Vertex WWW Dirty Dozen British Army Wristwatch c.1945

Vertex WWW Dirty Dozen British Army Wristwatch c.1945


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Vertex WWW Dirty Dozen British Army Wristwatch c.1945

The WWW watches are perhaps the most popular and collectable watches amongst all those issued to the British Army. This is perhaps because they were the first to be specially designed and custom made for the British Army.

WWW stands for Watch, Wrist, Waterproof and was the descriptive code used by the British Army to identify it as a piece of equipment.
These watches began being manufactured and issued to the British Army in early 1945.

There were 12 Swiss manufacturers of the WWW watches and as such, the collection is commonly referred to by collectors and dealers alike as “The Dirty Dozen”.

Only around 15,000 Vertex WWW watches were made for the British Army during WW2. As such, good original examples of these watches are highly sought after by collectors and are often difficult to find.



The Vertex WWW for sale is in excellent overall condition having been recently serviced by our highly skilled and experienced horologist.
The dial is in wonderful condition with no obvious flaws or blemishes.
The hands and crown are all correct to the original specification of the watch.
It is common to find the outer casing of these watches in a bad state of repair. However, the casing of the watch for sale is in excellent condition with no major wear or tarnishing. There are some minor stress fractures to the glass.
Happily, the lug and case back numbers match, which confirms the mid-case and case back are original to each other.
The 59 calibre movement is in very good condition and is currently running well and keeping good time.

The watch comes complete with a free six-month warranty and a newly fitted NATO strap.

Diameter: 35mm (ex crown)