The venerable 30T2 with blued steel Pontife hands - what's not to like?
Omega was hugely successful during WW2 producing robust and accurate military watches indeed the British military alone bought 100,000 of them. The legacy of this was the introduction of the civilian Seamaster in 1948.
This watch is one of the first to have the newly designed 30T2 movement which was introduced in 1940. This movement together with its derivatives are credited as being instrumental to the success of Omega during the following 25 years.
It's not a military watch although it could quite easily have been an officers dress watch, who knows! The dial has mellowed with characteristic patina over the years. There are applied Roman numerals at 2, 4, 8, 10, 12 and these are interspersed with dots for the remaining hours. At first glace they are black, however, they are in fact gold coloured. The elegant blued steel Pontife hands are somewhat rare now. The matching seconds hand with its cute counter balance sits in a small sunken sub-dial at 6. This has a Guilloche finish of decreasing concentric circles. Signed Omega together with the Omega logo, both in black. The acrylic is in good condition. The surface of the crown is worn and I doubt whether this is original.
The stainless steel case is in very good condition, free of any dints or scratches - just normal age-related wear. The lugs are still finely defined. The case-back is fully marked Omega on the inside. The diameter of the case is a shade over 32mm which is a little on the small side compared to the average 34mm 1950s Seamaster. That said, the dial size is pretty much the same (the difference being the width of the bezel) so it still has great wrist presence.
The 30T2 runs well currently at about one minute slow per day.
Comes with a modest, slightly used, non-Omega black strap.
1940 Omega 30T2 Superb Pontife Hands
Year 1939 - 1943 Case Metal Stainless steel Back Metal Stainless steel Back Type Snap Diameter* 32.4 Length** 38.6 Power Manual Calibre 30T2
*mm excluding crown
**mm tip of lug to tip of lug