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Record - With Matching Case Numbers - WWW Dirty Dozen World War II Issued Military Watch - c.1945

£2,450.00GBP
VWS1711

Record www Dirty Dozen WWII Watch Case No: L13982 - 531829 Matching Lug No: 982 Calibre: 022K Jewels: 15j

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. 

These manufacturers (Record, Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, JLC, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, 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 and hand-wound with 15-jewel movements. 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. 

What’s On Offer 

A cracking example from Record here, the synonymous black radium dial is in great condition and showcases the crisp Arabic numerals, stepped sub-dial, and lumed hour plots perfectly. The sword hands are in nice condition with the lume intact and boasting a beautiful buttery hue. This example also boasts matching caseback and lug numbers which make it slightly rarer than its counterparts without this feature. 

The Dirty Dozen watches are hugely collectible and each has its own story, but ultimately they are a tool watch and meant to be worn. The superb condition and proportions of this watch along with its classic lines, make it an ideal everyday wearer as well as a great addition to your collection. 

The watch runs exceptionally well having just been serviced by renowned military watchmaker John Senior and the watch has had the benefit of a NOS plexiglass and new mainspring so it's all great and ready to be enjoyed!

Additional information

Made from

Case: Chrome Topped

Dial: Black

Crystal: Plexi

Bracelet: NATO Style 

Technical specifications

Winding: Manual

Movement type: Mechanical

Caliber: 022k

Jewels: 15j

Waterproof: When new

Power reserve:

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent

Model Reference Number: WWW

Date of issue: c.1945

Guarantee: 12-month by VWS

Dimensions

Width: 35.5mm

Lug width: 18mm

Lug height: (lug to lug) 46.5

Wrist size: Adjustable