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Maker: Omega
Year: 1950s
Model: 1953 RAF Pilots Watch with Military Issue Numbers on Case-Back 6645/101000/6B/542/2265/53 British Ministry of Defence "Fat Arrow" Tritium Dial Military Crown Fixed Bar Lugs Original Dust Cover
Movement: Omega Cal. 283 Manual Winding Numbered 13 million (1953)
Case: Omega Screw-Back Stainless Steel Military Case Ref. 2777-1 SC with Fixed Lugs Signed Omega Swiss Made with Military Markings 6645/101000/6B/542/2265/53 on Case-Back
Dial: Military Dial Signed Omega Swiss Made with Thick Broadarrow
Band: NATO Military Strap
Our Ref: Omega 53 British Military Wristwatch
Diameter: 37 (excluding crown) mm
Height: 14 mm
Lug to Lug: 48 mm
Band Width: 18 mm

This watch comes from an RAF family based in Northern Ireland. It was owned by the uncle of the seller who was in the RAF and then passed to his nephew when he, too, joined the RAF. Bought from the nephew, this "Omega 53 Fat Arrow" RAF pilots watch was worn by the him during his own RAF service and is in absolutely superb original condition. It has sat on top of a wardrobe for twenty-five years until recently, when we acquired it and sensitively brought it back to full working condition. The movement is pristine and running perfectly and the case is in superb condition. This watch is cased in soft iron to prevent magnetism from the aircraft instruments affecting its crucial performance during military operations . These watches were only commissioned by and made in 1953 when the British Ministry if Defence procured a limited number (5,900) of them in that year for their RAF pilots. They were originally produced with "Thin Arrow" Radium dials but these proved to be dangerously radioactive when stock-piled, so the MOD recalled them and redialled them with the safer Tritium (hence the "T" in the circle) "Fat Arrow" dials. To find a fully serviced one of these with RAF history is a real find!

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