Omega CK2129 Watch In ‘Dunkirk’ Film & Omega’s Role In WW2

Omega CK2129 Watch In ‘Dunkirk’ Film & Omega’s Role In WW2
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Omega CK2129 as featured in the movie Dunkirk

Director Christopher Nolan’s attention to detail is legendary, and his latest movie, Dunkirk, has got watch lovers all up and excited. In the movie, Tom Hardy, who plays an RAF pilot, is seen periodically referencing his watch. Eagle-eyed watch lovers, like myself, have identified that watch as an Omega. Specifically, the watch in question is the Omega CK2129, and here is the story behind it.

For readers who are unfamiliar with the 2017 film Dunkirk that is currently enjoying much success in theaters, it tells the story of the Dunkirk evacuation during the Second World War. Dunkirk is the name of a beach in France where Allied Forces were trapped and cornered by the Germans in 1940.

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French Omega Watches Advertisement from 1916

Reliable timekeeping was an important aspect of warfare, and so watches were incredibly important tools. They were particularly important to pilots, who relied on watches for navigation. And in Dunkirk, we see Hardy’s character depending heavily on his watch, which played an important role in the film. [SPOILER ALERT] It's not really a spoiler, but the watch's most pivotal role (and perhaps the clearest shot of it) is when his fuel gauge gets damaged, he asks the other pilot for a fuel reading, and scribbles it along with the time on the plane's dashboard.

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Omega CK2129

The watch chosen for Hardy’s character was the Omega CK2129. The choice was apt because Omega reportedly supplied about half of all watches used by the British RAF. In addition, the Omega CK2129 was the most commonly worn Omega watch by RAF personnel in the Second World War. In total, it is estimated that Omega delivered over 110,000 watches to the British Ministry of Defense to support its troops during the Second World War.

The origins of the Omega CK2129 came about in January 1940, shortly after the start of WW2. It was then that the British RAF decided it needed watches with rotating bezels and asked Omega to make 2,000 such watches. With rotating bezels, pilots could make calculations and time events more easily and accurately. The Omega CK2129 watch was eventually delivered in March of the same year.

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The Omega CK2129 was designed for ease of use and legibility. It had a cream dial, blue hands, large Arabic hour markers, a large rotating bezel, and two oversized crowns. The two large crowns made it easy for pilots to handle and wind the watch when wearing gloves. In addition, the second crown at 4 o’clock was used to lock the rotating bezel so that timings couldn’t be misread by accidental knocks inside the tight confines of the plane’s cockpit.

The Omega CK2129 was powered by the Omega Calibre 23.4 SC, a manually wound movement that was used in many other Omega models during that time. It was notable for its central seconds hand, which was useful for timing short events of under a minute. It beats at 2.5Hz and has a power reserve of around 40 hours.

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Omega CK2292

The CK2129 wasn’t the only watch that Omega supplied to British Forces. While the CK2129 was popular and widely used among RAF pilots in the early days of the Second World War, the distinction of the most widely used watch in the world would eventually go to the Omega CK2292.

Like the CK2129 before it, the Omega CK2292 was designed for legibility. It was a fairly large watch for its time, around 33mm, and featured easy-to-read blue hands and large Arabic hour markers on a cream dial. Where it differed from the CK2129 was the movement. The Omega CK2292 used the more sophisticated Calibre 30T2, which performed very well at observatory trials. The Calibre 30T2 is also more resistant to magnetic forces thanks to new alloys used in the balanced spring, and this was especially beneficial to pilots of the Hurricanes and Spitfires who sat near powerful engines which generated huge magnetic fields.

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Omega CK2444

Omega continued to supply watches throughout World War II, and as the fighting moved to the Pacific during the end of the war, Omega provided soldiers with the CK2444. It has a water resistant case, making it useful for forces fighting on the beaches and at sea, and it used the same highly reliable Calibre 30T2 like the CK2292 before it. Because of its water resistant case, the Ministry of Defense engraved the case backs of Omega CK2444 watches with “w.w.w” which stood for “Waterproof Wrist Watch."

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Omega CK2444

Of the three, the CK2444 was distinct. Because it was used by the general armed forces, and not by the air forces exclusively, it dispensed with a central seconds hand and had a subsidiary seconds dial instead. Also, it had a black dial. Nevertheless, it remained highly legible thanks to its thick sword-style hands and large Arabic hour markers in white.

