Omega 53 6b/542

£ 2,450
This watch was ordered by the Royal Air Force in 1952 from Omega - they laid down a comprehensive specification for a robust, highly accurate, waterproof, anti-magnetic wrist watch to be supplied to navigators and pilots. These watches were supplied by Omega in 1953, consequently they’re referred to amongst military watch collectors as Omega ’53s.

The order from Omega was for just 5,900 piece and these were regarded as tools by the servicemen they were issued to, consequently it is rare to find one in as good condition as this example. Additionally at 37mm diameter, they’re large by 1950s standards and so are eminently wearable.

The watches were constructed using the top quality Omega calibre 283, a highly accurate movement which would have been relied on for navigation purposes. The inner casing and dial of the watch was made from soft iron in order to create a faraday cage around the movement to protect it from the effects of the magnetic fields in a 1950s plane cockpit.

These watches were originally issued with a slightly different dial that used radium luminous compound. In the early 1960s the Ministry Of Defence realised the potential health hazard that large stockpiles of these watches presented. Consequently they refinished the dials using the inert tritium luminous compound, hence the encircled T on the dial.

This watch is in great condition, the movement is very clean and has been serviced and is keeping excellent time. The dial has some very slight bubbling around the ‘4’ marker, but otherwise a superb example of this watch.

We aim to dispatch all watch orders within 2-3 working days, where this isn't possible, we will try to inform you via email.

When your order is dispatched your tracking details will be updated.

Please allow extra processing time for watches with a customised engraving or strap, during busy sales periods this can sometimes take an extra 5-10 working days.

If you are in a hurry for your watch, please email us.

Shipping guide for watches:

UK: FREE DPD shipping, 1-2 working days
United States & Canada: FREE Fedex shipping, 1-3 working days
The EU: FREE DHL Express shipping, 1-3 working days

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Shipping guide for straps (unless purchased with a watch): 

Free Royal Mail 1st Class / International tracked shipping, 2-14 working days depending on location. You can see a more accurate timescale when you input your address at the checkout.

Shipping guide for t-shirts

All t-shirts on our website are now printed and shipped by an external supplier inside the UK. This means that if you place an order for both a watch and a t-shirt, they will be shipped separately.

Our supplier uses a Royal Mail tracked service for all shipments and this usually takes a little longer than our watches. You can see an estimated timescale when you input your address at the checkout.


Please note, during busy sale periods dispatch may take a little longer (this is quite rare). These delivery times are a guide based on the carriers terms of service, products may, in some unusual cases take longer to arrive. If this happens, please get in touch. 

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