WW2 Omega Dirty Dozen WWW Army Wristwatch

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The Watch
W.W.W referred to as Wrist Watch Waterproof.  
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 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.

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 25,000 Omega Watches issued to troops during the Second World War, who knows how many survive. 


This particular example has, what we refer to as "Gen 2" Dial, these Tritium dials were fitted in the early 1950's as the MoD grew more and more conscious about Radium use on their Dials and the effects that would come with Radium use as their Watchmakers would be exposed to hundreds, if not thousands of Dials over a short period of time.

View this Soldier in a video: here



The Specs

Age: c.1945.
Reference: W.W.W
Movement: Manual wind with Sub Seconds.
Calibre: 30t2
Timekeeping: Very good.
Service History: Full Service, November 2023
Dial: MoD Spec Gen 2 Tritium Omega Dial.
Case: All Stainless Steel.
Measurements: without/with Crown: 35mm/38mm End to End: 45mm
Bezel: Solid.
Water Resistant?: No.
Hands: Original.
Crystal: Correct Acrylic crystal.
Crown: Correct Original unsigned Crown.
Strap/Bracelet: New Khaki NATO Style Strap with Steel Fixtures.
Lug Width: 18mm

Getting Acquainted

Bits that stand out:
-One of only 25,000 issued.
- Hard to find in good order.
-Gen 2 Tritium Dial.
- Fully serviced Movement.
-Crisp Military markings to the back.

Nitty Gritty:
-Some age related minor marks and scratches to the Case.

Overall the Omega is in very nice Vintage condition.
The Dial is in excellent order.
The Case is in very good nick, with a few age related marks.
Caseback markings are very nice.
Original Crown.
Crystal in good shape.
Hands are in lovely shape, wonderful colour.
Photographed on a 7in Wrist.