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1944 Omega British Military - Army Issue
[SJD284]
1,195.00

A very fine condition stainless steel  Swiss mens WW2 British Military issue, Officer's Omega wrist watch in very good original condition dating to 1944. This is guaranteed to be a genuine Swiss Omega WW2 issue men's wrist watch, and the watch is fully marked on the case as such and in excellent condition.

For more detailed information on military marking on pocket and wrist watches by the English armed-forces in the period 1870-1970 see, the web-site link: http://www.royalsignals.org.uk/photos/watch.htm. In 1940, the Ordnance Department published the requirements for military watches. The list includes pocket, wrist, and stop watches. Note also, that there was a provision for watches produced before 1940 to be retroactively marked if they were serviced. A further useful and most informative article has been found on the web-site: http://www.sfu.ca/~mmh/BritishX.htm, with lots of detail on the British w.ww. issued military watches.

 

THE DIAL: 100% mint, the original black unrestored dial with black Arabic numerals and signed "Omega" with military arrow and luminous dots at the hour markers. Dial with cathedral style steel hands and a subsidary seconds hand. Diameter is 30 mm. The new crystal is also in excellent condition.

 

 

 

THE MOVEMENT:  100% mint, with typical Omega rhodium finished plates. The watch with a compensated regulator and two arm  bimetallic balance, with Breguet overcoiled hairspring and no shock protection to the balance.  The movement fully signed "Omega", and with 15 jewels and subsidary seconds. The watch with a steel winding button. The movement is an Omega 30 T2  calibre and the number is 10,259,xxx (dates the watch to 1944) and presumably runs for 30-36 hours. The watch is a classic example of very high grade WW2 Omega engineering.

The CASE: 100% mint, the stainless steel 3-piece case measures 34 mm outside diameter, and 45 mm to ends of lugs. The front  cover is excellent and the screw on stainless steel rear cover closing very tightly. The inside of case with the "Omega Watch Co" triangular mark and the case number of 106,xxx, xx and w.w.w. and broad military arrow.   The case has not been restored, just given a gentle clean and polish and in very fine original condition, with a few scratches to the rear cover. The watch comes with a fine quality black leather watch band and a new red leatherette presentation box as shown.

CASE MARKINGS: The watch case fully signed to the rear cover: "w.w.w. , military arrow, Y14953 and service number of 106,xxx,xxx", these are the Ordinance numbers as to when and to whom the watch was first issued. The w.w.w. notation denotes a watch which came through the military of defence stores, in the period, 1943-45 and stands for "wrist watch water-proof".  The letter "Y" in front of the 5 digit number, links this to an Omega watch movement, see http://www.sfu.ca/~mmh/BritishX.htm for further details.

The watch clearly marked for Military use, with broad M.O.D. arrow and designed to meet the Mk 7 and 8 specifications as laid down for these high grade 30T2 Omega movements and with clear military marking.

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 14 September, 2008.
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