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  1. sgtpry

    sgtpry Mar 16, 2020

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    WFH with Grey-dial, Rail-minute track Omega Suverän from the 1944

    Thanks @kyle L !

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    “Interested in the history of the omega Suverän? Ive collected all the information i could find on the internet!

    Here is part 1 (backgrounds)

    Information and history about the model: Sweden have stayed out of direct war since the Napoleonic Wars and declared itself neutral, even during the two major world wars. But in order to maintain neutrality, Sweden had to undergo a difficult balancing act. It was about keeping up the good faith with all the parties in the war. The Germans therefore could buy iron ore from Sweden, which was vital for their war industry, while the English were supplied with ball bearing and air defense cannons from the Swedish industry. Switzerland, which was also neutral during the war, did the same, sending watches to both the allies, most to the United Kingdom. But also, the Axis countries. At one point, a British member declared that if Sweden ceased its steel export to Germany, the war could be over within six months. The British government even promised to protect Sweden against a possible German invasion if they stopped trading with Germany. But after seeing Britain's failed attempts to protect France and Norway, the Swedish state worried that the same thing would happen again. Sweden was forced to choose between a possible invasion from Germany or a possible stop in trade with Germany, which was not appealing. Winston Churchill had no sympathy for this and described Sweden as the small, cowardly nation. Meanwhile, the Swedish government called upon the Swedish citizens to help build their military defense. The government called for help on three separate occasions, they wanted the population to buy government bonds, which could help fund and equip the defense, this was called a defense loan. The government received a total of 794 million in the first, 609 million in the second and in the last defense loan 915 million.


    Part 2 This is where the success story starts with the Omega Suverän. Thanks to propaganda and great enthusiasm, many companies agreed to help raise funds for the state treasure. It is thanks to the defense loan that the idea of Omega Officer and Omega Suverän is born. The year is 1940 and the war is dangerously close to Sweden. In Stockholm, the country's political and military leaders gather for councils. Prime Minister Per-Albin Hansson seeks to reassure his citizens with the message that: "Sweden's preparedness is good", while he commands the commander-in-chief General Thörnell to: "urgently equip the defense with the best equipment that can be bought". For the need for accurate time measurement to synchronize the artillery, infantry and aircraft operations, the defense is turning to Montres Omega SA. At the company J.P Brandt AB works a Martin Lodenius (b. 1897), who is Omega's Swedish publisher and agent for Omega. He has worked at the company since the days of youth and at this time he is the owner of the company. He devoted his life to time and time measurement, and together with Omega and the Swedish military, new Omega watches are produced. For selected units of the defense, Omega supplies the newly developed wristwatch which is named "Officer". These are sold to the military between 1940-1942. These watches had five different original dials and had Omega's caliber 26.5 in different constellations, and had either model no. CK 2299, CK 2165 or CK 2988.


    Part 3 A civilian version with the same good performance is also supplied by Omega during the first half of the 1940s. This version is only sold in Sweden as a form of war bond under the name "Suverän". The name hints at the neutrality and inviolability that characterizes Sweden during this time period. This watch was significantly larger than the officer's watch. In the advertisements they described that Omega Suverän delivered the same punctuality as a good pocket watch. One reason why these watches were launched from Omega and Switzerland was to help Sweden break the dependency from Germany. Switzerland was also a neutral country during this period and Omega's watches did not have an export ban during the Second World War, however, they had to take the watch orders via flight to Portugal and then forward. But in one of the Omega Suverän ads it says there has been an export stop. Could also have been that they have run out of stock, as they were extremely popular in Sweden. In the ads there are different prices, 146 SEK (Swedish currency), 147 SEK and 139.5 SEK. In today's account, there will be about 3000 SEK. This was probably the early years, later they were sold for 239.5 SEK in 1946. Which will be about 5,000 SEK. They were sold by the Stjärn urmakarna, who are still active in Sweden today, unfortunately they do not sell Omega today.

