Without a doubt one of the rarest and most desirable of all the variety of watches supplied to the British & Commonwealth forces during WW II. The JLC calibre 479 WWW was supplied to soldiers in the Armies of the British Empire towards the end of WWII, it was NOT a pilot’s watch.
The nomenclature “WWW” stands for “Wrist Watch, Waterproof” and the Jaeger, like all the WWW watches (except the IWC) has a steel screw back
It uses the Jaeger cal 479 movement, which has 15 jewels (the majority of which are held in chatons), Geneva stripes, gilt finish and bears the number 322648, it has exposed winding wheels & click spring and no shock protection on the balance staff.
The heavy case has a slim bezel and a glass that screws in from the back to provide a dustproof seal. The caseback is numbered 294165 and like all the Australian issue WWW watches, does not have the WWW caseback markings.
The original dial is matt black with full Arabic numerals in white paint; there is an outer railway style minutes track, UK Govt. Arrowhead above the centre post and a huge subsidiary seconds dial at 6. The luminous dots have swollen and darkened due to the absorption of moisture from the atmosphere, as is normal for watches of this period. This is without a doubt the cleanest & nicest dial I have ever had on the dozen or more Jaeger WWW watches that I have owned over the years, as they have a tendency to lose their luminous dots over time.
The watch has just been cleaned, serviced & timed and is running perfectly.
The dial & movement are both 95+% and the case is 90%
The watch measures 35mm Diam, 45mm lug to lug, it is 10mm high and takes an 18mm strap and is on a period khaki coloured cloth strap.
£1,950.00 (approx $3,050.00 US)