Budget - Medium Watch Style - Military
In the closing years of World War II, a basic but carefully specified model wristwatch was commissioned to members of the British armed forces by the Ministry of Defence - manufactured by one of twelve watchmakers who delivered 20,000 of these Cymas to the MoD in 1944 and 1945.
These manufacturers (Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, JLC, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor, and Vertex) later came to be known as ‘The Dirty Dozen’ in the mid-1960s, after the release of the popular war film of the same name.
The piece offered for sale here was made by ‘Cyma’ and features a stepped bezel, which makes the watch look bigger overall. The watch is a stunning and highly unusual example of the type, as the dial is one of the rare few that have matured from a matte black finish to a richer tropical look that will likely go brown with age.
A 'Dirty Dozen' watch is a magnificent gift, whether dad is a seasoned collector or simply an enthusiast, presenting him with this will render him utterly speechless.
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