4.83 Rare Zenith HS3 Military Pocket Watch with a Decimal Dial. Open Face. 51mm. Stem Wound / Stem Set. Circa 1940

The watch was purchased and used by the British Military The paragraph below describes what happened to them post war. “After the war the Zenith HS 3 Deck Watches went to storage at the Chronometer section of the Hydrographic department at Herstmonceaux Castle, there, during the 1950’s, they had their enamel dials replaced with Special Decimal Dials, using smaller hour and minute hands. This indicates that the watches “Time- Telling” ability is of only secondary importance to their main intended functions. The dial layout gives emphasis to minutes, which are picked out in red on the intermediate chapter ring and an outer ring has a calibrated to indicate 100 units per minute. These watches were particularly useful for rapid mathematical calculations when time equations could be more readily determined an expressed in terms of decimals”. Page 34. Military Timepieces 1880 – 1990 by Z M Wesolowski Movement – the gilt ¾ plate movement has a lever escapement and a micrometer regulator. The movement has a wheel positioned on top of the main bridge which is for the centre seconds on the dial. The 17 Jewel movement is signed “Zenith, Swiss Made” # 3327728 and is in 100% mint condition.

Case – the movement comes in a staybrite metal case, which has a screw off back and front. The case is signed “Zenith”. The back of the case has a Military arrow and is engraved “0552 / 521-0243 7728. The case has turned sides with a smooth plain finish and is in 90% mint condition – some scratches but very good of a military watch

Dial – the paint on metal dial has a blue steel hour hand, a red paint on steel minute hand and a blue steel centre seconds hand. The dial has a rare Decimal layout along with a central chapter ring for seconds and an inner one for hours The dial is in 95% mint condition – superb condition The watch has a plastic glass

£1750 including shipping -