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Vertex WWW Dirty Dozen c.1944 WWII British Military Watch


Vintage Vertex WWW ‘Dirty Dozen’ World War II Military Soldier’s Wrist Watch c.1940s. 

In the closing years of World War II, a basic but carefully specified model wrist watch was commissioned to members of the British armed forces by the Ministry of Defence - manufactured by twelve watchmakers who delivered the pieces in 1944 and 1945.

The watches produced under these tight military specifications by prestigious watch houses (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 watches 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 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 sub-seconds at 6 o’clock. 

The original and typically more substantial, matte finished, plated case with a solid (integral) bezel, as well as what we believe to be the original crown, are all in overall excellent condition for an issued military watch, as you will no doubt agree from our photographs! The signed screw in back has all the correct markings, and the arrow logo, depicting its MoD origin.

This piece is sold with a 'tropic' style strap and can be changed to a new NATO fabric 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 edges. However there are signs of wear these are commensurate with age. 

Additional information

Made from

Case: Chrome Top with stainless steel back.

Case back: Screw on. 

Dial: Black. 

Crystal: Shatter-proof plexi. 

Bracelet: Grey NATO fabric strap in your choice of grey, black or khaki. 

Technical specifications

Movement type: Mechanical, hand-wound

Calibre: Caliber 59

Jewels: 15. 

Waterproof: when new!

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent unpolished condition with crisp case edges. The watch has some signs of wear in accordance with its age. 

Model Reference Number: WWW. 

Date of issue: 1944/45. 


Supplied with a 12-month Vintage Watch Specialist guarantee. 


Width: 35mm.

Lug width: 18mm.

Lug height (lug to lug): 47mm

Wrist size: Adjustable.