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WWW Eterna Military Watch - Calibre 520H - 'Dirty Dozen' c.1940


As per original specifications this Eterna has a very original and well preserved black dial, Arabic numerals, luminous markers and hands. Military arrow below the Eterna signed dial, with subsidiary seconds at 6 O’clock.

Typically the Eternas are a 36mm military case – fixed lug bars with military markings on back (WWW P33xx 31116xx).

Original radium lume in the hands and on the hour plots. The watch appears in excellent original condition. The radium on the hands matches the dial as it has evenly discoloured. The dial and case are also original, and the original lume plots still glow brightly 70 years later under UV light.

A question pops to mind when looking at a watch like this; how many of these 5000 models survive? And how many in such good condition? We truly believe this watch to be a piece of rare, collectable history and beauty!

The case is in excellent condition, though it shows light signs of wear.

In summary, another beautifully preserved example of a ‘Dirty Dozen’ World War 2-issued military watch and very reasonably priced compared with other dealers!

  • Model ref: WWW Eterna ‘Dirty Dozen’
  • Year: 1940s
  • Warranty length: 12 months
  • Box and papers: VWS Pouch
  • Movement type, calibre and jewels: Hand-wound Caliber 520H, 15j
  • Case: Stainless steel with screw-on back
  • Dial: Black dial, sword hands
  • Crystal: Plexiglass
  • Bracelet: NATO strap
  • Width (w/o crown): 36mm
  • Height, lug to lug: 45mm
  • Lug width: 18mm
  • Wrist size: Adjustable