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    The story of the Omega watch in Dunkirk



    The story of the Omega watch in Dunkirk (10.06.2019)
    https://timeandtidewatches.com/omega...m-hardy-story/

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    Thanks for posting, interesting article, I like the attention to detail with the boot laces!!

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    I enjoyed that, ta for posting.

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    I may have missed it in the article, but, what does the second crown do? Turn the bezel?

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    That was a good read - thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammer2016 View Post
    I may have missed it in the article, but, what does the second crown do? Turn the bezel?
    Yes it does...see link for:

    The Omega CK-2129 6B/159 ‘Weems’ which was produced for use during WWII by both navigators and pilots in the early days of the Battle of Britain. According to Omega, around 2000 of this version of the 6B/159 were ordered and issued, after it was decided that a rotating bezel would make calculations significantly easier during flights. The piece would features two crowns, the upper to adjust the time, while the lower is used to rotate the bezel. The decision to use a crown operated bezel was to reduce the likelihood of navigational mistakes being made, if the bezel were to be knocked out of place unknowingly.


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    Edit Updates below. Almost certainly it does not turn the bezel.
    Last edited by PickleB; 12th June 2019 at 13:33.

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    I understood that the second crown was a bezel lock rather than to rotate but you learn something new every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by size11s View Post
    I understood that the second crown was a bezel lock rather than to rotate but you learn something new every day.
    I think you're right. On many of the watches there is a locking piece under the screw down crown that makes this obvious. See this link for examples and also"The Omega, Zenith and Movado 6B 159 all used the same case, with a cam lever set into the case at 4 o'clock to lock the bezel" that appears to be used in this instance.

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    Interesting that Springbar article, thanks for posting it.

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    I also thought that the second crown was for locking the bezel.

    I have never seen an external bezel being turned by a crown...

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    This is my Longines Weems. The second crown doesn't turn the bezel. You turn the bezel to set the seconds (because the movement doesn't hack) and the second crown locks it.

    The case is 32mm. With the current trend towards big watches it always amuses me when small cased watches are described by some as "ladies watches". These were actually used by navigators in Lancaster bombers in WW2.


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    Quote Originally Posted by trident-7 View Post
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    The case is 32mm. With the current trend towards big watches it always amuses me when small cased watches are described by some as "ladies watches". These were actually used by navigators in Lancaster bombers in WW2.
    It's even worse when they describe them as "boy's watches"...

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