At this point, it goes without saying that Omega’s role in the Second World War was significant - other watch manufacturers, of course, also played important roles, but that is a longer story for another article. Moreover, for Omega, their involvement in the war also helped them advance their watchmaking knowhow and refined their manufacturing techniques and processes. This would later help them create iconic pieces like the Speedmaster and Seamaster, the former which, as we all know, passed NASA certifications and became the first watch on the moon.

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At the same time, Dunkirk cements Nolan’s reputation as a director that pays attention to the tiniest of details. Apart from seeking out an Omega CK2129 watch for Hardy in Dunkirk, Nolan also reportedly told Harry Styles, who plays a British soldier in the film, that he had tied the laces of his boots wrong and that soldiers in that era would have tied them in a different manner. We might also posit that Nolan is a "watch guy," as he also placed mechanical watches in a central role of his previous blockbuster as we noted when we saw the actual Hamilton watches used in the movie Interstellar (hands-on here).

But more importantly, Dunkirk is a great film. Of all the films that I have seen this summer, it easily ranks as one of the best. In fact, I would even go as far as to say it is one of the best war films ever. The appearance of the Omega CK2129 certainly is a nice addition, but most of all, Dunkirk is authentic and beautifully shot. Go catch it if you haven’t already. omegawatches.com

  • awildermode

    Quick, to ebay in search of an Omega CK2444!

  • Berndt Norten

    See the brilliant and devastating critique of this dialogue and plot-thin film in The Guardian.

    • Moonraker

      See Mark Rylance pull off his trademark “what’s my line, son?” non-acting acting.

      • Berndt Norten

        I saw the film. The opening was stunning. And then it was 90 minutes of special effects. No political context. No Germans in this war. No dialogue. No plot. Just seductive gimmicks. A film fit for the short attention spans of the smartphone generation

        • Moonraker

          Hey, at least it doesn’t have Michael Caine reciting a poem (although you can hear his voice over the radio).

      • Berndt Norten

        That’s Sir Mark to you, bad hombre.

        • Moonraker

          They’ll make anybody a knight over there. I bet that vacuum guy Dyson is a knight.

  • Mikita

    Omega (Swatch Group) getting into so many films and tv series. Got a bit tired from their overhyped watches. I know I know I know, this one is vintage and all, but yet another Swatch-purchased appearance.

    • ObjectOriented?

      No, but Nolan got JLC into Batman Begins.

      • Mikita

        Strange. Such a missed opportunity for Swatch Group.

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  • Mikita

    Kenny, first of all, thank you for the article and film recommendation. Now a little bit critizism.

    “Eagle-eyed watch lovers, like myself, have identified that watch as an Omega. Specifically, the watch in question is the Omega CK2129, and here is the story behind it.”
    Not eagle-eyed, they wanted you to see it.

    “Other watch manufacturers, of course, also played important roles, but that is a longer story for another article.”
    There wan’t be any, most probably. Unfortunately, they have no money to appear in the films.

    “Moreover, for Omega, their involvement in the war also helped them advance their watchmaking knowhow and refined their manufacturing techniques and processes. This would later help them create iconic pieces like the Speedmaster and Seamaster, the former which, as we all know, passed NASA certifications and became the first watch on the moon.”
    Of course, no article can be published without mentioning MOTFM. And where are stars on the photos from the Moon? Don’t tell me they did hundreds of photos and no single photo where the focus is on the sky/stars.

    “We might also posit that Nolan is a “watch guy,” as he also placed mechanical watches in a central role of his previous blockbuster as we noted when we saw the actual Hamilton watches used in the movie Interstellar.”
    No, that’s not because he’s a watch guy. Another Swatch Groups’s brand pushed by them in movies. Swatch Group pays for every appearance of their brands.

    • Phil leavell

      Great peace Makita you should have wrote The Blog on this one it was from the heart and it was the truth.
      I have a strong connect to the 2444 and as for the Swatch group movie same as you blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah you rock

      • Mikita

        I like Omega as a brand, but Swatch Group make me hate it.

