The Nº 1940 Black Quartz (Sold Out)

5.00 out of 5
(4 customer reviews)


The Nº 1940 black pilots watches, limited to only 25 serial numbers. Built-to-order in 10 working days by our workshop in Shropshire, UK. Free worldwide shipping.

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We are proud to present our fifth collection – the Nº 1940 black quartz pilots watches.

It marks the Battle of Britain, referencing the military campaign of the Second World War. The Royal Air Force defended the Britain against the German Air Force attacks from the end of June 1940. The signature silhouette takes on an aggressive aesthetic by looking to aircraft gauges of the era.

The Nº 1940 is a quartz wristwatch with a stop second device and serial numbered back.  Each 316L stainless steel and bronze watch head measures 45 mm width x 50 mm length x 12.5 mm depth (including lugs) and is tested to 10 ATM (100m / 325ft) water resistance.

Utlising a beautiful combination of meticulously brushed surfaces, it has been elevated further with the use of high contrast two-tone finishes. The machined crown features a bold, deep red anodised finish, consistent with all of our past collections.

The screw down back etched with the WT Author mark and uniquely allocated serial number. The bespoke watch head is finished with a refined Italian leather handmade strap.

Every watch is built to order with British and imported parts in our UK workshop located in Shropshire. Each watch is guaranteed against any defects in material or workmanship that may occur under normal use for a period of 24 months from the date of purchase. Learn more.

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Featuring an intense black finish applied to a simple matt dial that brings a high contrast against the accurately painted dial details. Signature, aircraft gauge markings decorate the dial against contrasting markings with eye-catching luminous infill on the minute / hour hands and indices.

Pilot's watches by wt author black no 1940 wrist shot


Founded in Waldenburgertal, the company headquarters are now in Lausen. The group has five international subsidiaries.

The caliber Nº 513S is analogue quartz movement, assembled in Switzerland. It is produced in-house by high-speed automatic assembly lines and undergoes strict quality checks.

The component includes repairable metal clockwork with a very powerful stepper motor and fixed pulse.

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It has been designed to fit perfectly on the wrist within a robust and solid watch head that has been assembled to be put through its paces. The result is a timepiece with a 45 mm diameter x 50 mm length x 12.5 mm depth (including lugs). We effortlessly combine beautifully brushed surfaces that meet to create a clean aesthetic with incredibly strong properties.

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The two-tone aesthetic presented through the contrasting finish is enhanced further by a delicately brushed surface.


The intricately machined screw down serial numbered back includes deep, tooled recesses with enamel infill to reflect our established signature “poker chip” aesthetic influenced from our previous watch collections. The component creates a powerful seal that ensures water resistance tested to 100m / 10 ATM.

The stable construction with precisely defined architecture has been designed and machined to be as beautiful as every other component on the watch. The back is finished with our intricately printed mark and serial code to indicate its allotted number in the limited edition collection.

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The crown is placed at the 3 o’clock position with lugs that fall tightly underneath the top component of the watch head, avoiding any discomfort to your wrist.


The sapphire coating offers significantly more scratch resistance vs. traditional glass, plastic or acrylic crystal as well as being extremely strong.


The watch dial is where we can be the most expressive. The Nº 1940 watch comes in six different colour options: Blue, Cream, Green, Black, Phantom and White. Each one carries a unique pattern of meticulously designed hour, minute and second indices. The hour markers utilise a correlation of our signature “tuning fork” indices painted on the dial to compliment the WT Author mark at the 12 position with luminous infill used for the minute / hour hands and indices.


The highly distinctive minute, hour and second hands utilise gloss painted black, white and red finishes. The bold forms have been designed to be easily read and visible against the dial.


Each leather watch strap has been handmade in Britain using oil tanned dyed through Italian cowhide. The rich colour, treated with waxes and oils offers a distressed effect which lightens in colour when folded or turned. The natural grain is left intact to show all the growth marks and unique character, giving a distinctive look with this mellow feeling skin. The strap has been designed and manufactured to fit a 22 mm lug width with an overall thickness of 3 mm and is embossed with the WT Author ‘A’ trademark. Each strap is completed with a brushed stainless steel buckle and finished with rounded, burnished strap edges.


Our packaging has been engineered to be 100% reusable and recyclable, as well as providing a lightweight solution to reduce wasteful distribution. We endeavour to use recycled stock at every possible opportunity. The inherent beauty of this repurposed material is adorned by our own exclusive artwork.

Every watch comes accompanied by the following items:

  • Signed and numbered screen print (limited edition screen print with signature and corresponding number to match the watch’s serial code).
  • Chapter 5 taken from The Book of WT Author (the Nº 1940’s story visualised within a beautifully formatted booklet).

Learn more about our environmental commitments here.

Additional information


Swiss made caliber Nº 513S quartz movement by Ronda. Powerful stepper motor. Fixed motor pulse.




45 mm

Case Material

Bronze & type 316L stainless steel stainless steel


12.5 mm


50 mm

Lug width

22 mm


Limited to 25 serial numbers only

Water Resistance

10 ATM / 100 m


Screw down


Sapphire coated crystal front


Anodised aluminium

Strap Type

Handmade Italian leather strap

Strap Colour



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14 day returns policy for returning non-faulty products. Full details are available at

4 reviews for The Nº 1940 Black Quartz (Sold Out)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andy Smith (verified owner)

    I purchased the Nº 1934 green dress watch as a gift to myself as I’ve never really owned a time piece that had much more purpose than simply telling the time. W. T. Author’s watches are more than just a timepiece, they have a history and a story to tell with each model.

    After months of looking through the range on the W.T. Author website, I finally decided to go with the Nº 1934 as soon as it was released in September 2016 and purchased #08 of 25 which gave it even more personal value to me.

    The full service from Jon and Sam has been exceptional from first contacting the guys, through purchasing to after care service. The watch arrives in a beautifully presented box and you get a real sense for how much pride they have taken in designing, building and sending the watch.

    I’m sure I’ll be buying a few more products from W. T. Author in the very near future!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Peter Croft (verified owner)

    My wife has given me a Chapter Five No.1940, 29 SQN Hercules,11/25 in black and it’s brilliant.
    A great looking watch with a superb strap and I love it.
    I have many watches from Hublot to Citizen to Hamilton and this watch sits with them proudly, with it’s own character and charm.

  3. 5 out of 5

    VanessaD-36 (verified owner)

    In total we have purchased three watches which are all unique and of excellent quality. I recently received the ladies watch as a present and am thrilled with it. The service provided during sales and after sale has been excellent. Most definitely recommend this company and their watches.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hippoman (verified owner)

    This young Company has passed all expectations they have developed and produced a excellent designed and produced a modern Watch

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