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Found in a flea market in Vienna some years ago, this beautifully understated 15 jewels Omega Wrist Watch dates from 1938 and was just as likely to have been worn by a member of the officer class as a civilian.
The case measure approximately 32 mm excluding the crown and is completely without damage. The silvered dial is remarkably clean and features attractive slanted Arab numerals, a style repeated in recent years by Omega.
Although of course not guaranteed, the watch runs well and keeps good time and has no history of having done otherwise. Dial, movement and case back are Omega signed and the leather strap is in very good condition as is the watch.. The movement carries the serial number 8921620.
Not one for those who like big watches but an eye catching vintage watch suitable for daily use and a WW11 survivor.
A quite beautiful and wearable example of an RAF Navigator’s and Pilot’s wrist watch known by collectors as the 56 Omega
In 1956 the British Ministry Of Defence modified existing stocks of the wartime Omega Navigator's wrist watches and replaced the dials, crowns and cases but retained the beautifully accurate chronometer rated 30 T2 SC movements which had given such great service during the war years. The watches had robust all steel Dennison cases and screwed steel backs. This is such an example it’s serial number of 9860775 dating its original manufacturing date to c.1943.
Overall condition is very good. Most importantly it winds and runs smoothly and keeps good time at the time of sale but is not guaranteed and will perhaps one day need a service as does any mechanical watch. As far as I can tell the black dial is the one replaced when the watch was modified, the MOD having taken the decision that military watches should now have black dials. It is signed Omega. The hands are most probably the blued steel wartime hands, repainted to accommodate the black dial. There is a slight blemish to the dial at 11.00 but this is only obvious on close inspection.
The sturdy stainless steel case measures approximately 35mm excluding the crown making it idea for everyday wear. It is free from dents or damage and has fixed bars which are now fitted with an almost new 16mm Hirsch real leather strap.
The case back has the correct and original markings which show well in the pictures as does the clean and original movement.
A full sized General Service Medal with Palestine Bar to a member of the Royal Ulster Rifles, part of the 6th. Air Landing Brigade / 31st. Infantry Division accompanied by an as new edition of “With 6th Airborne Division in Palestine 1945 - 1948.”
Named to 19116182 RFN. A. Ogilvie R.U.R the silver medal, bar and ribbon are in very good undamaged condition.
Nice to find this medal awarded to a member of an Airborne Division.
A good left facing printed Pegasus Formation patch in unissued condition but with the edges turned over ready for sewing to the uniform, along with a pair of Parachute Qualification Wings.
The machine embroidered wings are in very good condition and appear to have had the backing slightly trimmed for a smarter appearance but again show no sign of having been worn. The wings are possibly post war.
A perfectly matched pair of RAF Silk Inner Gloves for wear inside the leather gauntlet.
Both are in overall very good condition with no damage but with one or two oil spots which in my view just adds to the appeal.
Inside, both have nice Air Ministry stamps with a 1940 contract date and both are a good size 9.
Rather scarce to find now especially of 1940 vintage.
A nice early, I believe Tomback, Hollow Back General Assault Badge.
Non maker marked the badge is completely free from damage but retains only a small amount of the original finish, mostly to the eagle.
A good example.
A very attractive Ladies silver Powder Compact with a pair of superbly styled King’s Crown RAF Wings set into the lid.
Decorated both top and bottom in what I believed is called an engine turned pattern it bears the silver marks of the Birmingham maker W.N. Ltd and dates to 1939.
Completely without damage it shows little sign of wear and has a mirror set into the inside of the lid. The hinge is strong and the lid remains open until closed by hand.
A really rather scarce detachable Collar Band (Kragenbinde) for wear with all types of other ranks tunics.
An indispensable element its function was to reduce collar wear and to add a degree of comfort for the wearer by isolating the neck from the coarse fabric of the tunic.
Adopted in 1933 it complimented the early collarless shirts and was issued up until 1944.
It comprised two cotton or rayon parts with button holes to accept the compressed paper or paste buttons on the tunic, the inner part being white, the outer part green. The M44 tunic had no provision for the Kragenbinde.
Very good condition with no wear.
In my own collection for some years a dual colour adjustable German Helmet Manoeuvre Band with anodised hooks on non-elasticated tapes for securing in place.
Overall condition is very good with slight rust staining apparent on the yellow cloth.
The helmet is not included but is available in the helmets and headgear section of the site.
A rare RAF wiring set for the B Type Helmet and D Type Oxygen Mask, formerly the property of a Canadian DFC winner bomb aimer who flew Wellingtons.
The cord and connector plug are in poor condition, the cord having extensive loss to the braiding and plug badly broken. However the two rare 7063 receivers are undamaged although missing the diaphragms and the type 21 Microphone is in good condition.
Priced I hope to reflect the value of the receivers and microphone with little account for the poor cord.
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