Our decision to pursue Swiss manufacturing for the A12 was motivated by our goal to create a respectful homage to the Swiss Made "Dirty Dozen" military watches of World War II. Functional, attractive and historically relevant, the Vaer Dirty Dozen represents not only a continued investment in timeless, durable design but also our deep respect for the history of horology.
Like it's 12 military forbearers, which wore the marking W.W.W. for Waterproof Wrist Watch, the A12 Dirty Dozen is perfectly suited for underwater activity. The caseback and crown use a threaded screw-down design that maintains an airtight seal, making the watch functionally waterproof. Importantly, unlike most ocean-rated watches, our Swiss Made Automatic is also incredibly slim and comfortable on the wrist, boasting a 40mm diameter and a sub-10mm thickness, which is rare on watches with a locking crown function.
To further enhance the value and "ocean-to-office" functionality of the watch, every A12 comes standard with two interchangeable straps. Our Vaer strap options include a range of both ocean-ready options designed for water based activities and our premium Horween leather straps which are tanned in Chicago and handmade in the USA from heavy native steer hides.
In addition to Made in USA leather straps, every Vaer A12 is hand-assembled and tested in Basel, Switzerland. We’re committed to Swiss Assembly for the A12 model, not only because it improves product quality, but because it adds a strong sense of place and personality to our brand.
Made in Switzerland
Durable 316L Stainless Steel Case
Ocean Ready 10 ATM - 100m or 328ft
Swiss Made ETA 2895 Automatic Movement
Locking Screw-Down Crown w/ Vaer Engraving
Domed Sapphire Crystal w/ Internal AR
Sapphire Exhibition Caseback with AR
7 Layer BGW9 Superlume Hands and Dial
Two Interchangeable Straps
Case Diameter - 40mm
Lug Height - 48mm
Lug Width - 20mm
Crown - 3mmx6mm
Case Thickness - 9.8mm
We’re committed to Swiss manufacturing for our premium automatic models, not only because it improves product quality, but because it adds a strong sense of place and personality to our brand. Every A12 watch is assembled, and minutely examined and depth tested at our facility in Basel, Switzerland. Every purchase comes with a certificate of assembly signed by the Swiss technician that put the watch together and conducted the 10 ATM water resistance test. Read more about where our watches are made ▸
Most watches use 3ATM (30 meter) as a base water resistance. Because the rating is at static pressure, you could breach a 3ATM watch while washing your hands. Our goal was to build a watch you could dive with and this meant achieving a 10ATM (100 meter) rating. We achieved this by using an extra-thick sapphire crystal, a rotating caseback, and a threaded screwdown crown. Read more about water resistance ▸
Every Vaer watch comes standard with two interchangeable straps. Our standard strap is made from a dense nylon weave that is comfortable, waterproof, and strong enough to withstand 350 pounds of tension. The strap features 13 laser cut holes, spaced 5mm apart and spanning a range between 155mm and 215mm. We also offer a Horween leather strap, tanned in Chicago and made in the USA. Read more about our straps ▸