Hi, I'm interested in the RAF watches issued to trainee navigators. My father joined the RAF in 1940, and was initially in charge of a barrage balloon. Eventually he was selected for aircrew, and was sent to train as a navigator in Canada.
Currently pilots/navigators watches appear to be extremely popular - and generally very accurate.
My father's RAF watch was extremely inaccurate, and he had to take account of it's inaccuracy when plotting positions.
So I have two queries:-
1. What watch brands would have been standard issue?
2. Did the RAF deliberately issue inaccurate watches for training purposes?
I presume the extra calculations necessitated by using an inaccurate watch would produce better navigators.