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Cyma - British Military Watch - W.W.W. P26584 31584 - Dirty Dozen - Issued c.1940s


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Vintage British Army Cyma WWW ‘Dirty Dozen' World War II, Soldier’s Wristwatch with Stepped Bezel, caliber 234 movement, recently serviced.

In the closing years of World War II, a basic but carefully specified model wristwatch was commissioned to members of the British armed forces by the Ministry of Defence - manufactured by one of twelve watchmakers who delivered 20,000 of these Cymas to the MoD 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. 

These Dirty Dozen sets are now highly sought after by military watch collectors and enthusiasts alike, and we have been delighted to help a number of our clients complete these full sets in recent years. 

Each watch was commissioned and manufactured with similar specifications and, as military issues, were hard-wearing, highly legible, and water-resistant with stainless steel or nickel-plated cases, shatterproof crystal, and fixed lug bars.

Watches were, as standard, capable of chronometer-accuracy - hand-wound with a 15-jewel movement. Each piece also had a large black dial with white Arabic characters, luminous hands, and indices and a ‘railroad’ minute track with a small sub-seconds dial at 6 o’clock. 

The piece offered for sale here was made by ‘Cyma’ and features a stepped bezel, which makes the watch look bigger overall. 

The watch is a stunning and highly unusual example of the type, as the dial is one of the rare few that have matured from a matte black finish to a richer tropical look that will likely go brown with age. 

This piece is sold with a NATO-style strap and can be changed to a strap in your choice of grey, black or khaki before posting should you wish!

What’s On Offer

This piece is in excellent, unpolished condition with crisp, sharp edges and a stunning dial and handset all in stunning original condition with all the Radium lume still present and glowing under UV light. There are some signs of wear, however, these are so insignificant considering the age of the watch. 

Additional information

Made from

Case: Stainless steel.

Case back: Screw-on. 

Dial: Original black. 

Crystal: Shatter-proof Plexi. 

Bracelet: NATO style 

Technical Specifications

Winding: Manual

Movement Type: Mechanical hand-wound.

Caliber: 234

Jewels: 15. 

Waterproof: when new!

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent unpolished condition with crisp case edges. 9.5/10 

Model Reference Number: WWW. 

Date of issue: 1940s. 


Supplied with a 12-month Vintage Watch Specialist guarantee. 


Width: 38mm.

Lug width: 18mm.

Lug height (lug to lug): 45mm

Wrist size: Adjustable