CYMA WWW Watch Dirty Dozen Steel Vintage
Our Vintage CYMA WWW Watch is part of the military watch collection known as the “Dirty Dozen”. A Swiss watch supplied to the MOD in the mid 1940’s providing British soldiers a reliable robust timepiece. The Cyma is one of the most popular of the “dozen” with a case size of 38mm wide by almost 45mm long. Meaning it’s one of the larger military issue watches and still wears very well today. It has a distinctive “dirty dozen” black dial with Arabic numeral hour markers and a sub-seconds dial at six o’clock. It has a 6.6mm wide steel crown, allowing for easy to grip and winding. The movement is the Cyma caliber 234, a 15-jewel manual wind movement.
The watch is in good condition for its age with excellent even patina to the dial and hands. It comes on a NATO strap and supplied in a ROSH Jewellers presentation box.
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Details – CYMA WWW Watch Dirty Dozen Steel Vintage
- Brand: Cyma
- Model: Caliber 234
- Year: 1940’s
- Box: ROSH Jewellers Presentation Box
- Papers: No
- Style: Gents
- Movement: Hand Wound Mechanical
- Case Size: 38mm (not including crown)
- Case Material: Steel
- Bracelet: NATO Strap
- Dial: Black
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Dirty Dozen – The Story
The Dirty Dozen; a film from the 60’s following 12 fictional soldiers throughout the Second World War and their misadventures along the way. It has also become the name associated, by avid watch collectors, to the group of twelve watches worn by soldiers who fought in the Second World War. More specifically, British soldiers.
A request was submitted by the Ministry of Defence during World War II for custom built, Swiss manufactured, wristwatch to be produced. These watches had to be suitable for the needs of the British soldiers. Along with the request were various specific requirements the watch must follow. They needed to be accurate, reliable and durable. Meaning they had to be regulated to chronometer standards, waterproof and shockproof.
As with our CYMA WWW watch, the watches had to have a black dial, Arabic numerals, luminous hour and minute hands, luminous hour markers, a railroad minute track, a shatterproof crystal, and a stainless-steel case. As well as powered by a 15-jewel movements, measuring between 11.75 and 13 lignes.
Twelve watch companies presented watches which matched this brief. These were; Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor, and Vertex. So was born the Dirty Dozen. More formally, these watches were known as W.W.Ws, a code established by the British Army to distinguish these from other military equipment. Watch. Wrist. Waterproof.
They were commissioned by the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) during World War II, and while they may not be as highly rated as other military watches, they have become some of the most collectable of military and watch collectors.
CYMA WWW Watch
CYMA WWW Watch models are particularly desirable, as they utilized quality steel for their version, despite the shortage caused by the war efforts going on around them. Other brands had to make their cases from lesser metals, meaning many of them haven’t held up in the subsequent decades. Their relative abundance has kept their market values from skyrocketing, but as with any vintage watch, finding one in good condition is key.