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  1. All of the WWWs are from 1945. As far as is known all 12 manufacturers simultaneously started to deliver in May or June 1945 (just in time to miss WW2), and after December 1945 there were no more deliveries. The markings mean the following: W.W.W. Means Watch, Wrist (originally Wristlet) & Waterproof in that order. L28181 is the military serial number. The prefix of L denotes that, of the 12 manufacturers, that this is a Record. 546028 is the civilian serial number. The civilian serial number on 10 of the 12 manufacturers is related to the military serial number. In the case of the Record, if you subtract the military serial number from the civilian serial number you get either 517847 or 518047. In your case it is the former. There is also usually a 3 digit number on one of the lugs, being the last 3 digits of the military serial number. In your case 181. It wouldn’t surprise me if the number doesn’t match because case backs often got switched during servicing. Approximately 25,000 Record watches were produced, making it the equal most prevalent along with the Omega.
  2. That’s easy. All of the WWW’s are from a single year…1945. Your IWC has had it’s original Radium dial changed at a later date, to a Tritium-lumed one(hence the circled ‘T’). It has the watch’s NATO stock number on the dial, hence it’s called the ‘NATO dial’
  3. Love Vintage Certina. Under-rated. I've got a couple of their divers:
  4. You're talking IWC mark xi? Mark xi has cal. 89 movement & that looks like one. Can we see the dial?
  5. I'm not sure that dial is correct for an Omega WWW. It's not an "original" dial & I also don't think it's a MoD redial. As far as I know the A in Omega should always be flat-topped. The numerals & pheon are also wrong. Do you think it's been redialed or refinished?
  6. Full set plus NATO dialed Record and Freshly Dug Longines
  7. Photo of full set to come when I can get a decent shot of them all together. In the meantime; It can be a dilemma knowing which one to wear, so my 8 year old son demonstrates a neat solution:
  8. Last & by no means least the Grana WWW. This is the rarest of the WWW's, the most difficult to find...& the most expensive. My example is rather nice.
  9. I just have these 3 issued RAF watches: 1948 IWC Mark XI 6B/346 1940 6B/159 Longines Weems. These were issued to pilots & navigators & featured a moveable outer bezel which is set to the second hand to enable calculation of longitude & aid navigation. This was in the days before the hacking feature was introduced whereby the second hand can be stopped by pulling out the crown & restarted by pushing it back in, thereby allowing the watch to be synchronised to the exact time: 1963 Lemania Series 3 Monopusher:
  10. Probably the easiest of the WWW's to find. 25,000 were made which was the highest number of the 12 brands, equalled only by the numbers of the Omega. I found it hard to get a good example of the Omega though, due partly to the fact that there are few good original-dialed examples for sale. Also the Omega seems to be faked or have poorly refinished dials more than any of the others so you have to be careful what you buy.
  11. Going back to the Longines, one of my two has an interesting history. The watch was dug up in a field in Wales by somebody using a metal detector. It must have been lying there for many a year. Judging by the lack of tool marks on the back, I suspect that it has probably spent nearly all of it's life in the Welsh mud. The watch was expertly brought back to life by the legend that is John Senior, sadly now retired. The story is detailed in this thread http://www.mwrforum.net/forums/showthread.php?74710-Longines-WWW-freshly-dug-! The photo below was taken when I took the watch back to Wales. i like to wear this one more than all the others. I think it deserves to see the light of day after all it's years spent in darkness.
  12. Buren WWW. This had no lume on the hands when I bought it so I had them relumed by John Senior. There is some brassing to the case, one of the issues of a chrome plated case & 73 years of use.
  13. Cyma WWW. This watch has the largest diameter case of the twelve at 38mm. That & the stainless steel case, along with it being one of the cheaper WWW's make it probably the one to go for.....first :-)
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