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Pre-owned

Omega Vintage RAF issue. 1956.

£1,895.00

Pre-owned

Omega Vintage RAF issue. 1956.

£1,895.00

When we first looked at this RAF issued pilot’s watch it was confusing. With parts from different eras we initially thought that it was a bodge of mismatched parts but soon found that it was something more interesting than that.

A little research found that in 1956 the MOD revamped some of their existing stock of watches left over from the second world war. Rather than buying brand new watches the original ones were recycled and heavily reworked. The cheap wartime alloy cases were replaced with slightly larger water and dustproof stainless steel cases specially made by famous British watchcase maker Dennison. The dials were mainly replaced with a new design black dial but for some reason that isn’t clear some kept their original white dial. These new/old watches were issued with the RAF stores reference A.M 6B/159, the same code used for the war time watches that refers to it as aircraft navigation equipment rather than a wristwatch.

So our watch correctly has a 1943 dated movement but a 1956 case. It also has the rarer original white (now beautifully aged to cream) 1943 dial and blued steel hands. With evidence of use throughout its obvious that this watch has been well used without being abused. Importantly it doesn’t appear to have been molested in anyway with the correct aged dial and hands plus fixed steel bars between the lugs all present and correct. We also believe that the crystal is original so while it is showing signs of strain we decided to keep it that way and just gave it a light polish instead of replacing it. Our watch maker reports the movement to be in good order and the time keeping is on par with expectations for a 65 year old watch.

Supplied with our own presentation box, serviced and guaranteed for 2 years.

Most pieces are currently in stock and available to view in the showroom (check product descriptions as occasionally, some pieces may be directly dispatched from our supplier and not available to view in the showroom). 
Available for dispatch within 2 working days.  Items requiring engraving will need to be ordered from the supplier and will take up to a week to dispatch.

 

All items over £40.00 will be delivered free of charge within the UK & are insured against loss or damage during delivery; there is a charge of £4.00 to help cover the cost of postage on orders under £40.00. All orders will be sent by Royal Mail special delivery & require a signature on receipt.

Please note we only accept online orders using a credit/debit card issued by a UK bank. Items delivered to an address other than where the card is registered will be subject to additional security checks that may delay dispatch. We reserve the right to refuse delivery to an address if suitable security checks are not available. All non UK orders must be paid by bank transfer in pounds sterling. Details available on request.

Interest Free Credit is available in-store on jewellery and new watches over £350.00.  Reduced items and pre-owned watches are normally excluded from Interest Free Credit although this may be reviewed on a case by case basis.  More information is available on our Interest Free Credit information page.

If you can find an identical piece of jewellery for less, in a bricks and mortar retailer, we WILL beat the price. 
If you find a piece of jewellery that you have purchased from us for less within 28 days we WILL refund the difference. 
Some online only retailers offer prices that can seem too good to be true and in many cases they are, however we will always aim to at least match a genuine offer.