For what it is worth I would be totally against anything carrying the SS logo, or in fact any design which has any association with the SS whatsoever. Wehrmacht, Luftwaffer, U-Boats maybe, but the SS should be out on taste grounds straight away. I can't believe anyone would go against that. It would be like having a swastika on there for heaven's sake!
With regards to the point about copying the dial design of a watch in someone's collection, there are no copyright issues at all. Ownership of a book does not give you any rights to the IP vesting in it, these belong to the author. With a watch, any rights would have belonged to the original creator, no doubt now long dead.
I can't believe you guys are SO unambitious with this opportunity. The general consensus seems to be "Oh! Its just TOO hard to design anything different, lets just put an existing dial in an existing watch and be done with it! Oh, my sore head, all that creativity was SUCH hard work!"
THEME people. What will the THEME be? Stay on TARGET!