1940s Vertex "Dirty Dozen" Military Watch Cal. 59

In the 1940s Vertex 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 timepieces 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. 

Stock # VDD59
Brand Vertex
Style Military
Model Dirty Dozen
Serial 351XXXX
Size Men's
Material Brass/ Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black
Millimeters 36
Bracelet NATO Strap



The beautiful steel plated brass case has been previously polished and the brass is starting to show through on the sides of the case and bezel which makes for a very attractive aesthetic. The crown is believed to be the original to the watch. The stainless steel case back retains all of its original military markings 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 is very well preserved, showing bright printing and text throughout. The radium lume plots have aged to a dark golden coloration and show no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original hands have been restored with radium and match the watch's aesthetic nicely. 


None. The watch is keeping time, previous service history is unknown.