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Jaeger LeCoultre WWW "Dirty Dozen" - Military Issued Watch - c.1945

£3,350.00GBP
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A Superb Example of a Jaeger LeCoultre "Dirty Dozen" Military Issued Watch from c.1945. This Watch is in Remarkable Condition with a Stunning Caramel Lume. 

During the Second World War, every participating nation needed tough, reliable timekeepers for their servicemen and women. Not to be confused with the war movie of the same name, in watch terms, “Dirty Dozen” refers to the 12 manufacturers that produced watches commissioned by the British Ministry of Defence in the 1940s. The watches had to meet specific requirements which included the now synonymous black dial, luminous hour markers and hands, shatterproof crystal, and a steel, waterproof case.

Twelve brands were eventually tasked with fulfilling the criteria set by the MoD: Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor, Vertex, and Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Around 6000 of the circa 150,000 "WWW" watches exported to Britain during the war were from Jaeger LeCoultre and it's believed they arrived in the UK in the second half of 1945. So going by the original number produced and not knowing how many survived the JLC dirty dozens are pretty rare.

What’s On Offer 

A superb offering here in the shape of one of the iconic Dirty Dozen watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre. The original jet black radium dial is blemish-free and boasts lumed hour plots and MoD hands which have evenly aged to a really nice caramel colour. The Arabic numerals are still sharp as is the JLC signature. The stepped sub-dial and synonymous Pheon are also in fine fettle and complete a really handsome tool watch. The chrome topped case shows slight signs of wear on the lugs but nothing of much concern. All in all, this is a great watch that is still beating away happily even after all these years it is running strong and well having just returned to us after a movement service by the renowned military watchmaker John Senior in early November, so rest assured you should have no issues with this watch. For your added peace of mind, we will give the watch a 12 months guarantee. 

Additional information

Made from

Case: Chrome Topped - Stainless Steel Back

Dial: Black

Crystal: Plexiglass

Bracelet: NATO Style

Technical specifications

Winding: Manual

Movement Type: Mechanical

Caliber: 479

Jewels: 16

Waterproof: When New

Power reserve: 40hrs

Purchase details

Condition: Superb

Model Reference: WWW

Date of issue: c.1945

Guarantee: 12 Months by VWS

Dimensions

Width (without crown): 35mm

Lug width: 17mm

Lug height: (lug to lug) 45mm

Wrist size:  Adjustable