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***SOLD***Cyma - WWW Dirty Dozen - WWII Military Wrist Watch - Stepped Bezel. c.1945


*** SOLD***A Vintage Tropical - Cyma WWW ‘Dirty Dozen' World War II Military Issued Wrist Watch with a Stunning Original Tropical Radium Dial and Hand Set. 

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 the pieces 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 watches 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 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, mechanical, and hand-wound with a 15 jewel movement. Each piece also had a legible and large black dial with white Arabic characters, luminous hands, and indices, and a ‘railroad’ minute track with sub-seconds at 6 o’clock. 

What’s on offer:

The piece offered for sale here was made by ‘Cyma’ and features a stepped bezel, stunning black dial (Now turning a Tropical Brown) with a peppering of charismatic patina, and beautiful tobacco coloured lume to the hour plots and original hands.

The CYMA signature along with the stepped sub-dial, rail track minute marker, and synonymous 'arrow' are all in fine fettle, and the substantial proportions of the piece make for a really nice wearing watch steeped in history. Of course, there are signs of wear as one would expect with any watch of this age and bloodline, however, nothing notable to speak of, and each blemish simply adds to its charm, as it is, after all, a military issued tool watch! A delightful addition to any collection and a very worthy day-to-day wearer which will always be a talking point. 

You will also be pleased to know the watch runs exceptionally well as it has just returned after a full strip-down and service by the renowned military watchmaker, John Senior.

Additional information

Made from

Case: Stainless steel

Case back: Screw-on

Dial: Black Tropical

Crystal: Shatter-proof plexi

Bracelet: NATO style strap

Technical specifications

Winding: Manual

Movement Type: Mechanical

Caliber:  234

Jewels: 15

Waterproof: when new!

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent 

Model Reference: WWW

Date of issue: c.1945


12 months by VWS


Width: 38mm

Lug width: 18mm

Lug height (lug to lug): 45mm

Wrist size: Adjustable