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WWW Record WWII - Calibre 022K - 15 Jewels - Mechanical Hand Wind - Military Watch

£1,395.00GBP
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A Record WWW World War II issued military watch with the Calibre 022K mechanical hand-wound movement. These particular watches were designed specifically for armed forces personnel in the Second World War; Record were one of the ‘dirty dozen’ manufacturers that were suppliers to the MOD.

This particular watch is in excellent overall condition considering its use during active service and has the typical design features that were specified to the manufacturers by the MOD. We believe that only 25,000 of the Record WWW were produced and not that many will have survived, particularly not in the excellent condition seen here.

Case and Crown

This is the original matt chrome topped case with solid bezel and what appears to be the original crown. The back is engraved with the correct markings of WWW L325xx – 550xxx and the MOD Broad Arrow logo. The back of one of the lugs has the number 379 etched to it which does not appear to match although this is quite common in military watches as in-house services regularly replaced parts during active service. There is an endless debate regarding the originality of parts and pieces of these watches as they were often changed during service. Because all WWW’s were maintained and repaired by the R.E.M.E (Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers), it seems it was common practice to chop and change watch parts without regard for each specific manufacturer. It is getting harder to find ones with matching case/lug and case back numbers although they do occasionally come along!

Overall the case is in good condition with some light signs of wear to the lugs and bezel. We think this all adds to the character and story of each individual piece. Much of this you would expect for a military issued watch of this age that will have seen action during the war!

Dial, Hands and Glass

The watch has the Record signed matt black dial which has retained its clean look over the years. The white Arabic numerals at the hour positions have also retained their crisp clear look with the accompanying luminous dots having some signs of patina and touching up historically (likely whilst still in service). The dial has the sub-dial seconds display at 6 o’clock. The hour and minute hands are original to the watch and have solid luminous inlays, which remain intact (and have likely been re-filled historically). The acrylic glass is in good condition but does have some very small marks that can be polished out easily should you wish.

Overall the dial, hands and glass are all in good condition for a 1940’s watch. 

Movement

This watch has the Calibre 022K mechanical hand wound movement with 15 jewels, which, as with all military watches, is known for its resilience and excellent time keeping.

The movement is running strong but will nonetheless receive a complete overhaul and clean upon purchase, furthermore the watch comes with a 12-month guarantee for your peace of mind.

Bracelet/Strap

The watch comes on a new khaki nylon NATO style strap with stainless steel pin buckle. If you would prefer a different strap/colour please contact us to discuss this.

Box and Papers

There are no original papers or box with this watch however it will be supplied in our exclusive, genuine leather, VWS watch case.

A detailed invoice together with our warranty will be provided at the point of sale.

In Conclusion

This is an excellent example of the Record, WWW, WWII military watch. For a watch dating to the 1940’s it is in great condition. Its simplicity and classic rugged, military style makes this either an everyday wear or a valuable collector’s item.

 

  • Model ref: WWW Dirty Dozen
  • Year: 1940’s
  • Warranty length: 12 Months
  • Box and papers: No
  • Movement type, calibre and jewels: Hand Wind, Cal. 022K, 15J
  • Case: Chrome Plated with Stainless Steel Back
  • Dial: Black Military Style
  • Crystal: Plexiglas
  • Bracelet: New Nato Strap
  • Width (w/o crown): 36mm
  • Height, lug to lug: 47mm
  • Lug width: 18mm
  • Wrist size: Adjustable