This Dirty Dozen Record watch would have been used towards the end of the Second World War by British forces.
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
Twelve Swiss watchmakers were selected to make watches to a standardised design in 1944. They were Buren, IWC, Cyma, Longines, Grana (the rarest), Jaeger-LeCoultre, Lemania, Omega, Timor, Vertex and Record. Each was was designated W.W.W., which stands for Watch Wrist Waterproof. They had to have a manual wind movement of fifteen jewels, a black dial with luminous hour and minute hands, sub seconds at 6, railroad track minute markers and a shatterproof acrylic crystal. No specification on accuracy is available, but Omega noted that their watches used the Chronometer grade 30T2. These Dirty Dozen watches were issued as quickly as possible, although that could also have been after WW2.
There are a few types of collectors for Dirty Dozen watches. You have someone who wants a watch to look brand new, others that are looking to complete the set (they are normally trying to find the Grana, the rarest) and other people that want a mechanically sound watch that looks like it has seen action. This watch falls into the latter category, and is certainly no safe queen. The case plating has rubbed, the hands have had their radium lume removed (no bad thing) and the dial is likely a later MOD service replacement, which was far from uncommon. But the 022K movement is running sweetly, the case is correctly marked and the serial numbers and letters cross check against the available archives, and the watch is marked with the crows foot/pheon in the three correct places – dial, case back and inside the case back. The NATO strap is new, and could be swapped for a different colour if preferred. You’ll see on the video how easy they are to change, and what differences they make to the look of the watch.
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Width with crown 38.6 mm
Width without crown 35.9 mm
Between lugs 18 mm
Lug to lug length 46.6 mm
Case Thickness 11.0 mm
All sizes are approximate.
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