Very rare and collectible item this world war 2 OMEGA watch for Air Force. 二戰手動上錬歐米茄軍錶系列 See how this movement runs https://youtu.be/DCS6CQhnNzY Watch this guy reviewing Omega watches and world war series https://youtu.be/dXT5yIvA6Wc :::: Watch information :::: - Manual winding cal. 601 very reliable caliber - Size 34mm without crown - Perfect condition see picture - manufactured for British Royal Air Force. - Original Dial marked OMEGA and SWISS MADE Background for buyers Ordered by Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) during the Second World War, the WWW (Waterproof Wrist Watch - very impressed by the military thus given such honor) series timepiece was designed to be the general issue field watch for their military forces, and contracts to manufacture these pieces were picked up by twelve manufactures, including IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Longines, and Cyma. Omega produced a small number of these pieces under contract, although none of them saw combat during WWII, as production wasn't completed until after the Nazis surrendered in 1945. The MoD continued to issue these pieces for many years after the war, and a great number likely saw action in conflicts around the globe. Why the case seems so new ? The Story behind : In 1956 when Britain's Ministry of Defense ("M.O.D.") needed to supply watches to R.A.F. pilots and navigators they went to the surplus stock of wrist watches from WWII. In 1956 there was an abundance of Omega 30 T2 SC movements available that met the M.O.D. 6B/159 military spec. The M.O.D. modified existing used stocks of the wartime Omega wristwatches by replacing the dials and re-casing the WWII Omega manual 30 T2 SC movements in a more modern stainless steel case. The Case - they produced a new, stainless steel case for all their remaining stock of second world war watches. This new case replaced the low-cost alloy cases which the watches were ordered with and allowed the RAF to keep using the high quality movements. Much bigger than their predecessors at a usual 33mm the new steel cases come in at 36mm excluding crown. 39mm including crown 46mm lug tip to lug tip and have a 17mm lug spacing. Some collectors have stated that there are two variations of the case back an A.M. case back that should correlate to a black dialled watch and a P.M. case back correlating to white dialled omegas. Tho there may be some truth in the choice of white or black dialed watches to be used in day or night flying we pretty much call bullshit on the AM / PM case back story. Although manufactured by a dozen companies (known as the "Dirty Dozen" by military watch collectors), Omega's models have proven to be among the most desirable versions. However this one is not the dirty dozen as normally comes with sub dial. Here just for your info only. Their relative abundance has kept their market values from skyrocketing, but as with any vintage watch, finding one in good condition is key. This watch was manufactured in 1953, the Royal Air Force ordered Omega military watches in 5,900 pieces. However, this luminous paint on the dial of the first shipment contained radioactive substance Radium by the Royal Air Force has been revised to tritium. The broad arrow tell it to dial 6:00 becoming thicker. NATO code is stamped on the back. All other code is again cut the serial number portion, but matches font in 1953. This individual is very good condition and leave the original edge cases. After more than 60 years, the radium luminous paint used glow and clear even now. And the windshield and back to fit firmly in certain cases of 6 m thickness 13 mm. You can realize that actually used a robust real military watch. Movement is clean and working fine. Let me know if I miss or wrong with any details. If you like what are listing please make sure to follow us. We have other Rolex , Omega , Seiko vintage watches in other listing and will post various watches every week. :) ~sometime.sometimes
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