Historical Intro

Pocket watches commissioned by the British government for military issue during the 1930s and 40s were often engraved with the initials G.S./T.P., for General Service / Trade Pattern. While many Swiss manufacturers produced these watches, the pattern remained the same- a black or cream dial with Arabic numbers at each hour, some filled with luminous material. There was a subsidiary dial at 6 for the seconds hand, and the maker’s signature, from the likes of Jaeger LeCoultre, Helvetia, Buren, Leonidas, and many others, was printed at 12. The dial was designed for maximum legibility, and the large 19’” gilt jewelled movements were built to be reliable and hard-wearing.

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