"GREENLANDER" KNIL Royal Netherlands Indies Army


1942 Longines 37.5mm "GREENLANDER" KNIL Royal Netherlands Indies Army Military Watch
■Model/Year : 1945 Longines 1942 "GREENLANDER" KNIL Royal Netherlands Indies Army Military Watch
■Movement : Signed 15 jewels Longines gilt-finished level movement cal.12.68Z Among the WWII era military WWW models, only Longines had an anti-shock device (shock absorber) plus an anti-magnetic escapement.
■Functions : Hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds.
■Case : Stainless stain case with water-resistant type screwed-on back. Stepped bezel, both inner and outer the case back stamped "/|\" Brow Arrow mark, WWW (Watch Wrist Waterproof ).
■Crystal/Dial : Acrylic crystal; ORIGINAL MATTE BLACK DIAL (NOT repainted) with white Arabic numerals and luminous accents, luminous hands. It has some spot looses of of white paint on the hour numerals, and looses of of luminous material on the hour markers, which is very common for this early military watch. The HANDS ARE ORIGINAL TO THE WATCH. On the dial, it signed "Longines" and Broad Arrow "/|\" printed below, "SWISS MADE" marked at bottom.
■Diameter(w/o crown) is approx. 37.5mm; Lug to Lug 46mm; Lug width 18mm.
■Strap/Band : NATO Strap.
■Running Condition : Watch in good running condition
■Overall condition : Very good for its age.

The Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (Koninklijk Nederlands Indisch Leger; KNIL)
British Military Longines, a.k.a. Greenlander. K.N.I.L
Various websites and images relating to the Netherlands East Indies and the KNIL (Koninklijk Nederlands Indisch Leger or Royal Netherlands Indies Army), the Dutch colonial army in the Netherlands East Indies (present day Indonesia).
Military watch collectors will immediately recognise this watch. This is a sought after Longines "Greenlander" in original condition. Estimated only 5,000 pieces were produced. Soldered bars. This watch just came in from the wild, the movement is running but the service history is not known. Signed manual winding movement. It has screw-down back with the military numbers F5716, 23088, 1998, KNIL, 3953.
What makes this watch super cool is the original MoD "arrow" radium dial. It says "SWISS MADE" at the bottom of the dial. Different from most of other watches you find today with re-finished MoD tritium dials. THIS IS NOT A (T) DIAL.

Longines Military WWW also known as Longines "Greenlander", "said to" have been used by the British Army forces in the "British North Greenland Expedition" from 1950 to 1952, but this may possibly only a Fiction. (LONGINES "Greenlander" - Fact or Fiction?", please see:

No matter it's Fact or Fiction, anyway, this robust oversized 37.5mm model was only produced in 5,000 pcs, even less than IWC (6,000 pcs) and JLC (10,000 pcs), with no doubt the most desirable and collectible WWII military WWW.

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