Having won the Southern Area junior 100 yards title as a 13-year-old in 1923, Arthur Watts won the senior southern counties 440 yards title in 1925 before he was 16, beating the reigning ASA 220 champion Albert Dickin in the process. Watts finished fourth in the ASA 440 yards salt water championship in 1927, and was runner-up the following year, when he went on to represent Great Britain at the Amsterdam Olympics. Unfortunately, he was eliminated in his 400 metres heat. Watts was a member of the England relay team, with Freddie Milton, Norman Brooks and Joseph Whiteside, that won the silver medal at the 1930 British Empire Games. The following year, Watts was third in the ASA Mile Championship and runner-up in the 500 yards. However, he carried off that year’s Long-distance Championship of Wales.