Manufacturers of High Quality Military Watches Since 1974

MWC 1940s/1950s "Dirty Dozen" Pattern General Service Watch with 21 Jewel Automatic Movement

£239.00 GBP


Product Details

SKU Code: W10/445-2022

This automatic self-winding MWC military watch features a classic 1940s/1950s design with a small subsidiary dial second hand, reminiscent of the typical watches used by British forces from the 1940s through the 1950s. While retaining the original acrylic crystal, this watch upgrades the hand-winding mechanical movement to a self-winding automatic, which can also be manually wound if needed. This combination ensures the watch maintains its vintage appearance while offering modern functionality for everyday use.

The watch boasts a heavy stainless steel satin finish case made from Military Grade 316L stainless steel. It includes a subsidiary dial second hand, a hacking function, a black dial, and luminous markings. The historically accurate canvas strap used in the 1940s and 50s adds to its authenticity.

Key Features:

  • Authentic Design: Based on the classic military watches of the British forces from the 1940s and 50s.
  • Modern Upgrades: Upgraded to a self-winding automatic movement that can also be manually wound.
  • High-Quality Materials: Heavy stainless steel satin finish case made from Military Grade 316L stainless steel.
  • Historical Accuracy: Includes a historically accurate canvas strap.


  • Case Diameter: 36.5 mm excluding crown, 39 mm including 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: 316L stainless steel
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM (50 m)**
  • Movement: 21 Jewel Automatic
  • Glass: Plexiglass / Perspex
  • Luminous Material: Luminova
  • Serial Number: Engraved on caseback
  • Strap: 18 mm 1950s Pattern Canvas
  • Packaging: Supplied in a box
  • Guarantee: 24 Months

The final image shows the original 12 watches made by companies such as Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Jaeger Le-Coultre, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor, and Vertex. While MWC was not a manufacturer at the time, having been founded in 1974, this watch captures the spirit of the originals.*

Additional Information:

For details on water resistance ratings, visit Water Resistance.

* Photo Credit: Watches Of Knightsbridge

** For details of water resistance ratings etc go to Water Resistance

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

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