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Omega - WWW "Dirty Dozen" - World War II Military Issued Watch - c.1945

£3,895.00GBP
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A Very Collectible Military Issued Omega "Dirty Dozen"  Watch c.1945 in Superb Condition with Pleasing Lume and an Unblemished Dial. 

For military collectors, the “Dirty Dozen” watches need no introduction. Civilian watches proved rather useless against the rigors of war conditions in the 1940s and so the MoD needed a watch that met their stringent requirements.

Twelve Swiss watchmakers were eventually chosen to produce the WWW (which stands for Watch. Wristlet. Waterproof.) a simple steel two-hander with white numerals on a black dial and a small seconds counter at six o’clock.

More than 140,000 watches in total were made and distributed to British soldiers in varying numbers from each manufacturer and the 12 variations became collectively known as the “Dirty Dozen”.

This is the Omega version of the Dirty Dozen, of which approximately 25000 were produced – the surviving numbers are unknown but they seem to dwindle each year making them more and more collectible as time goes by.

What's on Offer

We are lucky to have seen a lot of Dirty Dozen pieces pass through our hands, however, they are not all in as beautiful condition as this one. A particularly rich black dial with near-perfect Arabic numerals, sub-dial, and outer minute track. The lume has aged nicely to a deep flaxen and it's very even from the hour plots to the hands giving the watch a really handsome aesthetic and the superb condition also lends a contemporary edge. This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase an all original and very collectible watch with historical significance.

Additional information

Made from

Case: Stainless Steel

Dial: Black

Crystal: Plexi

Bracelet: NATO Style 


Technical specifications

Winding: Manual

Movement Type: Mechanical 

Caliber: 30T2

Jewels: 15

Waterproof: When new

Power reserve: Approx. 44hrs

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent - 9/10 

Model Reference Number: WWW

Date of issue: c.1945

Guarantee: 12 months by VWS

Dimensions

Width: 35mm

Lug width: 18mm

Lug height: (lug to lug) 45mm

Wrist size: Adjustable