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COSD Longines Paratrooper WW2 Military Watch

Longines COSD Watch

This watch was designed to be used by British paratooper formations during the later part of WW2.

The actual movement is not shockproofed, and therefore relied upon the large “waterproof”

The case  had a much larger diameter than the movement to absorb shocks.

The case is large even by the military watch size standards of today, with the early dials & hands being highly radioactive.

This watch was not widely issued during WW2, and were apparently not ready in time in large numbers for the invasion of Europe in 1944 or the famous Arnhem parachute operation.

After WW2 a number of these watches were given new dials and cases.


A great deal has been written about the W10 Smiths Military watch issued to the British MOD.

However I have just purchased a Smiths Military Watch that was issued to the RAF in 1968, and to all intents and purposes is identical to the watch issues to the Army.

The design of the military watch incorporates a dial that is matte black, with white Arabic numerals and luminous indices and hands. It also has a center second sweep hand with corresponding  hack function that  allows the hand to be temporally stopped when the crown is pulled.

The case is 36mm diameter not including the crown, and is just over 11mm thick including the acrylic crystal.

Smiths won a contract to supply the British Military with a General Service watch from 1967 to 1970 and were  manufactured in Bishop’s Cleeve, to the then latest MOD specifications.

The movement although well specified for the time and apparently took details from higher grade Swiss manufactured watches, did have  issues with setting levers and centre second pinions.

However more importantly from a historical point of view, it was the last British issued watch built using an all British movement.

Smiths 6B RAF issue Military Watch

Smiths 6B RAF issue Military Watch

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