The Culling Collection of Military Watches
Date of Auction: 9th June 2020
Sold for £260
Estimate: £100 - £150
FootnoteThe Mark V aviator’s watch was made by a number of different makers, including Doxa, Omega and Zenith and other anonymous makers. Every watch was fitted with a 15 jewel movement chosen for its ability to maintain accuracy despite the constant vibration endured whilst mounted in the instrument panel of an aeroplane. The Mark V was available in three types - the standard 30 day, non luminous model; a luminous version used by night fighters (although the luminous paint had a habit of disintegrating and penetrating the delicate movement); and a later 8-day variant.
See: Wesolowski, Z. M., A concise guide to Military Timpeices, 1880-1990, Crowood Press, 1996.