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Omega - A WWII British Military Issued Dirty Dozen Wristwatch - c.1944 - Caliber 30T2

£3,695.00GBP
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A Nice Example of an Omega "Dirty Dozen" British Military, Soldiers Watch Issued in c.1944 With Original Radium Dial and Hands. 

For military collectors, the “Dirty Dozen” watches need no introduction. Civilian watches proved rather useless against the rigors of war conditions in the 1940s and so the MoD needed a watch that met their stringent requirements.

Twelve Swiss watchmakers were eventually chosen to produce the WWW (which stands for Watch. Wristlet. Waterproof.) a simple steel two-hander with white numerals on a black dial and a small seconds counter at six o’clock.

More than 140,000 watches in total were made and distributed to British soldiers in varying numbers from each manufacturer and the 12 variations became collectively known as the “Dirty Dozen”.

This is the Omega version of the Dirty Dozen, of which approximately 25000 were produced – the surviving numbers are unknown but they seem to dwindle each year making them more and more collectible as time goes by.

What’s On Offer 

An honest example here from Omega. This "WWW" marked wristwatch is in original condition with its radium dial, stepped subdial, Arabic numerals, and lumed hour plots. The original sword hands are in good shape with slight deterioration on the lume but nothing of much concern. The steel case and crown look well with no notable marks or blemishes and this watch is paired with a nice black leather strap which wears very comfortably on the wrist. A really nice piece that would make a great addition to any collection and certainly would make any military enthusiast happy. 

Additional information

Made from

Case: Stainless Steel

Dial: Black

Crystal: Plexiglass

Bracelet: Black Leather Strap

Technical specifications

Winding: Manual

Movement Type: Mechanical

Caliber:  30T2

Jewels: 15

Waterproof: When New

Power reserve: 44hrs

Purchase Details

Condition: Excellent

Model Reference: WWW

Date of issue: c.1944

Guarantee: 12 Months by VWS

Dimensions

Width: 35mm

Lug width: 18mm

Lug height: (lug to lug) 45mm

Wrist size: Adjustable