During World War II the British ministery of defence (MoD) placed an order for custom built wristwatches with special demands.
The watches need to be durable and reliable, they need to have a black dial, luminous hands and markers. They need to have a 15 jewel movement with specific measurements, twelve companies could deliver these watches. There companies were: Longines, Omega, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Lemania, Timor, Buren, Cyma, Grana, Eterna, Timor and Vertex.
Because of the twelve slightly different watches these were called the “Dirty Dozen” among collectors.
This particular watch is the Longines with the 12.68Z movement and the stepped 38mm diameter case, because of the stepped case and 38mm case and cathedral hands the Longines is for most collectors the most favorite piece of the “Dirty Dozen”. Only 8000 of this stainless steel beauty are produced during World War II. The Watch Photography of this beautiful Longines is done for WatchWorks Haarlem.