Omega HS8 Fleet Air Arm Pilots Wristwatch c.1943

Omega HS8 Fleet Air Arm Pilots Wristwatch c.1943


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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.

The Omega HS8 for sale is in lovely overall condition.
The original factory dial is in lovely overall condition with no obvious flaws or blemishes.
The wonderful blue steel hands and crown are all correct to the original specification of the Omega HS8 watch.
The chromed alloy mid-case is in good condition with some wear and tarnishing commensurate with age. The stainless steel case back has the correct Fleet Air Arm issue markings.
The Omega 30T2 SC calibre movement is all correct and is in good condition and is currently running well and keeping good time.

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

Diameter: 32mm (exc crown)