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Maker: Eterna
Year: 1940s
Model: c1943 Rare "Dirty Dozen" WW2 British Army Officers Wristwatch with WWW Broadarrow Military Issue Markings on Caseback Fixed Bar Military Lugs and Orignal Military Crown Very Rare Orignal Radium Dial
Movement: Eterna Signed Manual Winding Cal.520 Movement Numbered 3093823 with Original Dust Cover Present
Case: Stianless Steel Screw-Back Case with Military Issue Markings WWW P3705 3112033
Dial: Original British MoD Dial Signed Eterna Swiss Made with Broadarrow and Subsidiary Seconds at 6 Original Matching Lume on Hands and Hour Plots
Band: NATO
Our Ref: 1943 Eterna WWW British Military Wristwatc
Diameter: 36 (ex crown) mm
Height: 11.5 mm
Lug to Lug: 45 mm
Band Width: 18 mm

This is probably the second rarest (after the Grana) of the so-called "Dirty Dozen" WW2 military watches. During World War II, the British Ministry of Defence needed watches to issue to army personnel with very strict specifications, twelve watch manufacturers were eventually accepted, resulting in the nickname "The Dirty Dozen". They were: Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Jaeger Le-Coultre, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor and Vertex. These were all delivered in 1945 and accompanied by a pigskin or canvas strap. 5000 Eternas were produced, one of the smallest runs. More formally, these watches were known as W.W.Ws, a code established by the British Army to distinguish these from other military equipment and it simply stood for Wrist. Watch .Waterproof. The MoD specs were exactly what you would expect a military watch to be - waterproof, luminous, regulated to chronometer level and composed of a case that was rugged. Two serial numbers were required, one being the manufacturers number, and the other (with the letter) being the military store number. On top of that, the dial needed to be black, with Arabic numerals and sub seconds in order to maximise legibility. The case-back had to include the W.W.W designation and a broad arrow marking, with the dial only displaying the latter. The broad arrow frequently seen on military dials and case backs is the traditional marking for Crown property.

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