The Culling Collection of Military Watches

Date of Auction: 9th June 2020

Sold for £1,200

Estimate: £500 - £700

British military: An RAF pilot’s/navigator’s wristwatch, by Omega, 1940s, the signed silvered dial with black Arabic numerals and outer seconds track, blued steel hands including centre sweep seconds hand, the signed 16 jewel movement numbered ‘9822987’, the alloy case with steel snap on back bearing British military issue broad arrow pheon and numbered ‘6B/159 A31258‘, to a later brown leather strap with gilt buckle, dial diameter 29.5mm. £500-£700


RAF watches from this period were supplied by a number of manufacturers including Omega, Jaeger Le-Coultre and Longines, the watches followed a standard specification which included a white dial with black Arabic numerals, centre seconds and blued steel non-luminous hands. These watches are referred to by their stores’ reference number: 6B/159. In line with the budget restrictions during the war, the cases were an economy chrome finish with snap on stainless steel backs.