The Nº 1940 Cream Automatic

5.00 out of 5
(5 customer reviews)


The Nº 1940 cream automatic aviation watches, limited to only 100 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 cream automatic aviation 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 an automatic and hand wound mechanical wristwatch with a quick date setting, stop second device and exhibition back. Each 316L stainless steel 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 exhibition back, printed with the WT Author mark and uniquely allocated serial number, gives the wearer uninterrupted access to view the inner workings of the intricate mechanical movement. 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 a cream finish applied to a beautifully matt dial that brings a high contrast against the accurately painted dial details. Custom, aircraft gauge markings decorate the dial against contrasting markings with stunning luminous infill on the minute / hour hands and indices.

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In 1959, Citizen Watch established a movement manufacturing factory in the town of Miyota, Japan.

The caliber Nº 9015 is both an automatic and hand wound mechanical movement, assembled using only parts manufactured at Japanese plants. It is produced in-house by high-speed automatic assembly lines and undergoes strict quality checks.

The balance wheel is produced by human hands. Adjusting the eccentricity and horizontality of the balance spring is the most difficult procedure, and cannot be expressed in numerical form by machinery.

The movement is precise and durable with high impact resistance. It is valued for its craftsmanship, artistry and beauty; all major parts are made of metal to enhance colour and texture. We trust Citizen due to the high quality and stable supply that our products require.

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The watch head securely houses the intricacies of the delicately assembled mechanical movement, displaying its complexity through the uninterrupted rear lens. 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 exhibition 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 exhibition back is fitted with a glass lens and ensures the aviation watches retain their maximum water resistance whilst offering an uninterrupted presentation of the mechanical movement’s inner workings.

The stable construction with precisely defined architecture has been designed and machined to be as beautiful as every other component on the watch. The rear lens 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


Miyota caliber Nº 9015 mechanical movement by Citizen Watch Co. Ltd. Automatic and hand wound functionality. Stop second device. Quick date setting. 28,800 vibration frequency. 42 hours power reserve. Parashock anti-shock system.




45 mm

Case Material

Type 316L stainless steel stainless steel


12.5 mm


50 mm

Lug width

22 mm


Limited to 100 serial numbers only

Water Resistance

10 ATM / 100 m


Screw down exhibition


Sapphire coated crystal front


Anodised aluminium

Strap Type

Handmade Italian leather strap

Strap Colour



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5 reviews for The Nº 1940 Cream Automatic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Peter Smith (verified owner)

    Great range of watches. Great customer service.

  2. 5 out of 5

    BarryC-253 (verified owner)

    From visiting the stand at an equestrian event, the experience was nothing but first class. From chatting about the collections to receiving my timepiece, what a pleasure. I will certainly be returning to add another watch to my collection. Thanks chaps.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dean Clews (verified owner)

    First found this brand at a stand at the London Classic car show, chatted with Sam who was very helpful and spent as much time as needed talking through the brand and the different chapters, I eventually chose the 1940 in cream which arrived today, I’m well chuffed

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Kelly (verified owner)

    I have just received two watches 1973 and 1940 and I am absolutely delighted with build quality and looks of them , but I would add the whole experience of getting the watches was brilliant , I had a chat with Jon for over 30 minutes where we talked about the watches and described what involved before going with the ones I chose, Sarah was great sorting out the invoices and delivery and there is an superb instructions/how to on their web site telling things like how to change the strap , set the time etc.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sean (verified owner)

    The 1940 is a beautiful, compelling timepiece to add to my collection. As a professional pilot, it compliments my deep admiration of those aviators who defended our mutual ideals.
    > The watch and your story truly embodies unique traits that have already made it a favorite.
    > Keep up the good work and philanthropy.

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