Longines - WWW Dirty Dozen military British Army "Greenlander"
Longines - WWW Dirty Dozen military British Army "Greenlander"
Longines - WWW Dirty Dozen military British Army "Greenlander"
Longines - WWW Dirty Dozen military British Army "Greenlander"
Longines - WWW Dirty Dozen military British Army "Greenlander"
Longines - WWW Dirty Dozen military British Army "Greenlander"

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Longines - WWW Dirty Dozen military British Army "Greenlander"


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Longines WWW one of the rare "Dirty Dozen" military British Army watch. It is also called "Greenlander". Stainless steel case approximately 38mm (excluding crown). Longines manual-wind Cal.12.687 movement. Circa 1945.
It is in excellent overall condition, with its original Radium (still there) dial. The case back is stamped with the model number "23088" and "2056" digits which matches on the lug, F5780 correct letter for Longines. Already rare, overall  in excellent condition, showing only slight signs of light use and wear in keeping with its age. 

During the last half of 1945, the British Ministry of Defence mandated new standards for watches intended for military issue. Twelve companies met these standards and manufactured the watches that would be dubbed the "Dirty Dozen" and fascinate collectors for decades. They were: Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, JLC, Lemania, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor, Vertex, and Longines. Of all these, only Longines produced a watch with shock-protection. 

Collectors have given the Longines Reference 23088 the nickname "Greenlander" due to its purported involvement in the 1952-54 British North Greenland Expedition. This was recently proven to be false (much like the "Steve McQueen Explorer"). But even though the "Greenlander" never made it to Greenland, many Longines did in fact make it on other expeditions in extreme cold weather conditions. So when you consider that these watches were meant to go to war, this fact doesn't take away anything from the watch's lineage. Whether worn in war or on an expedition in the farthest reaches of the Arctic, the "Greenlander" was meant to withstand it all. Comes with 18mm leather Nato-style strap and two 18mm nylon strap.

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