    Part 4 Omega Suverän comes with caliber 30T2 in various constellations. One that is considered by many omega enthusiasts to be one of their absolute most robust movements. The Omega Suverän has only three different case backs. The Suverän has Swedish text on the back. On the other hand, there are a lot of dial variations. An enthusiast has compiled a list of different dials that he has found on different forums. There are two different reference numbers for the Omega Sovereign, CK 2400 which has the sub second, and the more unusual CK 2425 which has a center second. The watch measures 35mm without a crown, which was considered big for a civilian watch at this time.

    Martin Lodenius son Sören Lodenius sold F.P Brandt in 1970 after his father's death. What if Martin Lodenius knew that the model he developed would have a success story nationally and internationally as a real collector's item. What we also have to keep in mind is that Omega has long been major and important suppliers to Sweden, which is why many models are featured on Swedish watch forums and auctions. Some old brochures were created in Swedish and several have Swedish text on the case backs. What is interesting about this story is that the Officer and, above all, the Suverän is a reminder and an important artifact from a time when Sweden was in need, in the crisis in which Europe ended up in.”
     
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  2. abrod520

    abrod520 Mar 16, 2020

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    You're off to a great start by potentially magnetizing it right out of the gate ::bleh::
     
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  3. Vitezi

    Vitezi Mar 16, 2020

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  4. OmegaRookie

    OmegaRookie Mar 16, 2020

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    My buddy Fergus slimed my watch again......
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  5. wagudc

    wagudc Mar 16, 2020

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    I believe that particular model is rated for 600 dog slimings. After that it is best to take it in for a service.
     
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  6. fraglerock

    fraglerock Mar 16, 2020

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    4D701B25-6C6E-48CC-BF15-057D3112309A.jpeg Working from home
     
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  7. maanu

    maanu Mar 16, 2020

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    Vintage Diver today.
     
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  8. pseikotick

    pseikotick Mar 16, 2020

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    Watching The Pacific. Semper Fi. Do or die.
    Hamilton 39108 usmc issued. Also 39102 0812EDF1-5F4A-4239-8099-B82A29BCE548.jpeg E6087BD8-CDAA-4BCD-94FF-88A8C5B726CD.jpeg
     
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  9. red1108nyc

    red1108nyc Mar 16, 2020

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    Explorer

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  10. wagudc

    wagudc Mar 16, 2020

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    Nice watches. I have watched the Pacific twice now. I cànnot imagine the sacrifice those fellows made.
     
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  11. base615

    base615 Mar 16, 2020

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  12. JSK3

    JSK3 Mar 16, 2020

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    Maybe it’s just the lighting but that looks like a titanium PO? What’s the reference number on that? Any insight to how it wears compared to a speedy pro?
     
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  13. sgtpry

    sgtpry Mar 16, 2020

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    ooppss :whistling:
     
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  14. MRC

    MRC Mar 16, 2020

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    Ooooo a Mini-Moke! Very 1960s, as is the clothing.

    Would I be right in thinking you are the athletic-looking youth with his back to the camera?
     
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  15. Pun

    Pun Mar 17, 2020

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    Cartier Santos Medium 2018
     
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  16. base615

    base615 Mar 17, 2020

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    ^ One of only 2 two-tone watches I like. This one I like because it's beautiful and the two metals really suit it, the other is the Polaris which I like because it looks cool in it's complete ugliness :)
     
  17. Pun

    Pun Mar 17, 2020

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    Yes, you have very succinctly said what many of us, no doubt, would agree.

    This model has a vintage vibes that reminds me of 60s and 70s fashion.
     
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  18. jaguar11

    jaguar11 Mar 17, 2020

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    Good morning in these turbulent times....
     
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  19. jaguar11

    jaguar11 Mar 17, 2020

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    No 16800?
     
  20. septentrio

    septentrio Mar 17, 2020

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