In the austere years after WW2, the RAF could not afford to replace the watches procured during the war. However, many of the cases were partly made from aluminium or coated brass and were badly corroded, so it was decided to recase them in steel. The RAF has some cases made in the UK, but the Australian AirForce had steel screw back cases made by the Australian firm of Handley who cased many watch movements in order to reduce import duties, as they were an official case maker for Omega they were allowed to sign the cases with the Omega name and logo. Note the lack of Swiss Made on the case. The white dials were also swapped over for new Swiss Radium dials, which are obviously the prototype for the Thin Arrow of 1953, which these watches predate by two or three years.
The movement is an early rhodium finished version of the 30T2sc with 16 jewels, oversized balance wheel, it is numbered 997273X, which dates the movement to 1943/44.
The case is a two piece style with a screw back and sloped bezel, like most military watches it has a low reflection brushed finish all over the case. The inner case back has the Omega logo stamped as well as a curved “Stainless Steel” stamp in Handley’s usual curved format. The outer case back is engraved RAAF, the broad arrow, the stores reference G6B/159 and the actual issue number, 355.
The case & dial are 90%, whilst the movement is 95+%.
Diameter 35mm; Lug to Lug 46mm; Height 12.2mm, it takes a 16mm strap and a new brown matt leather strap is fitted.
£2,750.00 (approx. $3,650.00 US)