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Timor WWW Dirty Dozen WW2 Military Watch

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Gents Vintage Timor WWW ‘Dirty Dozen’ World War II Military Soldier’s Wrist Watch. 

As World War II came to a close, the British Ministry of Defence commissioned a basic but carefully specified watch to be issued to member of its armed forces. 

In order to fulfil the number needed (approximately 150,000 timepieces,) 12 manufacturers were selected who delivered the watches in 1944 and 1945; Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, JLC, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor and Vertex. 

Decades later as the watches became highly collectible, they earned the nickname ‘The Dirty Dozen’ after the 1964 war film of the same name. These timepieces are highly sought after by collectors due to the fact that very few originals remain, and that production volumes differ widely across the 12 brands, making them very interesting to hunt down and collect. Only around 20 complete sets were known to exist, worldwide (although we think this number will have increased as we alone have helped a number of our clients complete sets in recent years, and personally know of at least ten sets that we have helped complete amongst our clients alone). 

Each watch was produced to a similar standard, rugged and water-resistant with a stainless steel or nickel plated case and a 15-jewel, hand wound movement. Every watch also had to be capable of chronometer-accuracy regulation with high-legibility white Arabic characters on a black dial, luminous hands and indices, a ‘railroad’ minute track and sub-seconds at 6 o’clock. ‘Dirty Dozen’ watches also featured shatterproof crystal and fixed lug bars. 

The example on offer here was produced by ‘Timor’ and has an original issue black radium dial which has matured with a lovely patina and is turning a rich tropical chocolate colour. The watch also has its original stainless steel case crown,  shatterproof crystal and original hands. 

The back of the case features the original Timor markings (WWW, plus model reference/production serials, K12684/42584) along with an engraved military ‘Pheon’ or arrow.

This watch is one of approximately 13,000 pieces, making it a rare and highly sought after piece of British military history. Will it be the first or the final piece in your full set of Dirty Dozen watches?

What’s on offer:

This piece was bought from the daughter in law of its original owner, Kenneth Hxxxxxx, who received it as his military issued watch while serving his country. It’s in excellent unpolished condition with some signs of wear, but not of heavy use. We also have a short note from the family confirming the provenance to the next owner!

The watch will be supplied on a brand new NATO textile strap, in your choice of grey, black or khaki. 

Additional information:

Made from: 

Case: Stainless steel.
Case back: Screw on.
Dial: Black.
Crystal: Shatterproof crystal.
Bracelet: Supplied on a new NATO textile strap. 


Technical specifications

Winding: Manual-winding.
Movement type: mechanical hand wound 
Calibre: 6060.
Jewels: 15j
Water resistance: Yes when new.

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent. 8.5/10
Model reference number:  WWW.
Date of issue: 1944 / 1945.

Guarantee

Supplied with a 12-month Vintage Watch Specialist guarantee.

Dimensions

Width: (without crown) 36.5mm
Height: (lug to lug) 45mm
Lug width: 18mm

Wrist size: Adjustable.