Military Markings?

Discussion in 'European & Other Pocket Watches' started by tick talk, Jan 6, 2011.

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  1. tick talk

    tick talk Registered User

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    Hi all. Can anyone help identify these markings on the back of a steel converted PW case? They should be pre WWI...and I'm only assuming they are of European origin, but may be American!?!?!?

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  2. DaveyG

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    Never seen anything like that before but could be British Military with the WD standing for War Department. If I remember rightly the War Department first evaluated wrist watches (wristlets' as they were then called) in 1917.
     
  3. MartyR

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    That's right - the upward arrow flanked by WD is the mark of the British War Department, in use (I believe) since the mid 19th century.
     
  4. tick talk

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    OK, thanks for that info :)
     
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    Thanks Jeff :)
     
  6. Kevin W.

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  7. MartyR

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    I think it was imprinted on pretty well every piece of equipment bought by the armed forces, and was obviously designed to prevent pilfering, and maybe to prevent unauthorised equipment finding its way into use.
     

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