Record Center Seconds Military Issue

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SKU AS00578
SKU AS00578

Why We Love it

Military issued wristwatches are one of the coolest subsets of vintage timepiece collecting, if for no other reason that they were literally built to kick ass.

While purchasing military-issued Rolexes and the like can require a second mortgage (or the sale of several vital organs), there are more affordable ways to enter into the realm of military watch ownership, such as with the Hamilton & Benrus Vietnam-era GI watches we so often curate for sale. But American-made military watches aren't the only point of entry into the field of military collectables, as evidenced by pieces such as this: a British MoD issued Record.

Record was founded in 1903 in Tramelan, Switzerland, and operated as an independent company producing a wide array of consumer grade pocket and wrist watches for nearly 60 years before being purchased and becoming part of the Longines family in 1961.  Prior to their purchase, Record was contracted by the British Ministry of Defense to manufacture military-grade timepieces during the Second World War, and their version of the WWW (Watch, Wrist, Waterproof) saw wide distribution amongst the British Armed Services in the second half of the 20th Century.

Less common, but equally cool, were these central-seconds versions, nearly identical in dial design minus the subsidiary seconds feature.  Featuring a 36mm steel case with fixed spring bars and a manual winding Calibre 652 movement, these versions saw use in African Campaigns in the 1950s and 1960s, specifically in Kenya.  Unlike the WWW versions, these models have a plain case back, and the only military marking is on the dial at 12:00.

This particular example is in very good condition over all, with a sharp case and a nicely patinated dial.  The original hands are missing their luminescent elements, which we have opted to leave as is - the "skeletonized" look is pretty damn cool.  This is a great example of an uncommon and entirely affordable vintage military watch with loads of history to boot!

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Record Center Seconds Military Issue

Record Center Seconds Military Issue

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Record Center Seconds Military Issue

Why We Love it

Military issued wristwatches are one of the coolest subsets of vintage timepiece collecting, if for no other reason that they were literally built to kick ass.

While purchasing military-issued Rolexes and the like can require a second mortgage (or the sale of several vital organs), there are more affordable ways to enter into the realm of military watch ownership, such as with the Hamilton & Benrus Vietnam-era GI watches we so often curate for sale. But American-made military watches aren't the only point of entry into the field of military collectables, as evidenced by pieces such as this: a British MoD issued Record.

Record was founded in 1903 in Tramelan, Switzerland, and operated as an independent company producing a wide array of consumer grade pocket and wrist watches for nearly 60 years before being purchased and becoming part of the Longines family in 1961.  Prior to their purchase, Record was contracted by the British Ministry of Defense to manufacture military-grade timepieces during the Second World War, and their version of the WWW (Watch, Wrist, Waterproof) saw wide distribution amongst the British Armed Services in the second half of the 20th Century.

Less common, but equally cool, were these central-seconds versions, nearly identical in dial design minus the subsidiary seconds feature.  Featuring a 36mm steel case with fixed spring bars and a manual winding Calibre 652 movement, these versions saw use in African Campaigns in the 1950s and 1960s, specifically in Kenya.  Unlike the WWW versions, these models have a plain case back, and the only military marking is on the dial at 12:00.

This particular example is in very good condition over all, with a sharp case and a nicely patinated dial.  The original hands are missing their luminescent elements, which we have opted to leave as is - the "skeletonized" look is pretty damn cool.  This is a great example of an uncommon and entirely affordable vintage military watch with loads of history to boot!

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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