H.S.9 - Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Pilot's Chronograph
Stainless steel Lemania pilot's chronograph wrist watch specially produced for the the Royal Fleet Arm (Navy Airforce) and normally only issued to their navigators.
Heavy stainless steel
case with screw-on back. Fixed strap bars. Chronograph button mounted on
side of case at 2 o'clock position (starts, stops and resets chronograph
function). Back of case engraved with the British War Department arrow,
the Royal Navy mark "H.S.9" ("Hydrographic Service 9" - Royal
Navy's code for chronograph wrist watch - used between 1939 & 1946) and
serial number "6536".
Original dial with black numerals, wonderful patina due to its age. No T-dial, means,that this watch escaped the wholesale redialing of these timepieces which took place around the early to mid 1960s when all radium dials were replaced or reprinted to have the less radioactive 'tritium' luminous compound.
Chronograph minute register (30 mins.) and
subsidiary seconds register. Outer chronograph seconds chapter divided
into 1/5th seconds. Luminous hands and hour markers (luminous paint
faded with age.)
Good quality, gilt, 17 jewel chronograph
movement. signed, Lemania calibre 15CHT.
- case shows minimal signs of wear
- small glass crack at 7 check the pic
- watch runs fine and sets to Zero
- lovely patinated dial