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WWW Buren Military Watch - Calibre 12 - H3x 3302xx - c.1940


Buren World War II-Issued ‘Dirty Dozen’ watch: one of twelve watches commissioned for use on the front line amongst the British Armed Forces by the Ministry of Defence in the mid 1940s.

This Buren, which finds itself amongst only 11,000 Buren watches manufactured for the Armed Forces, survives in good condition to tell the tale. The chrome topped case shows signs of wear to the plating but it still looks great. Is to be expected of plated cases, though these are purely cosmetic and deeper signs of wear aren’t evident. The case could be termed ‘spider’ crazed, a phenomenon most notable on the lug edges and tops as well as case edges.

The dial retains its sharpness where the case lacks slightly, with all features seen here original to the watch factory production. The dial is sharp and vividly legible, with the sub-second dial appearing particularly well preserved. Luminous inserts in the hands and hour batons are still bright after UV/light exposure.

Another fantastic piece to complete, or build upon, your military watch collection.

  • Model ref: WWW Buren ‘Dirty Dozen’
  • Year: 1940s
  • Warranty length: 12 months
  • Box and papers: VWS Pouch
  • Movement type, calibre and jewels: Hand wound calibre 462 (12 lines), 15j
  • Case: Chrome topped, fixed lug bars, screw-down back
  • Dial: Black radium dial with subsidiary seconds
  • Crystal: Plexiglas
  • Bracelet: NATO strap
  • Width (w/o crown): 36.5mm
  • Height, lug to lug: 45mm
  • Lug width: 18mm
  • Wrist size: Adjustable