1945 Vertex watch co original British Military WWW Dirty Dozen Wristwatch Army issue

Product Code: AWCVE1408

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This Watch

The WWW British issue wristwatches are perhaps the most desired and collectible watches among 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' is said to stand for Watch, Wrist, Waterproof and was the descriptive code used by the British Army to identify it as a piece of equipment issued by the government.

These watches began being manufactured and issued to the British Forces in early 1944.

This example is in great condition and an important note to mention is the case is unpolished and not re plated.  These Dirty Dozen watches really need to be in as original condition as possible to retain its collected appeal. The dial and hands are also original with patina as expected for a watch of this age and with its history.

Extra Points 

There were 12 Swiss manufacturers of the WWW contracted to the forces, and as such, the collection is commonly referred to by collectors and dealers alike as “The Dirty Dozen”.  Omega, Longines, Jaeger Lecoultre ,  International Watch Co,  Eterna and Cyma to name a few.  

What we think

Only around 15,000 Vertex WWW watches were made for the British Army during the Second World War, making good, original examples highly sought after by collectors and can often be difficult to find. The watch comes fully serviced from our onsite workshop along with our 12 months service over.  You can also Find out more about the company and history via our Friends at Vertex watch co Here! 

Thanks to Don at www.vertex-watches.com for Keeping his family business alive and we look forward to whats coming next from them.


Spec Stuff


Serial : 352####
Reference : A 8492     
Movement : In house Vertex Caliber 59
Age : 1941/1950
Specific Age : 1944
Case Size : 36mm
Case Thickness : 12mm
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Condition :
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Case Material :
  Chrome on Brass - Steel back
Service History :
  Our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty

1945 Vertex watch co original British Military WWW Dirty Dozen Wristwatch Army issue