1950s Buren WWW “Dirty Dozen”
This watch is a Buren from the Dirty Dozens family, a family of 12 watches with quite similar characteristics produced in 1945 at the request of the British Ministry of Defence. Twelve manufacturers produced the 150.000 pieces requested by the MoD by respecting a set of specifications. These 12 manufacturers were Buren, Eterna, Grana, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Lemania, Longines, Omega, Record, Timor, Vertex and Cyma. MoD will impose features to aid the readability of the dial with a black dial, a chapter ring, arabic numerals, and luminescent hands and hour markers.
Although the 12 models share a common DNA, each has its own atypical side, and the Buren’s special features are its manufacture movement and dial. It is the only one to display on the dial, in addition to the brand name and the Broad Arrow, the designation GRAND PRIX. The Buren was produced in only 11,000 pieces and very few remain well preserved!
As previously mentioned, inside its 36.5mm case, the Buren 462 caliber is used.
It is a piece of choice for the collector looking for a terrific look and strong historical heritage.