The Culling Collection of Military Watches
Date of Auction: 15th September 2020
Sold for £130
Estimate: £80 - £120
FootnoteOrator are believed to be a brand produced by Schild & Co., a Swiss watch manufacturer. At the outbreak of WWII, both German and British militaries would have scrambled to obtain the large number of watches they required at short notice, and both turned to Swiss manufacturers to meet their demand. There are examples of Orator Precision pocket watches also being issued to the British military under the G.S.T.P. designation.
These watches had nickel cases with screw down backs that require a special three pin spanner to open them - this ensured the case was tightly sealed against damp and dirt, and also the inquisitiveness of clumsy soldiers.
See: Wesolowski, Z. M., A concise guide to Military Timepieces, 1880-1980, Crowood Press, 1996, p42.