Our Reference No. JH1370
Watch Numbers: P152881 20281
Movement: Mechanical manual wind
Year: Approx. 1940
Strap: Grey Nato Material,
Case Material: Stainless steel
Case Size: 38mm
Condition report: Good Condition with minimal signs of wear or scratches.
Original box and paperwork not included.
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The Dirty Dozen. During the 40s, towards the tail-end of World War II, Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) made custom orders from 12 manufacturers in Switzerland for military spec watches to equip its soldiers.
The watches needed to have a black dial with Arabic numerals, to be waterproof and luminous, regulated to a chronometer level and composed of a rugged stainless steel case. Furthermore, they had to have fixed bars, have a broadarrow on the dial, signifying that it was property of the government and also on the caseback which included other government serial numbers. Nicknamed the ‘Dirty Dozen’ by collectors, they were officially set out by the MoD as W.W.Ws, standing for ‘Watch, Wristlet, Waterproof’. The result was a group of 12 watches, that embodied the very idea of ‘purpose-built’, and it doesn’t get any more utilitarian than this.
Amongst the brands that produced for the MoD was Cyma. With production estimated at around 20,000 pieces,
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