In WW2, under increasing pressure from the Germans, the MoD needed to kit out their Troops with a Wristwatch that would stand the harsh realities of War.
The watches also had to have a black dial, Arabic numerals, luminous hour and minute hands, luminous hour markers, a railroad minute track, a shatterproof crystal, and a stainless-steel case. Powering them would be 15-jewel movements, measuring between 11.75 and 13 lignes.
The 12 companies chosen were: Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor, and Vertex.
There were only 25,000 Omega Watches issued to troops during the Second World War, who knows how many survive.
This particular example has, what we refer to as "Gen 2" Dial, these Tritium dials were fitted in the early 1950's as the MoD grew more and more conscious about Radium use on their Dials and the effects that would come with Radium use as their Watchmakers would be exposed to hundreds, if not thousands of Dials over a short period of time.
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Movement: Manual wind with Sub Seconds.
Dial: MoD Spec Gen 2 Tritium Omega Dial.
Crystal: Correct Acrylic crystal.
Bits that stand out:
- Hard to find in good order.
- Fully serviced Movement.
Overall the Omega is in very nice Vintage condition.