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c.1944 Lemania WWW 'Dirty Dozen' - WWII British Army-Issued Military watch

£3,450.00GBP
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c.1944 Lemania WWW ‘Dirty Dozen’ World War II Military Wrist Watch. 

As these watches became highly sought after by collectors over the ensuing decades, they became known as ‘The Dirty Dozen’ - earning this nickname from the 1964 war film of the same moniker. Members of this exclusive club are now in constant demand as few of these in good and original condition remain, and as production volumes differed widely across the 12 wartime manufacturers. Apparently only around 30 complete sets were known to exist, worldwide. Regarding Lemania specifically, only 10,000 of these watches were produced for service, and a large proportion will have been destroyed/decommissioned. To find a Dirty Dozen with an original dial, with pumpkin patina and full radium lumes and with matching lug numbers is unheard of. Seize this opportunity! A highly collectable vintage military watch with tangible history behind it.

Out of the approximate 150,000 pieces delivered to Britain, just circa 10,000 were from Lemania. Lemania has a rich history and heritage within watch collecting circles having been famous for their movements which featured in numerous Omega models including the Speedmaster that Buzz Aldrin wore on the moon. In 1932 Lemania, Omega and Tissot merged to form SSIH group of brands. Alongside the Lemania “Dirty Dozen”, other timepieces in demand by collectors from Lemania include the HS9 and many steel chronographs that house the legendary 13CH movement featuring gilt dials and protruding chronograph pump pushers.

What's on offer

Housed in a 36.5mm chrome-topped stainless steel case with minimal wear to speak of, this Lemania WWW is in excellent and original condition. The original sword hands, dial and case are all original to the watch, attested to by the lume plots, which have inherited a beautifully colourful and even patina over the years. The hands and lume plots have gained a wonderful aging presence to them which is a true testament to the rich history of these famous watches. The Arabic indices, broad arrow and brands logo retain their crispness on the deep black dial whilst the case and crown cements this watches presence on ones wrist.

Additional information

Made from

Case: Solid stainless steel 

Case back: Screw on. 

Dial: Black, with original tobacco coloured Radium lume.

Crystal: Shatter-proof plexi. 

Bracelet: NATO military-style.

Technical specifications

Winding: Manually wound. 

Movement type: Mechanical.

Calibre: 27A

Jewels: 17

Waterproof: When new!

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent unpolished condition with crisp case edges. 

Model Reference Number: WWW. 

Date of issue: Circa 1944. 

Guarantee

Supplied with a 12-month Vintage Watch Specialist guarantee. 

Dimensions

Width: 36.5mm.

Lug width: 18mm.

Wrist size: Adjustable.