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    1943 Omega pilots watch

    Here is my 1943 Omega pilots watch, original and posted for
    your reference.

    The Air Ministry was responsible for buying and issuing time pieces to the
    R.A.F and these are designated 6B/159, whilst the Hydrographic Society
    are responsible for the Royal Navy and those issued to the Fleet Air Arm
    are designated H.S.8....they are the same watch except for the issue markings.

    This is an H.S.8 as issued to Royal Navy pilots and Navigators.
    The case is plated base metal and is often found in a bad state, this one's not to bad.







    Here is a picture with the bezel removed.

    The hands of blued steel are unique to these particular military issue Omegas
    and as far as I can tell are never seen on civilian issue Omegas.

    The dial and font are simple and these dials are often found repainted but this
    one is original and can be used as reference.



    Inside the case back.



    And finally the movement...Omega cal 30T2SC, the SC denotes that the watch is center
    seconds as opposed to a sub dial.

    The movement caliber number is to be found under the balance wheel.


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    Re: 1943 Omega pilots watch

    great looking watch. you should post over on omega as I know at least 3 members who will droll over this
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    There will be plenty of drooling here too. I'l start.

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    Re: 1943 Omega pilots watch

    This shows how patina can enhance a watch, not downgrade it. Nice find!
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: 1943 Omega pilots watch

    That is a lovely Omega!
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    Re: 1943 Omega pilots watch

    A great piece !

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    Re: 1943 Omega pilots watch

    Wow that is an amazing Omega! Where did you find that?
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    Re: 1943 Omega pilots watch

    Thanks for the comments.

    I won this watch a few years ago on UK Ebay.
    It was a lucky dip as the watch was simply titled as an
    Old Omega watch, poor description and a poorer single picture.

    I won it for a song and fell off my seat when I received it....just
    luck really.

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    Re: 1943 Omega pilots watch

    I love it when something like that happens. Too infrequently alas.
    redcow likes this.
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    Re: 1943 Omega pilots watch

    Simply beautiful. Thank You for sharing those pics.
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