The Nº 1940 Black Quartz (Sold Out)


The pilots watches are completely sold out, limited to only 25 serial numbered items.

Built in Britain with British and imported parts, each stainless steel head is fitted with a Swiss quartz Ronda caliber movement and handmade leather strap.

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The pilots watches limited to 25 items

The pilots watches, Nº 1940 Black, limited to only 25 serial numbered items. Built in Britain with British and imported parts under a 2 year limited warranty. Each 316L grade stainless steel head measures 45 mm width x 50 mm length x 12.5 mm depth. It is fitted with a Swiss made quartz Ronda 513S caliber movement, finished with a sapphire-coated scratch resistant lens, signature red crown, enamel case back a refined handmade Italian leather strap. Each watch is accompanied by a book containing chapter 5 of our story, signed screenprint and wax sealed in 100% recyclable packaging. We believe that the watch should be available at the same price wherever you are in the world so we offer free international shipping with 0% finance available at checkout. See how it works here. As this item is made by hand, please allow up to 10 working days to receive shipping details.

Watch Episode 5 of ‘The Vaults’ here and deep dive into the inspiration behind the pilots watches.

The pilots watches drawing inspiration from the Battle of Britain

Launched Wednesday, 20 September 2017 & built in Britain. Nº 1940 pilots watches by WT Author are set six years after our fourth Chapter. It marks the Battle of Britain therefore 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. Our signature silhouette takes on an aggressive aesthetic by looking to aircraft gauges of the era. Each watch is finished beautifully with our refined 22mm handmade leather strap. We build the product using tailor-made components from every corner of the globe (from USA to South America, Asia to Switzerland and of course, UK).

The pilots watches referencing 1940s era watches

Utilising matt surfaces the pilots watches measure 45 mm across, 50 mm high including the lugs with an overall case depth of 12.5 mm. The dial utilises indices taking influence directly from 1940s aircraft panels and are enhanced with Author’s unique hour markers. Each finished product utilises a unique dial design that brings high contrast, with traditionally formed custom-made hands. The aviation watches have been modernised with a bespoke “casino chip” enamel screw down back, signature red aluminium crown embossed with our brand’s iconic trademark.

The watch strap made by hand in the UK

Each leather watch strap has been handmade in Britain using vegetable tanned dyed through shoulder. 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 antique 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 polished stainless steel buckle and finished with rounded, burnished strap edges.

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Additional information


WT Author






Swiss Made Ronda 513S Quartz Movement


45 mm


12.5 mm

Water Resistancy

10 ATM

Case Material

Solid bronze & silver-tone stainless steel

Strap Type

Handmade refined leather strap

Strap Colour



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