“Watches, Stories, and Gear” is a weekly roundup of some of our favorite watch content, great stories from around the web, and cool gear that we’ve got our eye on. This week’s installment is brought to you by the Windup Watch Shop.
Affordable Vintage: Cyma WWW, One of the “Dirty Dozen”
In the early 1940s, the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) published a set of specifications for a wristwatch to be issued to their soldiers. The specifications are commonly referred to as WWW, or Watch Wristlet Waterproof. Twelve companies submitted watches that met the criteria: Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Jaeger LeCoultre, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor and Vertex. These twelve watches together are called the “Dirty Dozen” by military watch collectors. Interestingly, the second World War ended before these great watches could be issued to soldiers for combat duty. Of the twelve brands, the Cyma WWW is one of most popular.
Wired – Sci-Fi Author Robert Heinlein Was Basically MacGuyver
Robert Heinlein is a sci-fi icon, author of classics such as Starship Troopers and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. He is also a character in Gregory Benford’s latest book, in which Heinlein is portrayed as a MacGuyver-esque type character, which Benford explains isn’t that far off from reality.