Buren WWW

Buren WWW

Military issued wristwatches are one of the coolest subsets of vintage timepiece collecting, if for no other reason that they were built for exactly one reason- to kick ass. It's easy to forget in today's world of super precise digital timing and measurement, but a wristwatch was probably the most important tool you could have, whether you were on land, in the air, or at sea.

Fortunately for the modern collector, the world of vintage military watches is a wide one, with a variety of styles, functions and eras to choose from. Among our favorites are these, the so-called "Dirty Dozen." If you don't know the story, class is now in session.

These watches- stamped W.W.W. for "Watch, Wristlet, Waterproof"- had to meet strict standards set by the British Ministry of Defence during the early 1940's. The specs were these: black dial; Arabic numerals; luminous hands (radium); 15 jewel movement; and waterproof.

Twelve companies met these standards, and manufactured the watches that would be dubbed the "Dirty Dozen" and fascinate collectors for decades. They were: Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, JLC, Lemania, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor, Vertex, and Longines. The MoD continued to issue these pieces for many years after the war, and a great number likely saw action in conflicts around the globe.

This Buren has made it through the fire and wears its age proudly. As steel was hard to come by during the war, the case is chrome plated and has worn to a mellow, matte gray over the years. The original radium paint has been redone (you know, to keep wrist mutation to a minimum), but the black dial has developed a tremendous patina from age. The distinctive MoD "crow's foot" markings can be seen on the dial and caseback, a bold testament to its history and purpose.

All in all, this is a great example of an uncommon and entirely affordable vintage military watch with loads of history to boot!


Chrome plated case is approximately 36.5mm (excluding the crown). Buren Cal. 462 hand wound movement. Circa mid 1940's.

Overall condition: Case is in good condition over all, showing signs of wear consistent with age and use. Plating has aged to a matte silver color with very light brassing on the back side. Black dial is in excellent condition with even patination. Unsigned crown and steel screw down case back.  

Includes two 18mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.

SKU: TT01018

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