The Turing-Welchman Pen

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The price displayed above excludes UK/EU VAT. This will be added to your bill at checkout if you select delivery within the EU. Prices including VAT are £449 for the Rollerball and £499 for the Fountain Pen.

The Turing-Welchman Pen

A limited edition of 211 pens to celebrate the achievement of Alan Turing and Gordon Welchman who created the Turing-Welchman Bombe machine used to break Enigma-enciphered messages during the Second World War.

The Code-breakers

Alan Turing and Gordon Welchman were based at Bletchley Park, the Victorian Buckinghamshire mansion that served as the wartime HQ of Britain’s top codebreakers. As part of a team of highly talented mathematicians and cryptologists, they helped decode thousands of Nazi military communications on a daily basis, and shortened the war by 2-4 years.

The Enigma Machine

Their aim was to crack the code of the Enigma machine – a portable typewriter-like cipher machine that used changeable rotors and plugboards to give a staggering 15,000,000,000,000,000,000 possible options. Thousands of coded communications between the German Army, Air Force and Navy were transmitted each day using these Enigma machines.

The Turing-Welchman Bombe

The British Bombe machine, designed by Alan Turing and Gordon Welchman, was installed at Bletchley Park and the first one was called “Victory”. It enabled the automation of the deciphering of the Enigma codes which changed each day. It was an electro-mechanical device with 108 detachable rotating drums and 3 indicator drums. Each drum had the 26 letters of the alphabet etched into its circumference.

The Turing-Welchman Pen

To celebrate the eightieth anniversary of the first Turing-Welchman Bombe, The National Museum of Computing has launched The Turing-Welchman Pen.

There will only be 211 pens made worldwide to reflect the 211 Bombes built during the war. Each pen has its edition number engraved on the end of the barrel.

The top of the pen is made in sterling silver to resemble the Bombe’s drum with the 26 letters of the alphabet etched into the surface. It rotates like the actual Bombe drum.

On the wide sterling silver cap band is the word “Victory”, the name of the first Bombe, and the UK hallmarks as a stamp of its quality.

Engraved on the barrel are the words “The Turing- Welchman Pen” to keep alive the memory of these most ingenious men whose secret activities during the Second World War helped save Europe from Nazi tyranny, and also triggered the start of the computer era.

And there is a secret compartment to hide your secret message – unscrew the barrel end, and there is a compartment to hold a small scroll of paper – your message to yourself, or to your loved one.

Available as a Fountain Pen or a Rollerball. (Please note in the rollerball version the end of the barrel does not unscrew for the secret message).

The National Museum of Computing

This pen is brought to you by the National Museum of Computing based at Bletchley Park, England. An amazing museum which is home to the world’s largest collection of working historic computers; from the Turing-Welchman Bombe and Colossus of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, to the rise of personal computing, and culminating with mobile computing, the internet, video games, and robotics. A proportion of each pen sold is given to the Museum to help with their running costs. To take a virtual tour of the Museum visit their website https://www.tnmoc.org/

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Custom Nib

You may customise any nib to your own specification at an extra cost of £44.00 plus VAT, if appropriate. For example, if you prefer to write with a Stub, Italic or Oblique nib, our nib wright, one of the UK’s most experienced nib mechanics, will undertake the work to your exact specification. Just include details of your precise requirements in the box below and the cost will be added automatically.

Conway Stewart Barrel Engraving £30 +VAT

Conway Stewart Logo Barrel Engraving can be added for £30 +VAT
Not applicable for certain ranges.

Gift Wrapping £5 +VAT

If you would like your pen gift wrapped please tick the box below and the cost of £5 +VAT will be added to your order.

Engraving

Personalise your pen with your initials, company name, or a special phrase, or a special date at an extra cost of £20 plus VAT.
Most of our pens can be engraved on the barrel with your initials, or company name, or a special phrase, or date.
Simply choose the font you want; either Arial or Script.
Then type in the words in the box below.
And click on Buy Now and this will be added to your pen you have selected in the shopping cart.

Please note, there are some pens which can not be engraved, however if you have chosen one of these, we will contact you once we have received your order to suggest alternatives.

Engraving Details

    Delivery

    Because of the bespoke nature of all our pens – nib configurations, fitting options etc, we rarely have pens available ‘off the shelf’. As soon as we receive your order we will email you with a confirmation of your order and provide you with an estimate of the time required to assemble, configure and thoroughly test your pen. This is usually between 10 and 14 days, although in busy periods it could be up to 28 days.