        • Phil leavell

          I feel the same way I love my 2444 it will always stay in the family. I think Swatch group or part of the problem not part of the solution

    • SPQR

      The reason an Omega watch is used by Tom Hardy’s character is because it is historically accurate – the War Ministry bought mostly Omega Watches for use by the Royal Air Force. The particular reference used was apparently not sourced from Omega but from an independent vintage watch dealer in London. Mr Nolan was very particular about this because originally the wardrobe department had tried to use RAF issue Omega watches that had been issued in September 1940, after the Dunkirk evacuation, the watch used for filming was supplied in March 1940, as the article makes clear. The fact that Omega supplied hundreds of thousands of watches to the Allied war effort is a fact. It is not product placement in the sense you describe. One small point on the article, the CK2444 would not have had “w.w.w” placed on it by the Ministry of Defence in Workd War Two. The relevant Ministry would have been the War Ministry or the Air Ministry. The Ministry of Defence did not exist until 1 Apr 64. As for Mr Nolan being a “watch guy”, he could well be some of his relatives worked in NASA on the Apollo program so perhaps he was introduced to Omega watches then.

      • Phil leavell

        I have no idea what this is on the back of the watch thenhttps://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c134989c9bd7239d4d115ce4b846a524b1b16be6f3e562e37896198a277d30b1.png

      • Phil leavell
        • Moonraker

          Royal Canadian Air Force? Or the other stuff?

          • Phil leavell

            Rcaf RAF probably about 20-25 per cent of them had Engraving. When trainning was over they loved getting the watches when they were commissioned. There were a lot of Pilots co-pilots flight engineers and bombardiers training during the war in Canada Rhonda’s Omega brightlings. Just one more but I can’t remember right now brain fart. But because the war wasn’t in Canada the Allied nations would send them here to get trained . My uncle said sometimes the watches went distributed till they made it overseas

          • Phil leavell

            Sorry for being fuzzy Tuesday night hard on me

    • drThrillman

      Is your comment asking “where are the stars” disputing the fact of the moon landing? I’ve seen conspiracy theorists ask the same question, hence why I ask. If not I don’t see why that was mentioned unless I’m missing something

      • Mikita

        I don’t dispute on the moon landing. Just consider it strange they didn’t make (or show) any single photo focused on stars view from the moon.

  • wickets

    a century’ish later, the CK2292 is still stunning,

  • Hands90

    Great article.

    Thanks for all the info.

  • Nolan has this love for “First I am going to show next Friday afternoon and half an hour later I will tell you what happened last Tuesday. That way you will finally understand Friday afternoon, which in return will make you think I am such a f*cking clever story teller”.

    Having said that, I loved the film. I think it is indeed one of the best war movies ever done. The sound was incredible. And as regards the watch, it could be brand placement but Omega does have a history in the WW II and the British Armed Forces. And in this case it is accurate.

    You want to know what is highly not accurate? The amount of rounds Tom Hardy shoots throught the movie. Eight Browning machine guns with 350 rounds each, firing 1,200 bullets per minute…

    • Yeah, the editing/timeline ruins the movie. I wanted it to be a great movie, but is is not IMO.

      There is a great movie hiding in the reels of film shot but the editing makes it incomprehensible. And the shots of the German bomber lumbering around forever were tedious. Air combat is a series of encounters of seconds, not at all like what was portrayed.

      And they tried so hard to be non-offensive to potential German film-goers that Germany was rarely mentioned by name. Often just called “the enemy”. Fuck political correctness. We are all big boys and we know who the combatants of WWII were.

      I suppose their intent was to just glorify the heroics of the men of one side and not make this an “us versus them” movie. But I think the misses the essential truths that people die on both sides in a battle and there is an “us versus them” mentality at work. I wish someone would re-cut the movie and make the timeline chronological and make the action sequences much, much tighter and less repetitive. I was very disappointed with the film to say the least.

      • Phil leavell

        Sad but true back then history was written by the victor.
        Now it’s the politically correct that rule and news takes seconds to go around the planet it’s hard to mask or lie. Now the political correctness is to put a spin on it.

        • George Orwell’s 1984 should have been a clear warning about rewriting the truth, but sadly, the PC snowflakes think that putting a spin on past events absolves us then and now for past horrors.

