Eaglemoss Military Watches Collection.

Issue 38 - 1940s British Soldier

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Necessity is the driving force behind many advancements in technology, and War is often the cause of that necessity.
Advancements in materials and manufacture, alongside the constant extreme field testing that combat creates, had lead to the development of new fuels, firearms and vehicles.
A new standard for a Waterproof Wrist Watch, WWW, was required by the British Military, and 12 Swiss watch suppliers, including IWC, began delivery in May/June of 1945.
These watches were issued to key staff where accurate timekeeping was essential, radio operators, Artillery staff and engineers.

Polished 35.8mm case, 38.6mm with crown, 42.6mm lug to lug, 8.1mm deep.
Case back engraved with description of the watch. 30.8mm flat glass. 32.2mm interior aperture.
31.4mm black dial with white minute scale at outer edge. Yellow printed dot marks at 5 minute intervals. Hours indicated by white Arabic numbers.
Steel sword shaped hours and minutes hands, with chevron bars and yellow paint. Slim straight seconds hand.
Hands are not luminous
18mm grey nylon webbing strap with polished buckle.

The yellow is probably to mimic aged luminous paint, the hand design and dial texture give this watch a slightly improved look.

The original design would have had a 6o’clock seconds sub dial, I’ll leave that comment there.
This would probably look very good on an IWC NATO.
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