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Vertex Military WWW
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The second world war is a black page in the book of mankind. Life and survival were more important than wristwatches, but even in these days there was demand for watches, for example, the British army. We are pleased to offer you a piece which once belonged to them…
Vertex is one of the brands that got the order of the English military. The pictures say it all, come and feel free to come by to take a look. We do not have the complete Dirty Dozen collection, but we have a few brands.
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Towards the end of WWII, the British MoD (Ministry of Defense) commissioned thirteen watchmakers to supply wristwatches for the allied troops. The brief went out to Longines, Vertex, Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC, Omega, Buren, Grana, Lemania, Record, Timor, Eterna, Cyma and Enicar. All but Enicar eventually delivered, earning this bunch of companies the nickname: Dirty Dozen.
The nickname came later though. At the time, these were known as W.W.W; Waterproof Wrist Watches. The brief was simple: the watches had to be reliable, serviceable and waterproof. They would have a black dial with luminescent Arabic numerals, a sub dial for the seconds and a shatter-proof acrylic crystal. The case back would feature milspec engravings.
All twelve Dirty Dozen watches are slightly different. Subtle variations in case shape, hands and dials exist. Some are chrome-plated, others are stainless steel.
By the time the Dirty Dozen watches were ready for dispatch, the war was nearing its end. Some still saw actual military use during the second world war, others were used in later conflicts. Some never saw action at all.
There are vast differences in production numbers between the individual suppliers. This, in part, explains the serious difference in value among them. This is a rough estimate of the numbers of Dirty Dozen watches produced:
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