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Longines Dirty Dozen ref. 5707

During the second world war, the British ministry of defense set out to procure wristwatches for its troops. Rather than making a deal with a single supplier, they set up a list of requirements and allowed several suppliers to meet these demands. A total of twelve watchmakers signed up, resulting in the nickname “Dirty dozen”.

Among the requirements were chronometer accuracy, luminous markers, and water resistance. The cases show a W.W.W. marking, designating “Water-resistant Wrist Watch” along with other military specifications.

The one we have here is made by Longines and has been very well preserved. It has been relumed, but at a very early stage, likely in the sixties. It is an amazing opportunity to buy into a piece of true military heritage.

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Brand

Longines

Year of production (circa)

1945