Omega H.S.10 Royal Navy Dive Supervisors Wristwatch c.1945

Omega H.S.10 Royal Navy Dive Supervisors Wristwatch c.1945


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Very rare Omega H.S.10 Royal Navy Dive Supervisors Wristwatch  c.1945

The wonderful Omega for sale would have originally started life like any other standard W.W.W. wristwatch.

The WWW’s are perhaps the most popular and collectible watches amongst all those issued to the British Army. This is perhaps because they were the first to be specially designed and custom made for the British Army.

WWW. stands for Watch, Wrist, Waterproof and was the descriptive code used by the British Army to identify it as a piece of equipment.

These watches began being manufactured and issued to the British Army in early 1945.

There were 12 Swiss manufacturers of the WWW’s and as such, the collection is commonly referred to by collectors and dealers alike as “The Dirty Dozen”.

Only around 25,000 Omega WWW watches were made for the British Army during WW2.

However, the Omega for sale is considerably rarer and special still due to it having been subsequently re-issued to the Royal Navy for the Diving Survey, most likely for use as a Dive Supervisors wristwatch. This is indicated by the additional markings of H.S 10 on the reverse of the case back. “H.S.10” refers to the Royal Navy stores reference for a “Divers Wristwatch”.

According to records held by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Dive Supervisors wristwatch was to be used for supervision and should be splash-proof but not pressure resistant.

The watch features an interesting MOD replacement dial, which bears a striking resemblance to the replacement “Fat Arrow” tritium dials fitted to Omega RAF pilots watches at the beginning of the 1950s.

Very few of these watches are thought to exist which makes the wonderful example for sale a truly rare and special find. The watch for sale, therefore, represents a superb opportunity to acquire a wonderful piece of military and horological history.

The Omega HS10 for sale is in excellent overall condition having been recently serviced.
The MOD replacement dial is in beautiful condition without any obvious flaws or blemishes.
The sword hands, seconds hand and crown are all correct to the original specification of the watch.
As expected, there are a number of fairly minor scratches and marks to the outer casing of the watch.
The Omega 30T2 calibre movement is in excellent condition and is running well and keeping excellent time.

The watch comes complete with a free six-month warranty, newly fitted NATO strap and quality hand-made leather watch pouch.

Diameter: 35mm (ex crown)