1950s Cyma WWW “Dirty Dozen”
It is often said that watches hide moments shared with their wearer(s) that create their story. There is a must, the watches that from their origins share a moment with history. This is the case of this watch that we present to you today.
The present watch is a Cyma 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 wereBuren, 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, they can be quite different and the Cyma model in particular is among those who feature a distinctive look, along with the Longines. The particularity of the Cyma is a larger 38mm all-steel case. It is also the only one to fully respect the specifications.
Mechanically speaking, it is driven by the Cyma.234 in-house calibre.
It is a piece of choice for the collector looking for a terrific look and strong historical heritage.