WW2 Cyma Dirty Dozen Wristwatch c.1945

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The Watch

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W.W.W referred to as Wrist Watch Waterproof.  
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In WW2, under increasing pressure from the Germans, the MoD needed to kit out their Troops with a Wristwatch that would stand the harsh realities of War.
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The MoD put out specifications for this Wristwatch, that many Swiss Companies answered, the MoD whittled this down to 12 Companies hence the term "Dirty Dozen". These needed to be accurate, reliable and durable, which in watchmaking terms meant they had to be regulated to chronometer standards, and also be waterproof and shockproof.
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The watches also had to have a black dial, Arabic numerals, luminous hour and minute hands, luminous hour markers, a railroad minute track, a shatterproof crystal, and a stainless-steel case. Powering them would be 15-jewel movements, measuring between 11.75 and 13 lignes.

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 The 12 companies chosen were: Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor, and Vertex.

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You can read the history of the Dirty Dozen in one of our Blogs: here

View this Soldier in a video: here

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The Specs


Age: c.1945.
Reference: W.W.W
Movement: Manual wind with Sub Seconds.
Calibre: 234.
Timekeeping: Very good.
Service History: Full Service, November 2022.
Dial: Original Cyma Military Dial.
Case: All Stainless Steel with Screw Caseback.
Measurements: without/with Crown: 38mm/41.2mm End to End: 45mm
Bezel: Solid.
Water Resistant?: No.
Hands: Original.
Crystal: Correct Acrylic crystal.
Crown: Correct Original unsigned Crown.
Strap/Bracelet: New 18mm Khaki NATO Style strap with Brushed Steel fixtures.
Lug Width: 18mm



Getting Acquainted

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Bits that stand out:
- Lume has aged beautifully throughout.
- Hard to find and to find one in such good order.
- Fully serviced Movement.
-Crisp Military markings to the back.


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Nitty Gritty:
-Very Minor scratches to the case.

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Overall the Cyma is in very nice Vintage condition.
The Dial is in lovely condition.
Case is in very nice nick.
Caseback markings are very nice.
Original Crown.
New correct Crystal fitted during service.
Hands are in lovely shape.

Photographed on a 7in Wrist.