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Omega 'Dirty Dozen' WWW - World War II Military Soldiers Wrist Watch - circa.1940

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

At the end of the Second World War, many members of the British armed forces were issued with a basic but carefully specified watch, commissioned from 12 Swiss manufacturers by the British Ministry of Defence. These were ultimately to replace the earlier issued "ATP" watches from earlier in the war, but have gone on to become far more collectible and sought after due to their high quality form and function.

During 1944 and 1945, twelve watch makers (Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, JLC, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor and Vertex) produced a total of approximately 150,000 of these almost identical timepieces. As these watches became highly sought after by collectors over the ensuing decades, they became known as ‘The Dirty Dozen’ - earning this nickname from the 1964 war film of the same moniker. Members of this exclusive club are now in constant demand as few remain in good and original condition, and as production volumes differed widely across the 12 wartime manufacturers. Apparently only around 30 complete sets were known to exist, worldwide.

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 their movements precision-adjusted to several different positions and temperatures. 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. 

This Omega is in excellent condition with crisp edges to the stainless steel case. The black dial is clean, and has been fully serviced by expert military watchmaker John Senior (a name you may recognise from military watch forums!).

This piece is sold with a khaki NATO strap, but 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 and a stunning dial. There are some signs of wear, though these are arguably less significant than would be expected for a watch so old.

Additional information

Made from

Case: Stainless steel.

Case back: Screw on. 

Dial: Original black 

Crystal: Shatter-proof plexiglass.

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


Technical specifications

Winding: Manually wound

Movement type: Mechanical

Calibre: Omega 30T2

Jewels: 15

Waterproof: When new!

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent unpolished condition with crisp case edges.

Model Reference Number: WWW (Dirty Dozen)

Date of issue: 1944/45. 

Guarantee

Supplied with a 12-month Vintage Watch Specialist guarantee. 

Dimensions

Width: 35mm.

Lug width: 18mm.

Lug height (lug to lug): 45mm

Wrist size: Adjustable.