IWC WWW (1945)

£ 4,950

This is a British Army issued IWC watch from 1945, produced by the celebrated International Watch Company (IWC).

Towards the end of the second world war, the British Ministry of Defence developed a specification for a military issue wristwatches. The specification is referred to as W.W.W., an acronym which stands for Watch, Wristlet (i.e. not a pocket watch) and Waterproof. W.W.W. is marked on the case back along with the serial number of the particular watch (17105) and the manufacturer code (M for IWC).

In all there were 12 different manufacturers who produced watches to this specification for the MoD, collectively they are referred to as “The Dirty Dozen”, there’s an excellent introduction to these watches here:

The IWC version of the WWW is probably the most desirable of the WWW, the calibre 83 movement was regulated to chronometer standard and embodies the highest quality that mid century Swiss watch making aspired to.  The watch is in great condition (by no means a given for a military issued wristwatch). The dial and hands are all original and in excellent condition. The watch has been serviced and is running well and keeping excellent time.

All in all a handsome watch in excellent condition, which given that IWC continue to produce new designs that reference this model, represents a sound investment.

You are welcome to come and view this watch at our Oxo Tower shop, however you will need to call ahead as the watch is not stored on site.


Case diameter (excluding winding crown): 35mm
Case material: stainless steel
strap width: 18mm
time keeping: grade A

We aim to dispatch all orders placed before 12pm (GMT), on the same day working day. Where this isn't possible, we will try to inform you via email as soon as possible.

When your order is dispatched you will be emailed the tracking details.

Please allow extra processing time for watches with a customised engraving or strap, during busy sales periods this can take an extra 3-7 working days.

If you are in a hurry for your watch, please email us.

Shipping guide for watches:

UK: FREE next working day delivery with DPD
United States & Canada: FREE Fedex shipping, 1-2 working days

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Clocks, straps, bags (unless purchased with a watch): 

Free Royal Mail shipping, 5-14 working days (depending on location)

Please note, during busy sale periods dispatch may take a little longer (this is quite rare). These delivery times are a guide based on the DPD, Fedex and Royal Mail terms of service, products may, in some unusual cases take longer to arrive. If this happens, please get in touch. 

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