This is one of the best original Matching Number examples of this British Army Military wristwatch from WW2 made by Record (later Longines) that we have ever seen. It is relatively rare, with only an estimated 25,000 produced during WW2.
The original radium dial has the British military Broadarrow on it and is in superb condition.
The case-back has WWW (standing for “Watch Wrist-let Waterproof”) and Military Issue Numbers, L31988 on the case-back. In many instances, the case-backs of these military watches were switched during servicing but not here as the last three digits of this number, 988, are also present stamped on the back of one of the case lugs. This shows that this watch has retained its integrity and this caseback originally belonged to this watch! This is very rare to see.
Original large military winding crown. One of the so-called “Dirty Dozen” twelve models of wristwatches officially issued to the British Army during WW2. In the 1940s the British Ministry of Defence produced a standard specification for watches to be issued to the armed forces and these were made by Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Jaeger Le Coultre, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor and Vertex. This is one of the nicest examples of the Record military issue wristwatches that you will see and very rare to find with matching last three military issue Numbers also stamped on the back of one of the lugs.
In summary, a really superb example of one of the so-called “Dirty Dozen” twelve watches issued to the British army during WW2, this Record is easily one of the best original examples that we have seen of this collectable military watch.