          • Phil leavell

            I hear you people today are so Godless they can’t even own what they say and if perchance I insult you with what I write let me know I will not make excuses. For myself

          • Sheez Gagoo

            I wouldn`t even blame political correctness. As you mentioned in your post above, it`s probably more a kind of a marketing thing. They want to sell it to Germany. This is why China is never the bad boy in current movies but North Corea (White House Down, Olympus has fallen or the new Red Dawn. I don`t think Hollywood gives a f**k about pc until it hits their market. Hollywood doesn`t sell to NC. But in every James Bond or other Thriller, the Swiss are the money laundry guys. Because nobody cares about such a small market. We aren`t even good in money laundry anymore. But I`ve to admit, pc is not so much of an issue here than in the U.S. which in some cases seemes to be like in the Demolition Man.

          • Political Correstness is a big deal with Hollywood (which is dominated with leftist thinking). But you are right that making money in foreign markets is their primary concern.

    • ZL

      I don’t get the sense it was product placement because Omega didn’t get their press release out about it until well after the movie was in theaters for a while, as if they didn’t even know ’till they saw the movie. One imagines that they would have had some special edition or something if they did know.

      • Moonraker

        Your theory only has one hole in it: Omega’s not big on the whole special edition thing. 🙂

        • ZL

          I must have been thinking of another watch brand…

  • Yan Fin

    Nicely written Kenny, thank you. However: Omega supplied watches to British Ministry of Defense. Omega also supplied watches to Germany. Omega literally won the WW2, making money from both sides. We should remember this when shading another batch of joy tears about another Omega anniversary.

    • Moonraker

      Classic Switzerland. Neutrality=double plus good.

    • Tempvs Mortvvs

      Two swiss distinctive traits (as a nation not necessarily on the individual level): gold/money hoarding and secrecy. And they are often seen together.

    • egznyc

      Absolutely. Switzerland has a complicated history to be sure. It’s not all lovely mountainsides and “Sound of Music” … But they do make very nice watches.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        No, there was a concentration camp for americans here:
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wauwilermoos_internment_camp

        • Yan Fin

          Interesting… Never heard of concentration camps in Switzerland.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Neither did I. Heard of them around a year ago. You can imagine that this particular topic is not very discussed in Switzerland. Not really a reason to be proud of.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Nice article. I guess it’s time for a vintage re-edition. For $15 000. And plastic crystal. And a super exclusive edition on (würg) Fratello Watches.

    • Mikita
      • Phil leavell

        Cool

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Believe it or not, but smewhere I still have this digital Omega. And I know this movement very well. It`s a so called Hammerautomat. The oscillation mass can`t turn a full 360. The springs prevent it from doing so. The constant shocks makes the screws falling of. To be fair, many movements had this system at the time. The worst iteration of this movement was the movement with a kind of spring (Like the part between the two springs) that hold the second wheel. The performance of the movement isn`t to bad.

        • Mikita

          It’s funny but I actually want to get an Omega based on bumper auto movement to play with 🙂 some of these Hammerautomats look like kids’ science.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            They are better than I thought. I like the typical Omega pink gold cover. But any 2824 performs better.

          • Mikita

            But Omega doesn’t like to talk about these vintage movements due to some reason 🙂 if they want to show some “vintage heritage” they show the Venus based movements.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            In this case, you know more than I do.

          • Mikita

            BTW, what do you think of so famed co-axials?

          • Sheez Gagoo

            In theory they are great:
            There`s less friction and better efficiency. But I remember when they came out, they marketed the co axial as an escapement that uses no lubrification, which has never been the case. They have always been lubricated. Then there was the problem with measurement. It was almost impossible to measure the accuracy of the watch because no measurement device was able to measure it. But that`s almost 20 years ago and I (except from some early watches) never heard of any trouble. I have to admit, I didn`t follow the co axial so much. So I think the co axial is a great idea. I don`t know how it performs in the long term, but in theory I have to say, it`s great.

          • And as I understand it, the timing issue was the the movement’s sounds (due to the 3rd engagement point) are not the same as a “Swiss” lever, so the acoustic processing on earlier Witchi machines was confused. But now most all timers, including the much more affordable Timegrapher, specifically indicate that they support Omega (which means co-axial) movements.

          • Mikita

            Thanks. I don’t know much about them as easiness of service, reliability and all; but I’ve heard really really polar opinions on them. Some consider them a miracle, others say that they aren’t nearly as reliable as we are told in tons of marketing materials.

          • Phil leavell

            How about some omega poetry or limericks

          • Mikita

            Berndt definitely has some ideas 🙂

          • Berndt Norten

            O Meaghan
            I’m all out of puns
            What am I without them?

