MWC 1940s/1950s "Dirty Dozen" Pattern General Service Watch with Retro Lume and 21 Jewel Automatic Movement Might Need a Checkover
This watch is a DD/01/AU/2 below is a full description of this particular watch and the issues which it has (or is reported to have because in many cases the watches do not have significant issues, below that is the full information relating to this model from the factory website which gives full details of all of the dimensions, specification and other information relating to the watch.
We buy these watches from various defence auctions and other disposal sales and it's frequently the case that we find that there is actually nothing wrong with the watch but it has to be assumed it will have some form of fault though in most cases it's very minor or as described below. These watches are disposed of at low-cost because we find that one of the problems is pressure of time for our service staff in the UK and elsewhere and in most cases, they have given them a quick check over and nothing is immediately apparent though we have to assume that there is either no real fault with the watch or something will reveal itself over time in which case it’s normally a simple case of a service, repair or battery exchange depending on the exact model
Condition: Looks Brand New - One of Several Pre-Production Samples made for photographic purposes but the watches are identical to the current production models.
Fault: Running Fine and No-Fault Immediately apparent but a note with the watches we obtained said "check over" so it seems possible a minor adjustment is potentially needed but we can't bring up any issues during a quick inspection and it ran when we wound it and was still running fine two hours later.
SKU Code: DD/01/AU/2
This automatic self-winding classic 1940s/1950s pattern MWC military watch with a small subsidiary dial second hand is based on the typical designs used by the British forces from the 1940s through to the 1950s, it retains the acrylic crystal as used on the original watches although the original hand-winding mechanical movement is upgraded to a self-winding automatic which can also be manually wound if required. The watch offers the benefit of retaining the original outward appearance whilst having the advantage of a few discreet updates to improve its suitability for use on a day-to-day basis.
This watch has a heavy stainless steel satin finish case made from Military Grade 316L stainless steel, subsidiary dial second hand, hacking function, black dial and luminous markings. The watch also has a historically accurate canvas strap as used in the 1940s and 50s.
The final image shows the original 12 watches which were made by 12 companies, Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Jaeger Le-Coultre, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor, and Vertex, MWC were not a manufacturer at this time having been founded in 1974 but this watch is very much in the spirit of the originals**
- Case Diameter: 36.5 mm exc crown, 39mm incl crown
- Lug to Lug 48 mm
- Thickness 13.5 mm
- Dial Colour: Black
- Case Material: 316L stainless steel
- Caseback: 316L stainless steel
- Crown: 316L stainless steel
- Water Resistance: 3 atm (30m)*
- Movement: 21 Jewel Automatic
- Glass: Plexiglass / Perspex
- Luminous Material: Luminova
- Serial number on caseback
- Strap: 18mm 1950s Pattern Canvas
- Supplied in a box
* For details of water resistance ratings etc go to Water Resistance
** Photo Credit: Watches Of Knightsbridge
For anyone interested in the history of the Dirty Dozen these links show the 12 original watches and explain the history.