We are back again with another watch review, this time we have something special and vintage. This watch is more then 70 years old by now and still in reasonably good condition.
Thanks to W.W.W. – Watches Wristlet Waterproof I was able to get some background information on this watch. The watch is not mine but was given to me to made a review about.
I am a big fan of military watches myself but never had the possibility to review such a rare and vintage watch.
Video review of the Lemania W.W.W vintage british military -Cal A27 watch.
In the early 1940s the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) put out a specification set for military watches that it wanted to supply its troops with. The companies that produced a watch that met these specifications and that the MoD accepted were: Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, JLC, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor and Vertex. This page is an attempt to collect information about these watches.
Amoung the common features of these watches is the engraving of “W.W.W.” (for Watches Wristlet Waterproof) on the outside case back of the watch. (Although by today’s standards, one wouldn’t consider these waterproof.)
At various internet sites these watches are either refered to as W.W.W (or WWW) watches or also (less often) as Mark X watches. Sometimes, depending on the user or context, the IWC WWW is refered to as the Mark X only.
On the outside caseback of all WWWs there is a (Vocabulary) letter (not necessarily unique) associated with each brand. See the table below for the letter for each brand.
All of these watches, except for IWC, are screw back cases. The IWC is snap back.