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***SOLD***Cyma - WWW British Military Dirty Dozen - Watch Issued c.1940s****SOLD****


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Vintage British Army Cyma WWW ‘Dirty Dozen' World War II, Soldier’s Wristwatch with Stepped Bezel, caliber 27A movement

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. 

These Dirty Dozen sets are now highly sought after by military watch collectors and enthusiasts alike, and we have been delighted to help a number of our clients complete these full sets in recent years. 

Each watch was commissioned and manufactured with similar specifications and, as military issues, were hard-wearing, highly legible, and water-resistant with stainless steel or nickel-plated cases, shatterproof crystal, and fixed lug bars.

Watches were, as standard, capable of chronometer-accuracy - hand wound with a 15-jewel movement. Each piece also had a large black dial with white Arabic characters, luminous hands, and indices and a ‘railroad’ minute track with a small sub-seconds dial at 6 o’clock. 

What’s On Offer

This piece is in excellent, unpolished condition with crisp, sharp edges and a stunning tropical dial and handset all in original condition with all the Radium lume still present. There are some signs of wear, however, these are so insignificant considering the age of the watch. 

Additional information

Made from

Case: Stainless steel

Case back: Screw-on

Dial: Original black going tropical

Crystal: Shatter-proof Plexi

Bracelet: NATO style 

Technical Specifications

Winding: Manual

Movement Type: Mechanical hand wound

Caliber: 27A

Jewels: 17j 

Waterproof: when new!

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent unpolished condition with crisp case edges 9.5/10 

Model Reference Number: WWW

Date of issue: 1940s


Supplied with a 12-month Vintage Watch Specialist guarantee


Width: 38mm

Lug width: 18mm

Lug height (lug to lug): 45mm

Wrist size: Adjustable