within our said Province or Territory not heretofore granted to any private person. We...forbid all persons whatsoever from felling, cutting or destroying any such trees without the royal license from us...

Colonists paid little attention to the Charter's Mast Preservation Clause, and tree harvesting increased with disregard for broad arrow protected trees.

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DAMAS

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DAMAS - Ch. Ed & J BEGUELIN & Co S.A

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Beguelin & Cie. Beguelin was a large Swiss family associated with watches since 1903. In the 1950's the name DAMAS began to appear as associated Beguelin & Cie.

In 1907's, in Tabriz, Iran, in a watch shop called RezvanFar, It was operated by a man named Samad Rezvan and his brother.  They distributed most of the famous brands with their own name branded on them -like Cuervo Y Sobrinos, the famous Cuban watchmaker, T two brands were DAMAS and VAVZER. Today, it is said, that there are hundreds of vintage watches in the mid-east that have these names on them..

Both Names Are The Name:
SAMAD REZVAN IN REVERSE

SAMAD - DAMAS
REZVAN-NAVZER

SO TAKE YOUR PIC.
M DAMAS
STOOD FOR
QUALITY UNIQUENESS
AND
A SOLID REPUTATION

DAMAS IS NOW HEADQUARTERED IN Dubai, United Arab Emirates AND IS THE LEADING MIDDLE EAST JEWELER AND WATCH RETAILER AND OPERATES 290+ STORES IN 12 COUNTRIES AND IS A RETAILER FOR A LARGE PORTFOLIO OF LUXURY BRANDS

 

VINTAGE WATCHES ASSOCIATED WITH M DAMAS USUALLY ARE UNIQUE TIME PIECES SUCH AS THIS ***GOLD FILLED/GOLD PLATED DAMAS WWII GENERAL SERVICE TEMPORARY PATTERN [GSTP] POCKET WATCH WITH RADIUM PORCELAIN DIAL & GILDED SWISS BAR 15 JEWEL 3 ADJUSTMENT SWISS MOVEMENT.

***THERE ARE NO MARKINGS ON CASE DENOTING FINISH. WE BUFFED THE CASE YET GOLD FINISH REMAINED. THEREFORE WE BELIEVE IT IS FILLED.

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THIS IS A NEAR MINT
DAMAS
GSTP
BROADARROW
POCKET WATCH

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WE DECIDED TO KEEP THIS
BEAUTIFUL
NEAR MINT
DAMAS
ORIGINAL

IT'S BLEMISH FREE
WHITE PORCELAIN DIAL
HAS
NEAR PERFECT
AGED
RAISED & BORDERED
RADIUM
12 3 & 8
NUMERALS
&
RADIUM DOTS
AT
1 2 4 5 6 7 8 10 12

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HARDLY ANY
RADIUM  FLAKE-OFF
AND THE
AGED RADIUM
COMPLEMENTS
THE
***GOLD FILLED CASE

 

***THERE ARE NO MARKINGS ON CASE DENOTING FINISH. WE BUFFED THE CASE YET GOLD FINISH REMAINED. THEREFORE WE BELIEVE IT IS FILLED.

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THE
HOUR & MINUTE
HANDS
ARE
BLACK MILITARY STEEL
WITH
PERFECTLY AGED
RADIUM INSERTS

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THE RAISED
BLACK NUMERAL
1 2 4 5 7 8 10 11
ARE LIKE NEW

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WE DECIDED TO KEEP THE
CRYSTAL
IT HAS A FEW MARKS
AND
SHOWS SOME SIGNS OF WEAR
BUT IT
COMPLETES THIS RARE
DAMAS
GSTP
WITH
BROADARROW
POCKET WATCH

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UNDER HALOGEN
YOU CAN SEE
SOME CRYSTAL WEAR
WE COULD BUFF IT
BUT IT SIMPLY MAKES THIS
DAMAS
AWESOME

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READY TO WEAR

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WEAR READY

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DAMAS IS SIGNED ON DIAL
AND
MOVEMENT
RATCHET WINDING WHEEL

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GS/TP
XX. 183944
BROADARROW

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GS/TP
XX. 183944
BROADARROW
AWESOME

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GS/TP
XX. 183944
BROADARROW
AWESOME

 

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CASE MOVEMENT
DISSASEMBLED
OVERHAULED
CLEANED
AND
ASSEMBLED

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GILDED
FINELY FINISHED
MOVEMENT
WITH
SWISS BARS
SCREW BALANCE
15 JEWELS
3 ADJUSTMENTS
SWISS MADE
DAMAS SIGNED
RATCHET/WINDING WHEEL

 

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MOVEMENT CASED

GILDED
FINELY FINISHED
MOVEMENT
WITH
SWISS BARS
SCREW BALANCE
15 JEWELS
3 ADJUSTMENTS
SWISS MADE
DAMAS SIGNED
RATCHET/WINDING WHEEL

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CONDITION TIMER:
EXCELLENT  -  RUNS EXCELLENT 
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