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(Broad arrow marking as seen on the dial of an RAF Lemania Chronograph)

The broad arrow has origins as a heraldic sign that has two tapering blades.

However it is still used by the British Government to mark equipment that is government property. Early use of the broad arrow in many different shapes and sizes, range from items recovered from the famous Tudor Warship the Mary Rose, to prison uniforms.

Also the Commonwealth  uses this style of marking for their military equipment, including the dials of military timepieces.

The broad arrow is still protected by British Law today, making it illegal to put the broad arrow on items without permission.







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