Scottish auctioneers puts ‘dirty dozen’ of World War II watchmakers’ pieces up for sale

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McTears Auctioneers in Glasgow is hosting a sale dedicated entirely to watches with a military history next month.

The firm hopes that the online auction will draw a world-wide audience of collectors thanks to the specialisation, rarity and vast number of items being offered.

Twelve watch manufacturers were selected during Second World to make watches specifically for military use and McTears has secured pieces from all twelve of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ manufacturers.

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“Included in our sale, we have an example of the rarest and by far the most sought after military watch to be made – Grana. With only around 1,000 – 5,000 of these items commissioned from of the MOD, these are the most collectable military watches as they rarely come up for sale and they are usually the missing piece from a collectors ‘Dirty Dozen’,” a McTears spokesperson says.

“Our auction is currently open for entries and we would encourage anyone with a watch that has a broad arrow either on the dial or caseback of the watch to get in touch with us for more information,” the company adds.

This sale will take place on the 19th of September at 11.30am at McTears Auctioneers in Glasgow.

Key lots include:

Lot 781 – GENTLEMAN’S RARE GRANA MILITARY ISSUE STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL WIND WRIST WATCH

KF320 calibre movement, the round black dial with Arabic numerals in white, sunken subsidiary seconds at 6, outer seconds track in white, dot hour markers, luminous pencil hands, the 37mm case with W.W.W and M18394 engraved to the reverse exterior, lacking crown, lacking strap, lacking box and papers  £1500 – £2500

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Lot 768 – GENTLEMAN’S IWC MILITARY ISSUE STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL WIND WRIST WATCH

mark X, calibre 83 movement, serial number 1091356, the round black dial with Arab numerals in white, narrow subsidiary seconds at 6, outer seconds track in white, raised dot hour markers, the 34mm case with broad arrow thus /I\ and W.W.W, M13326 engraved to the reverse exterior, lacking crown, lacking strap, lacking box and papers £1800 – £2500

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Lot 752 – GENTLEMAN’S OMEGA MILITARY ISSUE STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL WIND WRIST WATCH

283 movement, serial number 12908739, the round black dial with Arabic numerals in white, outer seconds track and dot hour markers in white, the 34mm case with broad arrow thus /I\ and 6645 101000, 6B/542, 3032/53 engraved to the reverse exterior, on a black strap, lacking box and papers £1000 – £1500

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Lot 787 – GENTLEMAN’S INTERNATIONAL WATCH CO. MILITARY ISSUE STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL WIND WRIST WATCH

mark XI, 89 calibre movement numbered 1149718, the round black dial with Arabic numerals in white, outer seconds track in white, four baton hour markers, luminous pencil hands, the 36mm case with broad arrow thus /I\ and 6B/346, 1298/48 engraved to the reverse exterior, lacking strap, lacking box and papers £1500 – £2500

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Lot 911 – GENTLEMAN’S INTERNATIONAL WATCH CO. MILITARY ISSUE STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL WIND WRIST WATCH

lacking serial number to the movement, the round black dial with Arabic numerals in white, hour markers at 12, 3, 6 and 9, outer seconds track, the 35mm case with broad arrow thus /I\ and 6B/346, 553/48 engraved to the reverse exterior, lacking crown, lacking strap, lacking box and papers £900 – £1200

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