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SKU: VWS2769

Vertex Dirty Dozen WW2 Soldier's Watch - Match Case and Lug Numbers - c.1944

A Very Well-Preserved Vertex Dirty Dozen WW2 Soldier's Watch with Matching Case and Lug Numbers and Original Lume, Original Condition, c.1944

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Of the circa. 145,000 watches delivered towards the end of 1944, Vertex were only around 15,000 of them. This naturally makes them in the minority of the batch, bearing in mind, Record, Omega and Cyma each produced more respectively. To many, Vertex are a little known brand but in the world of vintage watches and especially military watches, they have a great reputation. Vertex were the only one of the twelve makers that were founded in Great Britain in 1916 by Claude Lyons. He was born in London in 1885 and by the age of 17 he had started working in the watch trade. He first set up Dreadnaught Watches in 1906 with a £1000 loan from his father-in-law and had paid him back within the year due to popularity of the brand and the great effort from Claude to establish the name.

In 2015, 100 years since Claude Lyons started the company, his great grandson Don Cochrane re-incorporated the brand and Vertex have since released heritage models that channel earlier Vertex pieces which includes the M100 model which is a modern day reissue of the “Vertex Dirty Dozen”. The M100 is still available today.

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We are very pleased to offer this stunning Vertex Dirty Dozen WW2 soldier's watch for sale in such wonderful vintage condition. This one of the nicer dials that we have seen in a while - rich black with bold and very crisp Arabic numerals, an outer minute track and a recessed sub-seconds dial at 6 o'clock. The jewel in the crown is the original lume on the hour plots and hands which has aged to an even warm tobacco colour across the dial - simply beautiful.

Of course, you will not that the military pheon is also present at 12 o'clock, this is to denote that the watch is the property of the MoD. You can also see the arrow on the case back along with the other original military engravings - just think of the stories this watch could tell if only it could speak! The case and lugs are also in excellent shape and boast matching lug and case numbers which is very rare and even more collectable!! 

At over 80 years old, this watch is running well and keeping good time, which is incredible! This watch will bring much joy to any military or vintage collector and will make a phenomenal addition to your collection - don't miss this one. 

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 NATO Style Strap
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Power reserve
Date of issue
 12 Months VWS
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Lug height
(lug to lug) 47mm
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