Mens 1941 Omega 26.5 T3 Caliber Stainless Steel Vintage 15j Swiss Military Watch
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Mens 1941 Omega 26.5 T3 Caliber Stainless Steel Vintage 15j Swiss Military Watch:
holben Store Among new and old watch collectors, the Omega Watch Co. of Switzerland is one of the most renowned brands of timepieces, a firm founded by Louis Brandt of Biel in 1848. In 1894 a new caliber bore the name of Omega for the first time, and since then the company has produced some of the finest caliber wristwatches money can buy. Omega is also my favorite Swiss watch firm, unsurpassed when it comes to style and high quality for a not (as of yet) crazy high price.
I am pleased to offer for sale the following vintage men’s Omega timepiece, a WWII period Roman numeral dial (sub-seconds) model in excellent condition that dates to ca 1941.
Its stainless steel, Omega-signed case measures 37mm end to end and 30.5mm in width (33mm with original, unmarked steel crown). In inches this works out to be just shy of 1-1/2” long by 1-3/16” wide, not including the winding crown – what is best described today as a ¾ size men’s watch albeit a rather normal men’s watch size at the time (most WWII American watches are about this size). It is powered by its original 26.5 T3 caliber, 15 jewel, manual wind mechanism, fully serviced by my watchmaker David to ensure accurate timekeeping.
The ivory color, enamel finished dial is in excellent condition, professionally restored to its correct status and beautifully done to mimic an “aged” radium dial but perfectly safe enamel was used. It features a 60 minute outer track border, Arabic numerals, original blue steel hands with matching color fill (safe, non radium) and a recessed sub-seconds dial with engine-turned background and ‘sweep’ blue steel original seconds hand. Signed OMEGA below the 12 with trademark Omega symbol.
The hardened acrylic crystal is in excellent condition, a later replacement although the original would have been the same acrylic/early plastic for durability and resistance to shattering. The two-piece case is solid stainless steel and in excellent PLUS condition. The original stainless steel winding crown, acceptably unmarked for this time period, is in excellent shape, winding and setting smoothly.
Turning the watch over I find a stainless steel, screw-down back lid in excellent shape, unmarked and without engravings past or present. Inside I find a fully serviced 26.5 T3 caliber mechanism signed Omega Watch Co., SWISS, Fifteen 15 Jewels - OXG with caliber number of 26.5 T3 stamped below the balance wheel. The serial number of #9,467,098 dates the watch to ca 1941 as per company production records. The 26.5 T3 is a well reviewed caliber and fairly desirable to Omega collectors, as compared to the more common R17.8 caliber of the same period.
The inside of the case lid is finely engine turned and stamped ACIER INOXYDABLE - OMEGA, FAB. SUISSE, SWISS MADE with case number below.
This fine watch has been disassembled, cleaned, oiled and regulated to ensure it winds and sets smoothly and keeps accurate time. It is fitted on a new and high quality 16mm black deBeer hand crafted Ostrich (grain) calf leather strap with matching steel buckle. All in all a great example of a Second World War non-ordnance military dial timepiece – thanks for dropping by and I hope you place a offer!
- Since 1998, Holben's Fine Watches' goal has been happy customers. I treat buyers as I like to be treated: with courtesy and respect. I’m especially proud of my excellent response and high number of repeat clients. I’m a long-standing member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC), and have collected watches since I was a kid.
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- In the rare event that a watch needs further service upon receipt, I ask that you return the wristwatch to me (or mailed to my watchmaker, David) at my expense. It will be corrected and quickly mailed back to you.
- If you like unique and collectible vintage or antique wristwatches, add holbensfinewatches to your Favorite Sellers. I specialize in American and Swiss timepieces from the 1900s – 1970s. My selection changes weekly, and is comprised of manual wind and automatic watches from the following categories: WWI trench; WWII; military; fancy case, art nouveau; art deco; mid-century modern; stainless steel; sterling silver; white, yellow and rose gold; solid gold; platinum; and diamond, ruby and/or sapphire ladies’ cocktail watches.
Our sister store, Holben's Fine Watch Bands, offers an extensive selection of straps including Bonetto Cinturini, deBeer, Di-Modell, Hadley-Roma, Hirsch and Staib; deployment clasps and buckles; metal bracelets; German military Bunds; UTC ballistic nylon G10; open-ended; James Bond striped, leather and woven NATOs; WWII canvas military; genuine and silicone rubber divers; carbon fiber; Kevlar; LORICA; Cordura; GT rally tropic perforated; alligator-, crocodile-, lizard-, ostrich-, shark- and buffalo-grain; chrono sport; riveted; waterproof / water resistant and woven/braided.