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.
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.
The 12 companies chosen were: Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor, and Vertex.
There were only 8,000 Longines issued to troops during the Second World War, who knows how many survive.
With its contemporary size (38 mm) and the stepped case makes it one of the most interesting of all the Dirty Dozen variants and it's no surprise that it is very high on the majority of the serious Military Collectors wishlist.
You can read the history of the Dirty Dozen in one of our Blogs: here
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Movement: Manual wind with Sub Seconds.
Dial: Original Longines Military Dial.
Crystal: Correct Acrylic crystal.
Bits that stand out:
- Lume has aged beautifully throughout.
- Hard to find and to find one in such good order.
- Fully serviced Movement.
Overall the Longines is in very nice Vintage condition.