IWC Military ‘Dirty dozen’

Dirty Dozen

Most of us know this war movie with celebrities such as Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, and Donald Sutherland. Now we are no film critics, but wow what a bunch of men! This movie is a reference to the nickname of this military watch.

Towards the end of World War II, the British army commissioned 12 (actually 13) watch brands to make a watch for the British troops. These were Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Jaeger Lecoultre, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor, and Vertex. Enicar was also asked, but it never delivered. The watch must meet a number of conditions: Black dial, waterproof, subsecond, luminous hands/index, and plastic glass.

So to speak, the watch brands went to work. There were 12 military watches on the market with some minor differences. The type of hands could differ or the material the case was made of. But all met the requirements of the British army. Because 12 brands made a watch, collectors say, Dirty Dozen, if you have the whole set.

This is the IWC MK X version of the Dirty Dozen, of which 6.000 were produced. Needless to say, many of them were lost as these military watches are really not babied as dress watches would be. Of course, all the familiar military numbers are present on the case back.

Condition is still quite important on these pieces, and this piece is a really good one. The dial is spotless and a real beauty. Yes, the radium has become a little blurry, however, this is normal. It’s still very much in the right place and hasn’t damaged the dial paint. Furthermore, the watch case really has maintained its original edges and curves, suggesting it hasn’t been ‘used’ a lot when it was in military service.

Dirty Dozen IWC’s are becoming rarer every day, finding one in this condition is something special. Feel free to contact us for more information! available now.


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