1940s Timor "Dirty Dozen" Military Watch Cal. 6060
In the 1940's Timor was one of the ‘Dirty Dozen’, which was a selection of 12 watch brands worn by WWII British soldiers. The 'Dirty Dozen' brands were commissioned by the British Ministry of Defense, which needed as many watches as possible produced for the British soldiers. Manufacturing capacity at the time allowed for roughly 145,000 watches to be produced. Approximately 13,000 of these time pieces were manufactured by Timor.
The arrow seen on the dial which is regularly seen on military watches, marks the watch as "crown property"; the British monarch's sovereign public estate which was considered neither government property nor part of the monarch's private estate.
The unpolished case retains its original bead blasted finishing, showing honest signs of wear. The case retains its original unmarked bead blasted crown. The caseback retains all of its original engravings in clear and visible condition. The W.W.W case back engraving stands for Watch, Wristlet, Waterproof. The watch comes outfitted with a nylon NATO strap.
The matte black dial itself remains in excellent condition and even in coloration. The chapter ring shows moderate degradation, specifically between the 5 o'clock and 6 o'clock position. Under U.V. light inspection the 3 o'clock lume plot shows significant degradation, the 12 o'clock, 5 o'clock, 7 o'clock, 8 o'clock show moderate degradation. The original hour and minute radium pencil hands have aged to an ivory coloration with some spotting but show no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The subsidiary sweep-seconds hand shows aging which is common.