WWII navigator's watch flies to $9,000 record in UK auction

An early example of a navigator's watch that was used by the Luftwaffe during WWII has set a new world record for a watch of its kind.

WWII Navigator's watch
Despite its poor condition, the watch is still highly valued by collectors as a rare early example



The watch was made for the German Luftwaffe in 1939 and is a very early example, warranting the final price of £6,000 ($9,051) at the UK auction on May 22.

Navigator's watches were designed for use during flight, with the face measuring 5cm in diameter to enable easy vision and to fit over the navigator's suit. They were also equipped with a large crown to enable easy adjustment with flying gloves.

Despite the lug having been filed off, collectors value this example as an early and rare model, with later examples featuring a five minute interval dial and inner 12 hour ring.

For those longing to own a luxury timepiece at an affordable price, Paul Fraser Collectibles has a beautiful Longines Olympic Series men's watch for sale - a classic design from one of the longest standing Swiss watch manufacturers.

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