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MWC 1940s/1950s "Dirty Dozen" Pattern General Service Watch with Retro Luminous Paint and 17 Jewel Hand Wound Mechanical Movement



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SKU Code: DD/01/AU/2/HW

This recreation of a "Dirty Dozen: type watch is based on the original 1940s/1950s watches and has a 17 jewel hand wound mechanical movement with around 36 hour power reserve.

This watch has a heavy stainless steel satin finish case made from Military Grade 316L stainless steel, subsidiary dial, hacking function, black dial and luminous markings. The watch also has a historically accurate canvas strap as used in the 1940s and 50s.

The final image shows the original 12 watches which were made by 12 companies, Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Jaeger Le-Coultre, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor and Vertex, MWC were not a manufacturer at this time having been founded in 1974 but this watch is very much in the spirit of the originals**


  • Case Diameter: 36.5 mm exc crown, 39 mm incl crown
  • Lug to Lug 43 mm
  • Thickness 13.5 mm
  • Lug Type: Solid fixed strap bars
  • Dial Colour: Black 

  • Case Material: 316L stainless steel
  • Caseback: 316L stainless steel

  • Crown: Screw Down Locking Crown / 316L stainless steel

  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM (50 m)*
  • Movement: 17 Jewel Handwound with 36 hour power reserve
  • Glass: Plexiglass / Perspex

  • Luminous Material: Luminova
  • Serial number on caseback
  • Strap: 18 mm 1950s Pattern Canvas 
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* For details of water resistance ratings etc go to Water Resistance

** Photo Credit: Watches Of Knightsbridge

For anyone interested in the history of the Dirty Dozen these links show the 12 original watches and explain the history.

The Dirty Dozen 1

The Dirty Dozen 2

The Dirty Dozen 3



With a hand-wound watch, you can either wind it when it is still running or when it has completely run down, it is advisable to take it off the wrist when winding to avoid stress on the crown. The most important thing to remember, though, with a mechanical watch is not to overwind it. Stop winding as soon as you feel resistance on the crown. If you overwind it, you could damage or even break the mainspring.

Adhering to the recommended winding procedures ensures the longevity and proper functioning of the timepiece. To clarify, overwinding occurs when a mechanism is wound beyond its designated stopping point, posing the risk of damage or even destruction of the winding mechanism. It's important to note that overwinding is a concern primarily for manually-wound watches, not for their automatic watches which cannot be overwound.

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