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 rare watches are highly sought after by collectors and can often be extremely difficult to find.
The watch for sale is in excellent overall condition and is one of the very best examples you could ever hope to find.
The original factory 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 of the chrome plating. Happily, the numbers on the case back match those on the lug meaning the case back and mid-case are original to each other.
There is what appears to be a fairly minor stress fracture to the glass close to the sub-second dial of the watch. However, this would seem to be more prominent in the photos than it is in reality. Naturally, the glass can be changed should the buyer wish for us to do so.
The 59 calibre movement is in very good condition and is currently running well and keeping excellent time. The movement ring is not original to the watch and is a new old stock replacement.
The watch comes complete with a free six-month warranty, newly fitted NATO strap and a quality handmade leather watch pouch.
Diameter: 35mm (ex crown)