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***SOLD***c.1944 Eterna WWW 'Dirty Dozen' - WWII British Army-Issued Military Watch


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

An outstanding opportunity to acquire a real museum standard collection of a “Dirty Dozen” WWW wristwatch. The present Eterna is one of a circa 5000 pieces of the around 150,000 watches delivered in 1945/1955. The watch itself is a rarity and highly sought after by collectors but what makes this example rarer still is the fact the watch comes complete with the original cheque and invoice for the purchase of the watch in 1963 when it was bought from an MoD surplus sale after the watch was decommissioned. How special is that! 

The 12 companies tasked with the job of circa 150,000 watches comprised of Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, JLC, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor and Vertex with rumours there were in fact 13 and the 13th company being Enicar but due to apparently Enicar were also supplying the enemy, they were quickly dropped from the job. The watches were designed to withstand the rigours of the demands of the field. The MoD specs were exactly what you would require a military watch to be - waterproof, luminous, regulated to chronometer level and composed of a case that was rugged. Two serial numbers were required, one being the manufacturer’s number, and the other being the military store number. The dial needed to be black, with Arabic numerals and sub seconds in order to maximise legibility.

What's on offer 

The condition of the present watch is also a triumph. The case is in wonderful condition especially based on the conditions these watches were put through. The black dial retains its depth and the original Radium lume is intact. The indices and sub seconds dial are sharp and legible and the crown sits wonderfully at 3 o’clock rounding off an excellent package that is both a rarity and uncommon to say the least. Although the overall condition of the watch is great and certainly stood the test of time, the fact the receipt and invoice come with the watch adds a huge amount of appeal to this particular example in our opinion and which will no doubt thrill the new owner for many years to come. A truly special watch!

Additional information

Made from

Case: Stainless steel 

Case back: Screw on. 

Dial: Black, with original radium lume now going a lovely green.

Crystal: Shatter-proof plexi. 

Bracelet: NATO military-style.

Technical specifications

Winding: Manually wound. 

Movement type: Mechanical.

Calibre: 520

Jewels: 15

Power reserve: 42h

Waterproof: When new!

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent unpolished condition with crisp case edges. 

Model Reference: WWW. 

Date of issue: Circa 1944. 


Supplied with a 12-month Vintage Watch Specialist guarantee. 


Width: 36.5mm.

Lug width: 18mm.

Wrist size: Adjustable.