If you have any interest in vintage watches, and explicitly military-gave pieces, the terms ‘ Dirty Dozen ‘ and ‘WWW’ ought to be recognizable to you. Among the twelve brands that provided the British MoD (Ministry of Defense) with watches during WWII was Timor Watch Company… which was re-consolidated in the United Kingdom in 2019, considering something pretty cool. What’s more, the outcome is out today, with the Timor Heritage Field, a dedicated and open reissue of the ‘WWW’ field watch, presently dispatching on Kickstarter .
Reminder – the ‘Watch Wristlet Waterproof’ and the ‘Dirty Dozen’
While we’ve effectively covered the ‘Dirty Dozen’ subject on various events, explicitly since another brand (Vertex) chose to relaunch with current watches roused by the previous, a short update will assist you with understanding what Timor and the WWW are all about.
By World War II, the wristwatch was well and really settled as a fundamental piece of an honorable man’s day by day clothing. As you would expect, the wristwatch assumed a considerably more huge part in the Second World War than it did in the First. Furthermore, the Dirty Dozen is an ideal illustration of normalization because of a military specification.
In request to furnish its soldiers with a solid piece of hardware to be utilized in the field, the British Ministry of Defense (the MoD) set explicit models for how this watch should look and capacity. These included:
- Black dial with Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds at 6 o’clock and railroad-style minutes
- Luminous hour and moment hands in addition to glowing hour markers
- Movements with 15 gems, 11.75 to 13 ligne in diameter
- Shatterproof Perspex crystal
- Waterproof to the guidelines of the era
- Precision developments that must be managed to chronometer models in an assortment of conditions
- Rugged case fit for reducing the effect of shocks
- Water-safe crown of good size
This brought forth a watch named the W.W.W. for ‘Watch Wristlet Waterproof’, which could be found as an etching on the caseback. They were additionally needed to be engraved in three spots with the Broad Arrow or Pheon (which indicates property of the British Crown).
As a piece of its concise, the British MoD plainly specified that these watches were unequivocally implied for ‘General Service’. This didn’t imply that each fighter would be qualified for one; it was and unquestionably stays over-the-top to give a watch controlled to chronometer principles for each officer. With the term ‘General Service’ the British implied that these watches would be given to uncommon units and assignments separately like cannons individuals, staff individuals, specialists and work force of the Communications Corps.
At the time, British watch processing plants previously had their hands full with the assembling of weapons and weapons. Thus, demand officers were shipped off Switzerland to discover companies that could satisfy the request. Eventually, twelve companies would be chosen: Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor, and Vertex. Furthermore, this 12-company adventure gave the watches their epithet, the ‘Dirty Dozen’.
About Timor Watch COmpany
Among them was Timor, a company predominantly known for its interest in this creation. Timor Watch Company was established in 1923 by Mr Bernheim and Mr Luthy, in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Timor zeroed in on expertly testing each watch that left the plant. This center prompted Timor becoming an easily recognized name in Britain, Germany and France all through the 1930s. This standing was built up by the strapline: “Trust Timor, It’s Tested“.
By the mid 1940s, Timor began fabricating watches for the MoD, close by the 11 other Swiss companies. When harmony returned in Europe, Timor differentiated and began to make more popular dress watches however was in the long run influenced by the quartz emergency of the mid 1970s. In the mid 2000s, Timor was all the while recuperating from the quartz emergency. Under the new proprietor, Mr Bolzli, Timor figured out how to get by selling pocket watches at competitive prices.
In 2015, Timor quit fabricating pocket watches and pulled together on building watches devoted to Mr Bernheim and Mr Luthy’s unique thought, and following its reincorporation in the UK, the brand is going to deliver its first “not-so-new” watches.
The Timor Heritage Field
Now in 2020, Timor Watch Co. is in the groove again and has a reissue of the vintage WWW watch coming, named the Heritage Field. And keeping in mind that the activity isn’t that troublesome regarding plan, the brand has impartially worked effectively to keep the cost genuinely good, and not to modernize parts of the watch that shouldn’t be modernized. So, it checks all the crates for a vintage-propelled watch lover.
Let’s not discussion about what’s new and what has changed; the new Timor Heritage Field is a practically indistinguishable re-release of the vintage Timor WWW Field watch, and accordingly, it is one of the uncommon dependable remakes of a Dirty Dozen watch. There are other watches evoking the WWW, for sure, yet few are pretty much as reliable as this Timor.
First, the instance of the Timor Heritage Field WWW is a similar size as the first watch, with a 36.5mm breadth. The tallness of the case is additionally comparable to the MoD pieces, at about 11mm. Other measurements incorporate a sensible 45.5mm haul to-carry and 18mm drag width – all in accordance with the vintage model. Plan savvy, the extents are slightly unique, as the dial seems more modest and the bezel somewhat wider.
The case is made of 316L tempered steel, completed in a period-right, dab impacted surface. The crown is equitably larger than usual and the caseback is shut. The fundamental admission to advancement is the precious stone. It is produced using scratch-safe sapphire yet at the same time has an articulated dome.
The dial of the Timor Heritage Field is likewise an exceptionally exact entertainment of what was utilized in the WWW field watches. Clearly dark and matte, it includes a railroad minute track interspersed by iridescent spots and plots, just as pencil hands – both are loaded up with cream-hued Super-LumiNova. The Arabic numerals, commonplace of these watches, are painted in white and the first logos, including the MoD imprint (the expansive bolt), is additionally present. The lone (negligible) contrast to be noted is the situation of the little seconds sub-dial, which sits marginally higher on the dial.
Powering these watches are current developments – for sure, with the Timor Heritage Field, you’ll have the decision between a programmed and a hand-wound (the last being verifiably applicable, and accordingly recommended). All things considered, this is a pleasant detail for the individuals who may incline toward the comfort of a self-winding watch. The two types are given by Swiss development creator Sellita.
The first alternative is the Automatic Sellita SW260, a little seconds adaptation of the SW200 (itself a clone of the ETA 2824), later adjusted to eliminate the date work. This development runs at 4Hz and stores 38h of force save. The subsequent choice is the hand-wound Sellita SW216, a clone of the ETA 2801, again changed to eliminate the date work. This development runs at 4Hz and stores 42h of force save. In the two cases, these are straightforward, dependable and effectively functional movements.
The Timor Heritage Field is conveyed with two lashes. First is a cutting edge “seatbelt” NATO tie with steel equipment. Second is a verifiably applicable beige cotton lash propelled by the AF0210, which was conveyed by the MoD for military watches and compasses starting at 1945, and broadly utilized on watches from the Dirty Dozen.
Availability and Price
The Timor Heritage Field is dispatching today (20 February 2020) on Kickstarter. Watches are relied upon to be transported in November 2020. The value begins at GBP 650 (excessively timely risers) and the last retail cost will be GBP 950. More subtleties and Orders here, at Kickstarter .