It was only in the middle of 1945 that the British Army started receiving deliveries of military watches that were called W.W.W watches or “Wristwatch Waterproof Watch”.
There were 12 manufactures of these watches, listed in alphabetical order:
- Jaeger LeCoultre
They all exhibit certain characteristics of being waterproof to a certian level (but certainly not to be used when swimming), a 15 jewel movement and a perspex crystal.
Oddly all but the Longines did not have any form of anti-shock protection.
These watches were not isued to every soldier as the cost would have been prohibitive, therefore selective issue to those those that required a constant use of a military timepiece such as radio and artillery units.
As the dangers of radioactivity were realised the original dials and hands were replaced as they contained radium.
To show just how tough & accurate these watches are, a number were pressed into use for the Falklands conflict and the 1st Gulf War.