Omega WWW (1945)
This is a British Army issued Omega watch from 1945. The watch was issued to soldiers, it has a steel case with screwdown back and a black dial with white numeral for optimal legibility. The watch is in good condition. The dial and hands are all original and in nicely patinated condition.
The Ministry of Defence in the 1940s developed a specification for military issue wristwatches. The specification is referred to as W.W.W., an acronym which stands for Watch, Wristlet (i.e. not a pocket watch) and Waterproof. W.W.W. is marked on the case back along with the serial number and manufacturer code (Y for Omega). In all there were 12 different manufacturers who produced watches to this specification for the MoD, collectively they are referred to as “The Dirty Dozen”, there’s an excellent introduction to these watches here
The case back has the original military stores reference number and the pheon (broad arrow) which denotes crown property. The watch is powered by the excellent Omega 30T2 movement, the balance has a Breguet overcoil hairspring to improve timekeeping across different positions and indeed the movements using the the WWW watches were regulated to a very high standard by Omega before they left the factory.
The watch has a solid stainless steel case, which at 35mm is a good size on the wrist. The watch has fixed lugs to hold it securely to the strap, even in combat, I've fitted a replica of the original one piece fabric strap, which complements the watch very well. The movement has been fully serviced and regulated and the time keeping is excellent.
Case diameter (excluding winding crown): 35mm
Case material: stainless steel
strap width: 18mm
time keeping: grade A+
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