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Lot #1567

IWC Mark X WWW British Army Dirty Dozen

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Introduction

With the increasingly costly ongoing war that the world was wrapped up in, the British Ministry of Defence tasked 12 different watchmakers with supplying their armed forces with wristwatches as per their specifications in the early 1940s. This was done in a bid to provide their soldiers with as large a competitive advantage as possible. These specifications were that the watches had to feature a large black luminous dial with a sub-seconds dial, a 15 jewel movement, a level of waterproofing higher than standard, and a stainless steel case capable of decreasing the impact of shocks on the watch and its level of accuracy. The resulting 12 models were all relatively similar looking, with the IWC model, the Mark X, which we have here, standing as one of the rarer of the 12, with just 6000 pieces produced. With fixed soldered spring bars, W.W.W engraved on their casebacks for “Watch Wristlet Waterproof,” and with the Broad Arrow on their dial indicating that the watch is owned by the British Crown, these timepieces have become icons amongst collectors for their clear provenance and tangible link to the servicemen and women that wore them.

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Grade

V 8

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Watch Only

Est. value range

$4,000 – $8,000

The Details

Brand

IWC

Dimensions

35mm

Model

Mark X

Movement

Manual-wind cal. 83 12'''

Reference

WWW British Army 'Dirty Dozen'

Bracelet

Leather strap

Year

Circa 1945

Condition

Very good

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Watch only

Dial Color

Black

THE DIAL

With its Broad Arrow symbol at 12 o'clock and its signature legibility with radium dial and markers, this timepiece indicates that the British Crown owned it and that it was likely used in service during WWII.

THE CASEBACK

Featuring the W.W.W. engravig meaning "Watch Wristlet Waterproof," its Broad Arrow symbol, and its "M" number, which indicates that IWC produced it, this timepiece's status as a Dirty Dozen model is undeniable.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in overall very good condition. Case is worn but in remarkable condition considering the watch's military history. No major dings visible on the case. The caseback engravings are clear and crisp, as are the engravings inside the caseback. The radium on the dial and hands have aged to a greenish color and register high on a gieger counter.

Our Perspective

Incredibly iconic as part of the Dirty Dozen, and wonderfully collectible as one of the rarer models within those twelve timepieces, the IWC Mark X is one of the most legendary timepieces within IWC's historic catalog.

Justin Gruenberg

Co-founder

Lot # 1567

IWC Mark X WWW British Army Dirty Dozen

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$4,180

Ended
08/02/22