As the movie “Dunkirk” — directed by Christopher Nolan — is being screened in cinemas across the country we see an Omega CK2129 watch on the wrist of Tom Hardy’s RAF character. The concept for this movie, which portrays the allied soldiers who risked their lives at Dunkirk and throughout the war, is not just about having a watch on the RAF wrist, but about having the right watch for the era on his wrist. According to Omega, 2,000 of these CK2129 watches were delivered to the UK’s Ministry of Defense at the start of the war. The watch was made to be particularly easy to read for pilots thanks to its cream-colored dial, large Arabic numerals and bold hands.
The CK2129 was the most commonly worn Omega watch for RAF personnel in the early days of the Second World War. The watch boasted a rotating bezel that enabled the timing of specific intervals, helpful when planning bombing raids or other attacks. That bezel could also be locked by the watch’s second crown so that the timing wouldn’t be affected by accidental bangs or knocks during combat.
Later in the war, Omega unveiled the CK2444 — recognized for its extreme water resistance.The Ministry of Defense was so impressed that it had the caseback engraved with w.w.w.– standing for Waterproof Wrist Watch. There was also a Broad Arrow marking on the dial and on the caseback to reference the British military. These watches laid the ground work for Omega, and served as the launching platform for the iconic Seamaster collection. Today, Omega continues to build top-quality instrument timepieces in its Seamaster, Speedmaster and other collections.