    Once your pen has passed quality control it will be carefully secured in its presentation box before being packed for despatch.

    All our pens are despatched using Royal Mail and as soon as we have handed it over to Royal Mail, we will email you with a despatch confirmation. This email also provides you with a tracking number which will enable you to track your parcel.

    UK Deliveries

    For delivery to UK addresses we use the Special Delivery service which means your pen will be delivered within 24 hours, usually before 1pm, on the day following despatch. We advise you by email when your pen has been handed over to Royal Mail and provide tracking information so you can trace the whereabouts of your pen on the Royal Mail tracking website: https://www.royalmail.com/track-your-item . You will need to sign for your parcel on receipt.

    International Deliveries

    For delivery to overseas addresses we use Royal Mail’s International Signed For service which means you will need to sign for the parcel to confirm receipt. We advise you by email when your pen has been handed over to Royal Mail and provide tracking information so you can trace the whereabouts of your pen on the Royal Mail tracking website: https://www.royalmail.com/track-your-item. Once the parcel arrives in your country, your local postal service takes over responsibility for delivery, although you can still use Royal Mail’s ‘Track and Trace’ system. In some countries, you can use the Royal Mail tracking number we provide on your local postal service website. For example you can use Royal Mail Tracking numbers on the USPS website to track your parcel in the USA. In other countries you will need to check with your local postal service to see if they can track international parcels in this way.

    If you have any doubts or reservations about the security of your national parcel delivery service, you can always ask for your pen to be delivered by one of the internationally recognised courier companies (Fedex, UPS etc). Just make a note when you order and we will be in touch regarding any additional charges for international courier delivery.

    Fountain Pen Filling Mechanism for your Turing-Welchman Pen

    Each Turing-Welchman Fountain Pen has a dual filling system. It is fitted with a converter (reservoir) which allows you to draw ink from a bottle or alternatively, you may remove the converter and use standard European ink cartridges. We will include 2 cartridges with your pen so you can start to use it immediately. If you prefer to use bottled ink, we recommend our own range of high quality ink, made in England and available in a range of 8 colours. You will find details of colours available here: https://www.bespokebritishpens.co.uk/product/fountain-pen-ink/

    The Turing-Welchman Rollerball uses a standard rollerball refill that is available from Bespoke British Pens here: https://www.bespokebritishpens.co.uk/product/rollerball-refills/  You can select from either blue or black refills in medium, fine or extra-fine widths.

    Smooth-as butter 18ct gold Flag nib

    You may select one of our Flag 2-tone 18ct gold nibs to be fitted to your fountain pen. They have been acclaimed by many of our customers for their ‘smooth-as-butter’ writing experience and are available in Extra Fine, Fine, Medium or Broad widths. Each nib is embossed with the Bespoke British Union Jack

    Customised nibs also available

    In addition to the standard Fine, Medium and Broad Flag flexible nibs, there is an option to customise any nib to your own specification at an extra cost of £40 excluding VAT. For example, if you prefer to write with a Stub, Italic or Oblique nib, our nib wright, one of the UK’s most experienced nib mechanics, will undertake the work to your exact specification. Just include exact details of your requirements when you select the ‘custom nib’ preference above.

    Prices, Taxes and Currencies

    Prices shown in £ Sterling (GBP) include British VAT at 20%. If you live in the EU or plan to have a product delivered to an address in the EU, then British VAT is payable. If you live outside the EU and wish to have your order delivered to an address outside the EU then VAT is not payable and the price of your item will be adjusted in the shopping cart as soon as you confirm the delivery address.

    If you prefer to pay in Euros, then the same rules apply as for GBP. In other words, 20% VAT is payable if your order is being delivered to an address in the EU.

    If you wish to view product pages with prices in US Dollars, just click the currency tab on the top right-hand corner of the web page and select ‘US Dollars’. The prices shown include 20% UK VAT (sales tax) until such time as you get to the shopping cart and confirm your delivery address is outside the EU. The prices will then be adjusted to remove the 20% UK VAT charge.

    Dimensions of The Turing-Welchman Pen

    Length Closed: 146mm | 5.75″

    Length Posted: 181mm | 7.13″

    Length of Barrel incl nib: 138mm | 5.43″

    Length of Cap: 70mm | 2.76″

    Diameter of Barrel: 15mm | 0.59″

    Diameter of Cap: 17.5mm | 0.69″

    Weight: 40gms | 1.42oz

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