Like the course of human events, the history of everyday things is often marked by war. Tools and technologies we use every day were forged in wartime and repurposed for civilian use. Radar and sonar, programmable computers, nylon, jet engines, even the Slinky, were all developed during the Second World War and then employed in the civilian realm once the war had ended.
Watches are no exception. In the Second World War, the British Ministry of Defense saw the need for their armed forces to have durable timepieces that could withstand the rigors of combat while keeping accurate time. The "Watch Wristlet Waterproof," one of the Dirty Dozen produced by twelve watch manufacturers for general issue from 1945 to 1948, combined a spartan exterior with a robust, no-frills movement. Omega's contribution to the Dirty Dozen contained the redoubtable Caliber 30T2, an extremely dependable and reliable movement that would remain in production until the 1960s and play a great role in Omega's post-war success and reputation.
As Europe entered into the post-WW2 recovery period, the Swiss watch industry resumed production of fine timepieces after years of fulfilling defense contracts. In keeping with the austere designs of the military watches of the 1940s, the clean lines and ornamentation of the Art Deco style faded away to a more utilitarian aesthetic inspired by military timepieces. This resulted in beautifully clean and understated watches to suit the tastes of returning G.I.’s.
This watch, the Reference 2487, houses a Caliber 266, which used the Caliber 30T2 as a base. The Reference 2487 has a wide, open dial and a stainless steel case that, at 38mm, is a perfect size for the modern collector. With distinctive clawed lugs, the Reference 2487 will add a certain flair to any ensemble.
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