Omega 6B/159 WWII RAF Pilot's watch - Model Ref: 2292
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Omega A.M - 6B/159 A 3334 - A Rare British RAF-Issued Watch, 1940s
This rare Omega 6B/159 watch, official Omega model reference 2292, is a piece of British military history. Issued to RAF Fighter Pilots and Navigators during the Second World War, the sparse yet practical and beautiful timepiece has a high-quality manual-winding chronometer-accurate movement that allowed pilots to calculate the position of their aircrafts in the sky.
The case of the watch was purpose made from an aluminium, copper, magnesium and manganese alloy called ’Duralumin’ with a matte finish, designed to prevent distracting glare from the sun while the watch was worn in the cockpit of a fighter plane, three quarters of a century ago! Issued in the 1940's, this watch will likely have seen some degree of action during the Second World War on the wrist of a British RAF pilot.
The off-white dial houses distinctive blue tempered steel hands, and on the back of the case you’ll find military engraving with the Military issue reference numbers. '6B/159' refers to an RAF-Issued pilot's watch. This particular example also bears the issue numbers "A3334", unique to each watch. Above the military marking section the initials "AM" can be read- Air Ministry is implied here, allowing for easy separation from other army branch watch issues.
Look out for the case’s instantly recognisable elongated lugs and fixed lug bars – a military style that ensured the straps were not accidentally detached from the case during combat. The history and detail of this beautiful timepiece make it a fascinating piece for the civilian and a must for the military watch collector.
What’s on offer:
This piece is sold with a new leather or nylon strap, which is more commensurate with every day wearing of the timepiece. With original blued steel leaf hands and full-length lugs as some you may come across were damaged and then cut down shorter, this watch is however in very good and importantly original condition as is the stunning dial. Recently serviced by our watchmaker, keeping excellent time! Please note that the original crown has been replaced on this watch due to it having become worn. The crown currently attached is a model and period correct replacement.
Case: Steel back. Duralumin upper.
Bracelet: Sold with NATO style military strap in leather or nylon.
Movement type: Manual winding.
Calibre: Omega 30TC SC.
Condition: Excellent and original.
Model reference number: 2292 (6B/159)
Date / Year of issue: 1943.
Sold with 12-month guarantee.
Width (without crown) 33mm
Height (lug to lug) 43mm
Lug width: 18mm.
Wrist size: Adjustable.