Record Military WWW

The Dirty Dozen.

It is known that there are a lot of military watches with the same design but of another brand, issued by the English military. Better known as ‘The Dirty Dozen, named after the famous movie.

Record was one of the brands who made the watches.  In this example, the dial has stained, showing this watch is well over seventy years old. But if you love the look, it is the right watch for you.


Year 1944 Tags , , ,

€ 2.250

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Brand Vintage Military Watches
Diameter 35 mm
Model Military
Bracelet/strap: NATO
Year of production (circa) 1944
Lug Width 18 mm
Material Steel
Set Content Watch only
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Black
Movement Hand-wound

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:

Buren: 11.000

Cyma: 20.000

Eterna: 5.000

Grana: 1.000-1.500

IWC: 6.000

JLC: 10.000

Lemania: 8.000

Longines: 5.000

Omega: 25.000

Record: 25.000

Timor: 13.000

Vertex: 15.000

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Vintage Military Watches


Year of production (circa)






Dial color





35 mm



Lug Width

18 mm

Set Content

Watch only