Foundwell Vintage - Record British Military Wristwatch

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This watch from Record represents a rare opportunity to acquire a military watch commissioned especially for the British army in the 1940's. During World War II, Britain's Ministry of Defense commissioned a professional grade tool watch with strict specifications suited for the rigors of military duty. Only twelve firms met the requirements and have since been coined 'The Dirty Dozen.' Included were brands such as IWC, Omega, Longines, Jaeger-LeCoultre and more. 

Based on our research, approximately 25,000 units were made by Record, and about 145,000 military timepieces were made across all twelve brands. With each brand manufacturing a different volume, today's avid collectors have a difficult time completing a collection of all twelve pieces. Indeed, Grana, one of the twelve manufactured is estimated to have only made up to 5,000 pieces.


Dial: black

Caliber: cal. 022K mechanical, 15 jewels

Case: stainless steel, screw-down case back

Case number: 529'817, L11'970

Closure: associated nato strap with stainless steel buckle

Size: 36 mm diameter

Signed: dial and movement signed by maker, case with military specifications W.W.W.

Condition Notes:

Case: Case in fair condition with wear, scratches and some corrosion consistent with age and use. Bottom right area of the case with visible scratches and scuffing throughout. Back of upper lug marked 070.Case back with military arrow and "w.w.w."

Please note that the watch is accompanied by a green nato strap with steel buckle.

Dial: Dial is relumed. Visible wear and oxidation, especially to the hands. Some debris and surface spots.

Movement: Movement with wear and some surface scuffing.

The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.

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