Omega HS8 Fleet Air Arm Pilots Wristwatch c.1943
These beautiful wristwatches were issued to pilots and navigators of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War.
The wristwatches supplied to aircrew of the Fleet Air Arm during this period were supplied by Omega, although Cyma also produced some early examples.
The Omega HS8’s were all produced to the same standard specification as the RAF 6B/159 wristwatches, which included a white dial with black arabic numerals, centre seconds and blued steel non-luminous hands.
These watches are commonly referred to by their Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm stores reference number of HS8. The initials “HS” stand for Hydrographic Survey and the number “8” refers to a wristwatch.
Interestingly, the watch for sale bears the markings of the London retailer, Bravingtons, who sold military surplus timepieces at the end of the war.
The wonderful Omega HS8 watch for sale was produced around 1943 at the heart of WW2. These watches are considerably rarer than their RAF counterparts and good original examples are seldom offered for sale.
As such, the watch for sale represents an excellent opportunity to acquire a superb piece of British WW2 aviation history.