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c.1944 - Buren - WWW 'Dirty Dozen' - WWII British Army-Issued Military Watch

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One of the nicest looking Vintage Buren WWW ‘Dirty Dozen’ World War II Military Issued Soldier’s Wrist Watch. c.1944, that we have had the privilege to own in a few years!

The Buren Watch Company was created in 1898. This followed the acquisition of Fritz Suter & Cie, at the Swiss town Büren an der Aare, by the London company of H. Williamson Ltd, producing pocket watches and table clocks of all types. Due to the existing rail link H. Williamson Ltd. invested and expanded further in Büren and developed the site into an international branch. From 1916 Henry Williamson used the signature Büren Watch Co. In 1966 the Buren Watch Company was sold to the Hamilton Watch Company. Buren quickly became the manufacturer of the majority of Hamilton watches, eliminating US production.

In the closing years of World War II, a basic but carefully specified model wrist watch 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 present example is one of the nicest examples we have stocked in a good few years! The chrome topped 36.5mm case shows light wear but nothing significant and is in line with the age of the watch. The lume looks fantastic and is particularly eye catching on the sword hands. The indices are wonderfully intact and the number 4 is quite striking. With the Buren brand name and broad arrow remaining ever present on the dial, a real collectors piece and with a significant place in horological history, the Buren “Dirty Dozen” is a watch known by many and chased by serious collectors. Finished with a NATO strap, this watch really comes to life and is ready to serve its next owner in true glory much like the purpose it was created for.

Additional information

Made from

Case: Chrome Top.

Case back: Screw on.

Dial: Black, with tobacco coloured lume.

Crystal: Shatter-proof plexi.

Bracelet: NATO military-style 

Technical specifications

Winding: Manually wound. 

Movement type: Mechanical.

Calibre: 462

Jewels: 15.

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.