8 / 10
Delivered to US Army
Extremely well preserved
The present watch is extremely well preserved, with all its parts conform.
The amazing feature of this example regards its dial having aged beautifully over time with a very unique patina.
The case is sharp and unpolished. As confirmed by OMEGA, the current reference 2179/3 was produced in March 1945 and delivered to the U.S. Army – in accordance with the crisp “U.S. Army” engraving found on its caseback.
It represents a very nice opportunity for any collector of military watches.
A similar model has been sold in NYC by Phillips in December 2019 at 21.250 USD (including premium).
About the model
OMEGA’s reference 2179 was produced for both civilian (reference 2384) and military purposes in the early 1940s, and its overall design upholds those basic tenets of early military watch specifications.
Designed with an elegantly simple and legible luminous dial with sweeping center seconds to avoid clutter, a screw-down caseback, and a brushed steel case rather than polished steel. The syringe hands are seen on other military wristwatches of the era; however, the radial numerals are quite unusual and distinguish the military version.
The watch is fitted with the famous calibre 30T2, also used in the “Dirty Dozen” military watches issued to U.K. armed forces.
It is part of 10.000 pieces ordered by the US Army to OMEGA in January 1945, which were all delivered before May 1945.