Finally, we get to Grana, the rarest of the Dirty Dozen, with an estimated 1000-5000 watches being produced to MoD specifications. Despite being branded Grana, the watches were actually made in the Certina factory (named Grana, short for Granacus, the Latin name of Grenchen where the brand was established). Read more
More than 140,000 watches were made and distributed to British soldiers, and somewhere down the line they earned the nickname the Dirty Dozen—after the 12 original watchmakers and the 1968 Charles Bronson Nazi revenge movie.
The CWC G10s are the most common British Military issued watch generally available today, with an estimated 200,000 being issued from 1980-2006.
Due to the rigours of military life, very strict specifications were set, and all in, twelve watch manufacturers were eventually accepted, resulting in the nickname 'The Dirty Dozen'. They were: Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Jaeger Le-Coultre, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor and Vertex.
By the 1960s Britain was swinging again, and the Ministry of Defence began the procurement of the most British of military issued watches, the Smiths W10. Smiths was a British industrial conglomerate, who had produced a variety of time keeping devices for British forces in WWII, an example of which is shown below.
Breitling have a rich heritage as a pioneer of pilots' watches and a long-standing partnership with the Royal Air Force. The watchmaker is one of the only watch brands in the world to equip all of its models with chronometer-certified movements developed in their workshops.
These marks are most typically words, initials, or symbols. ... Probably the most famous of these symbols is the pheon, or broad arrow, which has been used to mark property of the government (or Crown) in England and the United Kingdom as far back as the 17th century.
Lemania was a Swiss watch manufacturer and manufacturer of watch movements. It was founded in 1884 by Alfred Lugrin (1858-1920), who had trained at Jaeger-LeCoultre. ... In the course of a management buyout, Lemania separated from the SSIH Group in 1981 and changed its name to Nouvelle Lemania.
To this end, the Ministry of Defence consulted twelve Swiss watch brands to entrust them with this vital task: Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor and Vertex.
The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean XL 45.5 mm model ref. 2200.50. 00 is not only as cool as it is indestructible, but it was made exclusively for members of the SAS 22 regiment.
The seconds hand ticks away and hits the marks with average accuracy, but it doesn't really cause huge concern for me. Finally, with a 3, 6, 9 layout and minimal text, this is one of the coolest dive watch dials around—even the CWC logo is inconspicuous, minimal, and 100% utilitarian.
Col&MacArthur quartz 43mm watch - Royal Marines.
Jewels or gemstones were introduced in watch movements to reduce friction at points of heaviest wear and tear. When metal rubs against metal, and when oil meant for lubrication breaks down, the damage to pivots and bearings can be severe.
Boasting a heritage with such strong links to the Omega Speedmaster and Breguet, no wonder Lemania watches are now hugely desirable, especially its excellent chronographs.
Lemania famously made movements for several prestigious watch brands, but here are three beautiful chronographs from Lemania itself. Lemania as an independent company didn't survive the Quartz Crisis but is now under the Swatch Group's Breguet and continuing to produce movements.
The Zenith Special Pilot watches were used widely by many forces during the war, by both pilots and bombers alike. The Zenith Special came in many different configurations, but the distinct fixed lugs and knurled bezel make this an instant icon that almost anybody can recognize.
The military does issue watches but members can also use their own watch of choice as long as it has essential standards. So, what are standard issue military watches? In short, they must be durable and reliable.
The Royal Marines would appear to have sanctioned more watches than any other arm of the military, certainly from the UK. ... This watch features a 42mm brushed steel case coated in suitably military gun metal PVD. Power is provided by a Sellita SW200 COSC movement and is usefully water resistant to 600m.
To give you an idea of what we mean, a modern chronograph like the Rolex Daytona has 44 jewels; however there are behemoths like the IWC Il Destriero Scafusia which has a flying minutes tourbillon and boasts 76 jewels.
How much is the most expensive watch? The most expensive wristwatch is said to be worth $55 million and is called The Hallucination. Designed and made by Graff Diamonds, it features 110 carats of diamonds in a variety of colours, all set into a platinum bracelet.
A tourbillon is a mechanism that constantly rotates the balance wheel, balance spring and escapement while the movement is running. ... It is a French word that means whirlwind, which aptly describes it's motion. It is mesmerizing to watch the balance wheel oscillate at the same time it is turning 360 degrees.
For the US Marines, for example, "inconspicuous watches are authorized for wear in uniform," while the US Navy Uniform Regulations flatly state, "While in uniform, wristwatches shall be conservative and in good taste. Eccentric or faddish watches are not authorized." Eccentric or faddish watches are not authorized.