Omega RAF 2777-1 Military 6B/542 ‘Thin Arrow’
Omega and the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) have a long and fruitful history together. This has resulted in some of the most beautiful military watches, like the Omega ‘Dirty Dozen’ W.W.W. watch.
After World War II, however, the cooperation between the Swiss watch brand and the British government didn’t stop. An example of their collaboration is the watch we have on offer: a post-World War II successor of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ Omega issued by the British Royal Air Force (RAF). This big fellow – measuring just 36 mm in diameter it is big for a military watch – was issued in 1953 and has a stainless steel case, with a soft iron, inner cage to protect the chronometer-certified movement against magnetism. This was one of the specifications that a military watch had to meet. The dial of this watch is in exceptional condition but most importantly, still has the ‘Thin Arrow’. All RAF Omega’s had a thin arrow when they were issued by the government. However, when the regulations regarding the lume changed, most were recalled by Omega in order to replace the dial by a service dial bearing the ‘Broad Arrow’ and encircled ‘T’. The dial of this watch remains in immaculate condition maintaining a matte-black, grainy finish. Furthermore, the lume plots and hands have turned equally to a beautiful custard colour. A cool detail are the radium plots, which are placed in a sandwich construction. This means they are recessed in small holes in the dial. The case is in great condition and has maintained its original, sharp edges, crown and markings in the caseback, which state the type of watch, the issue number and year.