  • Moonraker

    Cool article. And if you want to see possibly period-incorrect Carl F. Bucherers, see
    Atomic Blonde.

  • egznyc

    That CK2444 (the one with the black dial, not the one in the film) is just a beautiful watch. Vintage, sure, but with distinctly modern sensibilities that IMO puts it ahead of its time.

    Thanks for this retrospective. Nice to get something of a horological history lesson with the usual watch fare.

  • Word Merchant

    I’m just thinking of the immense laundry and dry cleaning bill over at Camp Hodinkee when they catch sight of these pictures.

    • Phil leavell

      We should create a game to find what pseudonym the hodinkee poachers using. I’m sorry yo can we be friends or do you just want to hug it out.
      Rules regulation and prizes to be sorted out later

      • Word Merchant

        I have no idea what you’re on about, but have given you an upvote just in case.

        • Moonraker

          Gotta stay on the good side of crazy.

          • Berndt Norten

            I’ve always been crazy
            But it’s kept me from going insane

          • Moonraker

            Crazy: a little dab’ll do ya.

          • Berndt Norten

            I take a little cream in my cup

          • Moonraker

            A dollop of Daisy?

          • Berndt Norten

            Love potion number 9

          • Moonraker

            Box 6 wrist turd, put the lotion in the basket…

          • Berndt Norten

            Preparation HYT

          • Moonraker

            Got lower bancpain? Put some Unguent Junguentsen on it!

          • DanW94

            No sugar (tonight) in your coffee?

          • Berndt Norten

            My saccharine walls….

          • Moonraker

            Crazy’s like oxygen. You get too much, you get too high. Not enough and you’re gonna die!

          • Berndt Norten

            Sweet!

          • Moonraker

            Little Billy, Billy drives them wild with his run-around style
            inside, outside
            Billy sends them silly with his star-shine shimmy shuffle smile

          • DanW94

            Berndt just wants to know your name
            Cause it just ain’t the same
            The way it was before
            Bill on the run…..

          • Moonraker

            And the first one said to the second one there,
            “I hope you have some puns.”

            At the blog they’re searching for me everywhere,
            But I never will be found
            Bill on the run…

          • Berndt Norten

            Great one!

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I can’t tell you what a horrible taste this has on me, maybe sucking on a lemon or something really bitter. If your looking for some tenuous link to push the sales of your goods that’s all and well, be it some stupid car or crap movie actor. This subject is quite different and should not be used in a horrible commercial way.
    What’s the deal here, some fanny wore it in a movie and am meant to go , wow if i wear that i can somehow get a taste of what was going on, buy a little part of the action.
    My friends, this was war. ! Young men used as cannon fodder for some fat bastard with a cigar 50 m below ground ( Churchill ) hoping and praying to get back to loved ones, not sure what the hell they were doing there in the first place but it was the ” thing to do ” ( My father was a conscientious objector )
    Now we didn’t come off to well in the 8 days of battle losing around 70,000 men although we retreated we didn’t lose ( it’s complicated )
    I don’t like the way Omega is using war as means of promotion.

    • SuperStrapper

      They aren’t. I suggest you read it again and untangle your panties.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Yes they are, and i don’t wear panties.

        • SuperStrapper

          Then you’re illiterate. It is clearly stated that the director put the watch in the movie, and no collaboration or participation from Omega was leveraged. Yet here you are vilifying Omega for cashing in on a tragedy.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Look Mr Strapper, am not getting into to some daft movie ( which won’t be better than saving private Ryan ) and who wore what when.Omega played a significant part of the war as did VW .Now let that be the end of it.

          • SuperStrapper

            Yranslation: I’m wrong and too ignorant to admit it, so I’ll just move the goalposts and suggest that the conversation is without merit.

          • Dinkee, H. O.

            DON’T CALL OTHER PEOPLE ON HERE IGNORANT! THAT IS NOT APPROPRIATE. YOU HAVE BEEN FLAGGED.
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          • Moonraker

            I just wanted to let you know that I’m not H.O. Dinkee. I’m aware I recently said something similar, in a joking way, on another thread. So I wanted to make sure to clear that up right now, just in case you thought that I might be him. I know we go back and forth sometimes. To be honest, you do piss me off a little every once in a while but most of the time I’m just joking around with you. I think you know your stuff, I bear no ill will towards you. I hope the feeling’s mutual. I suspect it might not be, but have a good day regardless.

