Eterna W.W.W. "Dirty Dozen"

Sale price$4,375.00

What We Fancy

Watch, Wrist, Waterproof. This was the code established by the British Army to distinguish these from all other military equipment. The MoD (Ministry of Defense) required each wristwatch to be waterproof, luminous, chronometer regulated & a hardy case. Like most other military watches, these had to have black dials, Arabic numerals & subsidiary seconds for maximum legibility. All 12 of the Dirty Dozen were ordered by the MoD during WWII & delivered roughly 145,000 of them in 1945. The Eterna is the second rarest of the bunch with only 5,000 delivered making it very very difficult to find.

Brand: Eterna.

Model: W.W.W. for the Ministry of Defense ref. P 4046

Case: 36mm wide (excluding crown), all stainless steel, steel screw-down case back, unsigned crown, mineral crystal, fixed lugs, serial 311xxxx

Movement: caliber 520 H, manual winding, recently serviced

Bracelet/ Strap: Black single pass nato, 18mm lug width

Features: White Arabic hour markers, dagger handset, subsidiary seconds, screw-down case back, mineral crystal, later service dial, replaced tritium lume, circa 1945

Box & Papers: No

Condition: In overall very good condition. The dial is a later replacement that was very common for Eterna to do. Instead of replacing just the radium lume with tritium, they simply just replaced the entire dial and filled in the hands. The case is very good having no major scratches or dents. The crown is a later replacement. The movement has been serviced and keeps accurate time when tested.

Backed by our one-year repair warranty. Accompanied by a free Suede Travel Pouch.