During the Second World War, the UK purchased around 200,000 WWW watches for the Army, these are the so called ‘Dirty Dozen’ made by such famed Swiss makers as JLC, IWC, Omega & Longines; they were also ordered from such minor players as Cyma and Buren, in a desperate attempt to make up the numbers. And this watch comes from another of those minor players, Record who made around 25,000 watches for the British army. But this isn’t one of them, although it uses the same movement. This one was made for the German army (Dienstuhr Heer), which explains the DH markings on the case back. Although the Germans ordered many more watches than the British, it seems that fewer of them have survived and those that have seem to have suffered rather more abuse than the WWWs have experienced
The movement is Record’s classic 30mm cal 022K, with 15 jewels and is unnumbered, but unlike the British watches it has Incabloc shock protection on the balance.
The case is numbered 436875 with the letters D & H bookending the number, the screwed case back is also stamped with the word ‘Stahlboden’, meaning steel back; but as far as I can tell the entire case is stainless steel. The inside case back is completely blank.
The original matt black dial has full Arabic numerals with luminous paint on all of them, although much of the luminous paint has now discoloured to black and the steel pencil hands with needle tips also have luminous infill. It has a small subsidiary seconds dial with a polished steel seconds hand. The dial is signed “Record Watch Co” in gilt print under the 12 and immediately below is the word “Genf” (German for Geneva).
The case is 90% and the movement and dial are both 90+%.
The watch measures 34mm Diam, 41mm lug to lug and is 11mm high; it takes an 18mm strap and a new NATO strap is fitted to the watch.
£750.00 (approx.$995.00 US)