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Buren Military WWW2 - Dirty Dozen - Original Condition - c.1944 - MoD Dial - Non Radium

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A Beautiful Military Buren Dirty Dozen WW2 Soldiers Watch with a Promethium Dial (Non-Radium) in Original Condition, c.1944

In the closing years of World War II, a basic but carefully specified model wristwatch was commissioned for members of the British armed forces by the Ministry of Defence - manufactured by one of twelve watchmakers who delivered the pieces in 1944 and 1945. These manufacturers (Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, JLC, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor and Vertex) later came to be known as ‘The Dirty Dozen’ in the mid-1960s, after the release of the popular war film of the same name. Out of the circa 150,000 watches delivered, only circa 11,000 Buren branded watches were produced compared with Omega or Record who for example produced around 25,000 examples each of the approximate 150,000 watches.


What's on Offer

The Buren member of the Dirty Dozen family features a chrome-topped case as opposed to the stainless steel we see on some of the other brands, this type of case shows more wear as you can see in this example, but takes nothing away from the beauty of the watch. A military tool watch at nearly 80 years old, that quite possibly saw live action in WW2  - if there is a perfect one out there it is probably fake! Whilst the case is showing significant wear, it looks beautiful on and is as individual as a watch could be, you will never find another the same. The dial has all the hallmarks we expect to see on the Dirty Dozen watches, rich black with bold Arabic numerals and a sub-seconds counter at 6 o'clock. There are lumed hour markers and also lumed hands which have aged nicely. The case back bears the original military engravings which read: H7316 337479. 

This example of the Buren Dirty Dozen features an MoD dial, meaning its original radium dial was replaced by a Promethium dial (denoted by the P on the counter) so if the presence of radium in military watches is a concern for you, then this is a superb option as it is still very much an original piece with historical military significance. 

I think this is a fantastic example of the Buren, it has been through the wars - literally, and shows signs of wear yes, but isn't that the nature of historical watches built for soldiers? 

Additional information

Made from

Case: Chrome Topped

Dial: Black

Crystal: Plexiglas

Bracelet: NATO

Technical specifications

Winding: Manual

Movement Type: Mechanical

Calibre: 462

Jewels: 15

Purchase details

Condition: Original Condition

Model Reference: WWW

Date of issue: c.1945

Warranty: 12 Months VWS


Width: 36mm

Lug width: 18mm

Lug height: (lug to lug)45.5mm

Wrist size: Adjustable