Omega Dirty Dozen WWWBritish Army Issue Broad Arrow Vintage Military Watch / Cal.30T2 1940s Watch

This is Omega's British Army watch, commonly known as "WWW".

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Old but attractive watches: Omega's military watches

First, let me explain the specs.

Omega Military Watch Dirty Dozen British Army Watch

Brand: Omega Production period: 1940s Dial: Matte black Dial details: Broad arrow, Arabic index, rail minutes, screw back Case material: SS (stainless steel)
Case size: 35.0mm (excluding crown) / lug width 18.0mm
Movement: Cal.30T2 (hand-wound 30mm caliber)
Waterproof function: Non-waterproof

The price of this watch has gone up in recent years.

Until recently it was in the 300,000 yen range, but recently it seems to have risen to around 400,000 yen.

This series, also known as the Dirty Dozen, was supplied to the British Army by 12 manufacturers during World War II in the 1940s.

The British Ministry of Defence developed a standard for military wristwatches, called WWW (Watch, Wrist, and Waterproof).

The WWW is located on the case back along with the serial number and manufacturer code (in this case, Y for Omega).

Omega Military Watch British Army Dirty Dozen Case Back
Omega's Dirty Dozen watches are thought to have only been produced in quantities of around 25,000, and it's unclear how many of them still exist.

Therefore, when they end up in the hands of collectors, the numbers become fewer and the prices inevitably rise.

Regarding the price mentioned at the beginning, it's likely that the number of collectors has increased compared to the past, but I also think that the price has risen due to fewer items coming onto the market as collectors are refusing to part with them.

There is some peeling in the upper left corner of the Omega logo, but overall it has a very good appearance, and the strength with which it has survived this long is what makes it so appealing.

The luminous paint on the numbers has almost completely died, but the luminous paint on the hands is still there.

The case shows signs of age, but the engraving on the back cover is still intact and it is in good condition considering it is nearly 80 years old.

There is a small spot on the back cover, but this is also a result of the manufacturing techniques used at the time.

What's great about it is that it has a large crown despite the case size being 35mm.

The large crown is intentionally designed to be large so that army soldiers can turn it even while wearing gloves.

The movement is equipped with the Cal.30T2, a representative movement of the hand-wound Cal.30 series.

Omega Military Watch British Army Issue Movement Cal.30T2

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This is an excellent movement built with an emphasis on precision, and is a classic caliber in Omega's watch history.

It is not a spring bar type but a wire lug type.

This is to prevent the watch from coming off the spring bar when the wrist is suddenly strained during combat.

This means that you can attach a NATO strap or an open-ended leather strap.

Omega Military Watch Dirty Dozen British Army Watch