Brand: Omega Year of manufacture: 1940s Dial: Matte black dial Detail: Broad Arrow, Arabic indexes, Rail minutes, Screw back Case material: SS (stainless steel) Case Size: 35.0mm (excluding crown) / Lugs: 18.0mm (width of lugs) Movement: Cal. 30T2 (manual winding 30mm caliber) Water resistance: not waterproof
The price of this watch has gone up in recent years.
I have the impression that the price was in the 300,000 yen range a while ago, but recently it has come to the mid-400,000 yen range.
This series, also known as the Dirty Dozen, was supplied to the British Army by 12 manufacturers during World War II in the 1940s.
The British Ministry of Defense established standards for military wristwatches, and these specifications are known as W.W.W. (Watch, Wrist, and Waterproof).
The W.W.W. can be found on the back of the watch along with the serial number and manufacturer code (in this case, Y for OMEGA).
It is estimated that only about 25,000 of these Omega dirty dozen watches were made, and it is not known how many of them are still in existence.
Therefore, the number of these watches in the hands of collectors itself will be small, and the price will inevitably go up.
As for the price I mentioned at the beginning of this article, perhaps the number of collectors has increased compared to the past, but it is also thought that the number of pieces on the market itself has decreased because collectors are not letting them go, and the price has risen.
There is some peeling on the upper left of the Omega logo, but overall the watch is very atmospheric and has an attractive face of strength that has survived this long.
The luminous paint at the numerals is almost dead, but the luminous hands are still alive.
The case also shows signs of age, but the engraving on the back cover is still in place and is good for almost 80 years.
There is a small spot on the back cover, but this is also a taste of the manufacturing techniques of the time.
The best thing is that it is equipped with a decaluzu while the case size is 35mm.
The large crown was designed to be large enough for army soldiers to turn it even with gloves on.
The movement is equipped with the Cal. 30T2, which is representative of the manual-winding Cal. 30 series.
Containing as large a balance as possible, it puts precision first, and it puts it high!
It is an excellent movement made with the intention of emphasizing precision, and is a representative caliber in the history of OMEGA watches.
It is not a spring-rod type, but a framed (wire lug) type.
This is to prevent the watch from coming off from the spring bar when the wrist is strained during battle.
Therefore, NATO straps or leather belts with open ends can be used.