          • SuperStrapper

            I wasn’t responding to you?

          • Moonraker

            Have you blocked Dinkee and you can’t see what he’s said to you in this thread, or am I not allowed to address you?

          • SuperStrapper

            It’s barely 7am here and while I’ve been up for a while I’m still in coffee mode, so I apologise but I think I’m missing a joke.

            I don’t block any one. Ignorance is bliss only for the soft of mind. Have you ever been out and come across a kid that needed nothing but a backhand? Whining and tugging at mom for candy or ice cream or a toy or whatever. Obviously undisciplined due to being largely unwanted and shunned, leading to outbursts and attention seeking; possibly a hormonal and/or chemical imbalance? You know how you’re aware of this person but don’t feel the need to engage? That’s our pet skeletor/dinkee/windowlicker.

          • Dinkee, H. O.

            STOP THE NAME CALLING! I HAVE FLAGGED YOU AS GUILTY OF VIOLATION THE POLICY ON COMMENTS.
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      • Dinkee, H. O.

        aBlogtoWatch Comment Policy:
        Statements which promote a hostile or unwelcoming environment are not accepted on aBlogtoWatch.

        YOU HAVE BEEN FLAGGED
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        • Phil leavell

          Yo dinky I see you haven’t made any friends yet damn that must suck. Okay I’m in making offer I’ll be your friend but first you do my first round of chemo and let me know how it goes asshole. The flag this

    • ObjectOriented?

      What.

      Is.

      You?

  • WolverBilly

    Like with the Moon Watch (the First Watch to fail on the moon), it’s amazing how Omega has become so important and legendary ever since internet watch forums, blogs and youtube channels have sprung up (not to mention the use of what must be a staggering movie & TV product placement budget). I was alive and well in the 60s and 70s, and the watches weren’t exactly well thought of, especially Seamasters and Speedmasters. The latters leaked, and the former wasn’t very accurate or reliable. But now everything Omega is legendary, and even James Bond has one! Perhaps they are in fact the perfect watch for the online world. These poor kids believe everything they read, and have had so much marketing since birth they don’t know bullshit when they see it. I really think Omega is the worst. If their watches were so good, why did they go under twice? Why don’t they hold their value? Why are they so freakin’ fat and ugly? Why do they use the co-axial movement while far more knowledgable companies passed on it? And if they were actually used by so many WWII aviators, where are all these watches now? Could it be the story I read about most pilots chucking their Omegas and getting other watches that they actually liked and trusted was true? I share Brother Wilkie’s outrage, but it’s not just products. War itself has been sold for over a century as a glorious undertaking, when combat veterens I’ve known think it’s mankind’s worst invention; that it should never be glorified in any fashion. It is a times a necessary evil, but an evil nevertheless.

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  • Yanko

    When I graduated from high school in 1978 my parents gave me a Seiko 5. 4 years later I graduated from college. This time my parents gave me an Omega. The Omega lasted 3 years and died one morning. It was repaired many, many times and it was never an Omega anymore. I am still wearing the Seiko.

    • Ross Diljohn

      Sounds familiar.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        I think the Swatch Group brands are now even worse than in 1978. I unfortunately had to see an enormous decline in quality in particular in Tissots and Certinas. Horribly cheap plastic movements (Quartz and mechanical), cheap gaskets and an overall crappy quality. The movements that were in Tissots a few years ago are now promoted in Longines and tey obviously developped incredible trash for Tissots. Due to the plastic movements a simple shock at the crown causes a major damage and sometimes even the crown falls off. The lack of stones reduces the battery change intervalls and makes battery replacement necessary after a year.

    • I still have the Seiko 5 my grandfather gave me 30 years ago, going strong — my Omega Constellation that is 25 years old died 10 years ago and Omega wanted 1600 euros to replace the movement (they couldn’t repair it).

    • TrevorXM

      Yes, the early 1980’s were dark days for the Swiss watch industry and quality suffered greatly. All kinds of crazy take-overs and bail-outs and bad designs and workers losing hope. It was about that time that Seiko was in talks to buy Omega! No wonder your Omega was a lemon.

