The Nº 1940 Blue Quartz

5.00 out of 5
(3 customer reviews)


The Nº 1940 blue quartz aviator watches, limited to only 125 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 blue quartz aviator 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 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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THE Nº 1940 BLUE

Featuring a deep blue 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.

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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

Type 316L stainless steel stainless steel


12.5 mm


50 mm

Lug width

22 mm


Limited to 125 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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3 reviews for The Nº 1940 Blue Quartz

  1. 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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tim Bird (verified owner)

    Well, What can I say that hasn’t already been praised in their latest reviews. I first met Jon & Sam at Silverstone Classic a few years ago and was completely drawn to the watches on display. After chatting with the two of them for a while about the vision and the work that had gone into launching their company I was 100% ready to buy. Bought one there and then. Came back a year later. Bought another. And as soon as I saw the No.1973 coming out on Kickstarter I knew I had to have it. I’d been telling myself for ages that the next one needed to be an automatic; and it looked fantastic. The guys are brilliant at explaining the process behind it all, the attention to detail is phenomenal. They genuinely feel like generational pieces that you want to hold onto and then pass down to your kids later on. I love them. Even the packaging is next level. Honestly, if you buy one you won’t be disappointed. And if you don’t. You will be. There’s always a limited amount which makes them so much more special and personal to yourself. Looking forward to seeing what else they can come up with!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Peter Dance (verified owner)

    Having met the WT author gents at a couple of shows I decided to pull the trigger on a 1940 blue Pegasus pilots watch. Whilst the website does a good job of portraying the design (and their Instagram page follows up with reassuring pictures of the team working on aspects of its build) once in the hand the watch has more to tell as the design delights in offering something new to the wearer every time you put it on, be it the chapter ring or the concise mimicry of ww2 pilot watch numeral ‘fonts’ or perhaps even the lume. The case can be enjoyed at different angles with familiar elements of design echoing cockpit instruments that have been completely reworked for a modern take that fit the brand’s image. I absolutely believe it to be an icon for the brand, it’s extremely legible and feels very robust and is a charm to wear.

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