My Cart

Close

Jaeger LeCoultre - WWW 'Dirty Dozen' - c.1944 - World War II Military Watch

£3,975.00GBP
vws1041

Vintage JLC 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 one of twelve watchmakers who delivered the pieces 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 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. The famous Calibre 479 mechanical hand wound movement powers this Jaeger watch, with 16-jewel movement is well known for its reliance and good timekeeping. Unlike other WWW watches this movement was made specifically for the JLC military watches and therefore only around 10000 were produced, of which 6000 went into the Dirty Dozens making them quite rare and hard to find in good working condition!

What’s on offer:

This piece is unpolished with signs of wear (some rubbing), however these are commensurate with age. The dial is original to the watch, featuring original Radium inserts, which have naturally turned into warm vintage speckles atop a jet black face. The Arabic numerals are a beautifully warm eggshell colour, having also discoloured slightly (but in a really nice way). For us, this warm vintage character is what makes these watches so beautiful- would you want a 75-year-old WWII-issued watch to look brand new and soulless? 

Additional information

Made from

Case: Stainless steel.

Case back: Screw on. 

Dial: Black, now beginning to mature to a beautiful tropical patina. 

Crystal: Shatter-proof plexi. 

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


Technical specifications

Winding: Manually wound. 

Movement type: mechanical.

Calibre: Calbre 479

Jewels: 16. 

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. 

Guarantee

Supplied with a 12-month Vintage Watch Specialist guarantee. 

Dimensions

Width: 35mm.

Lug width: 17mm.

Lug height (lug to lug): 46mm

Wrist size: Adjustable.