    • My 1968 high school graduation present was an Omega Dynamic. Caliber 752 (IIRC). This was serviced for the first time in 2000, and still runs quite well. Day/date setting gearing is no longer perfect. No parts were available in 2000. But it still works fine with a little patience. I’ve always found watches to be like a box of chocolates. You can never really be sure what you are going to get.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/45842099f0ad9c6ad755754ac14add48e906d1d548a8b1a673c4aa1821356003.jpg

    • IG

      Cool story bro

      • Yanko

        Thanks

  • Ross Diljohn

    Nicolas Hayek stormed the beaches of Normandy in 44. True story.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Swatch you think would have happened if he died ?

      • Moonraker

        Nomega
        Breguain’t
        Glashütte Itsoveryall

        • DanW94

          Don’t forget;
          Gonegines
          Hamno’ton
          Midon’t

          • Moonraker

            Damn, I spent a lot of time trying to get a good one for Longines. Good job! Mi-dead! 🙂

          • Mikita

            Uncertina! Love it 🙂

      • Sure. JCB would have done it. With even a better stock ownership deal.

      • Ross Diljohn

        He did die but he rose again on the third day and saved the entire high end watch industry all by himself from the sins of their manufacturers. At least that is the way Nicolas Hayek Jr tells it.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          You totally missed on my play on words.

          • Ross Diljohn

            Yes I did. But I’m not ashamed in the least.

  • Hands90
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      • Moonraker

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        • I kinda want to click on that link of yours now — but something tells me I shouldn’t.

          • Moonraker

            I always test my fake links because I don’t want to screw people over in the course of a goofy joke. Trust me, it goes nowhere. No need to click.

          • OK now i REALLY need to click it. Here goes.

          • Moonraker

            HAHA, fool you! 🙂

          • Mikita

            Oh no! I’ve installed 4 antiviruses, 3 antimalware blocks and turned the firewall on, and you say it still could penetrate through?

          • Moonraker

            Gay Russian bears strong!

          • Mikita

            Thanks, dude. I was sweating because of being damn curious, but afraid to open it 🙂

    • It will probably come up for sale next week……..

  • Moonraker

    Man, Kenny’s putting in a lot of hard work lately. Good job, Kenny. About the watch, you’d think the two crowns would be hard to use, especially with gloves, due to how close together they are.

  • Those pilots must have had amazing eyesight. I can’t imagine reading the time on the 2129 with those tiny stick hands — especially inside a cockpit with poor lighting conditions. It’d be easier to guess the time from the Sun itself.

    Now that 2444 however, sure is a beauty.

  • BNABOD

    Dunkerque because really that is the name not Dunkirk nor Dunkin Donuts was a tough place to be for the Brits, French, Belgians and Canadians against overwhelming German forces. A total of 40,000 casualties on both sides and over 300 aircraft lost and a crap load of bravery. to me that is what it is about not a watch. Sure we can discuss the Omega watch in the context of war but it tends to dilute the bloody mess this battle was. puts things in perspective.

  • The 2129 is one of the first instances (of which I’m aware) that an external timing bezel was used on a wrist watch. Anyone aware of anything earlier? Anyone know what the “first” one was (give or take)?

  • Very interesting historical review Kenny. Thanks!

  • mrdanhewson

    The these Omegas are sweet. Absolutely love the CK2444 with some nice patina 🙂 I’ve seen a couple good examples on Ashton-Blakey for reasonable $ – good read!

  • Pete L

    Great article and some beautiful vintage watches. Thanks Kenny.
    Many seem annoyed that Omega are glorifying war or using it to market themselves – I may be wrong here but this article is not Omega led?
    An interesting article about the history of watches but more directly marketing the movie and not the watch company. The director wanted authenticity so picked a recognisable make that was accurately used at the time I think so not sure if Omega paid anything for product placement? Whilst they do this a lot I don’t begrudge them as that is the way the world turns these days and it may even raise awareness of the soldiers that gave their lives for us all those years ago. My grandfather was at Dunkirk and witnessed first hand the nightmare that happened.
    I was fortunate enough to be given a hand me down Omega when I was a teen (early 70’s Geneve which i regret selling now) which aside from servicing and a couple of minor repairs due to the occasional door handle was a great watch. I have since had a Seamaster that has performed faultlessly for 17 years now so I am a great fan of Omega because of how good they are rather than because James Bond wears one!