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Omega 6B/159 - RAF Military Issue Watch - Ref: 2292 - White Dial c.1940


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Omega 6B / 159 Rare British Military Issue Men’s Wrist Watch, 1940s 

This rare Omega 6B / 159 men’s watch (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!

The off-white dial with its distinctive blue hands, and on the back of the case you’ll find a military arrow or ‘Pheon’ elegantly engraved with the Military issue reference numbers.

Look out for the case’s instantly recognisable elongated and fixed lugs too – 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 brand-new leather or nylon NATO style military strap, which is more commensurate with every day wearing of the timepiece.  With original crown, blue steel leaf hands and full-length lugs, this watch is in very good condition, considering its age. Recently serviced by our watchmaker! 

Additional information:

Made from

Case: Steel back. Duralumin upper. 

Dial: Off-white.

Crystal: Plexiglass.

Bracelet: Sold with NATO style military strap in leather or nylon.

Technical specifications

Movement type: Manual winding.

Calibre: Omega 30TC SC.

Jewels: 16.

Purchase details

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.