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The Longines W.W.W. is part of a collective of twelve brands, affectionately known as the 'Dirty Dozen', that produced watches for the British Ministry of Defence during the tail-end of World War II.
W.W.W. was a designation by the British Ministry of Defence to classify the group of watches commissioned in 1944. The acronym stood for 'Watch, Wrist, Waterproof'. They were intended to be issued to ground personnel in the British Army, and as such had to follow strict specifications, notably the need for it to be waterproofed, luminous with a black dial and Arabic numerals, and the movement regulated to a chronometer level.
The Longines is the second rarest of these watches after the Grana, with an estimated production of 5,000 pieces.
This particular example is a fantastic original, with all of the parts correct to the watch. The 37.5mm sizing of the watch contributes to the desirability of this Longines, as it was one of the biggest of the dozen. This, coupled with the characteristically stepped case, makes a fantastic watch, that wears well in a modern context.
This Longines retains its original dial, with its luminous material aged to a very nice orange patina, matching the lumes of the cathedral hands perfectly. Additionally, the screw down case back of this watch is engraved with its associated numbers, broad arrow, and the W.W.W. designation. Furthermore, this rare example exhibits matching serial numbers on the reverse of the right lug and case back (ref. 45XX); frequently separated during routine maintenance and servicing.
Inside this Longines W.W.W. is the famous calibre 12.68Z, an incredibly high-quality movement that - as mentioned above - is also chronometer graded. Having recently been serviced, it is performing at its best.
As with almost every example, the radium on the dial and hands has been removed at some time in the past. This has subsequently been replaced with tritium, sensitively colour-corrected to match age.
Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
W.W.W. 'Dirty Dozen' British military - Ref. F 8226
time-only: hours, minutes, sub-seconds
original dial, Cathedral hands
37.5 mm stainless steel
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This stainless steel, military Longines W.W.W. wristwatch (Ref. F 8226) has just been serviced and has perfect mechanical functionality. It is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year mechanical warranty from A Collected Man.
We stand by the quality of all of our pre-owned watches and mechanical objects. If something goes wrong, we’ll always strive to remedy the situation in a timely manner and to the best of our ability. The satisfaction and trust of our clients is of the highest importance, to everyone at A Collected Man.
All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough, non-invasive mechanical inspections and have been serviced, if appropriate, to ensure that they meet our highest standards of timekeeping and functionality.
Our pre-owned watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by either a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. This excludes any damage sustained due to improper use or accident. Due to their age, some pre-owned watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when new.
Any of our pre-owned watches which have been serviced by their respective manufacturer, will carry the manufacturer’s servicing guarantee. This is separate and supersedes, the standard warranty offered by A Collected Man. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. You can write to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, for further clarification.
A Collected Man is also an authorised retailer for a number of watchmaking brands. These watches are covered by the warranty from the original manufacturer.
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