Tom Hardy’s RAF character wears an Omega CK2129 in the film, which actually was a watch that British military would have been wearing at that time.
The CK2129 was the most commonly worn Omega watch for RAF personnel in the early days of the Second World War. Its rotating bezel was used by pilots and navigators during missions as it enabled the timing of specific intervals. On bombing raids, for example, these timing intervals became crucial.
The rotating bezel could also be locked by the watch’s second crown, so that the timing couldn’t be affected by accidental knocks.
Around 2,000 of the models had been delivered to the MoD at the start of the war. The watch was made to be particularly easy to read, which is why it featured a contrasting cream dial with clear Arabic numerals and poire hands.
Omega has become a supplier of military watches at the outbreak of World War I. The brand’s manufacturing ability meant that it could deliver high quantities of these precise wristwatches and pocket watches for service.
When warfare moved into the trenches, their wristwatch chronographs, which were amongst the first made, became essential tools for commanding officers. By timing the exact difference between the flash and sound of opposing gunfire, they were able to work out the distance between themselves and the enemy.
The UK/CK2292 – The Spitfire Watch
As the war progressed, Omega delivered more models to the MoD. The UK/CK2292 is perhaps the most famous and most widely used of all. These watches were supplied to the majority of RAF and Fleet Air Arm personnel. Inside was the innovative 30mm calibre, which had set numerous world precision records at observatory trials. It was far more resistant to magnetism due to a new alloy used in creating the balance spring. This greatly served the pilots flying the Hurricanes and Spitfires, who were sitting just two feet behind a huge magnetic field within their powerful engines.
The CK/2444 – The Waterproof Watch
Towards the end of World War II, as warfare moved towards the Pacific Ocean, another OMEGA watch came into service. The CK2444 became known for its superb water resistance. In fact, the MoD gave it the w.w.w engraving on the caseback, which stood for “Waterproof Wrist Watch”. There was also a Broad Arrow marking on the dial and caseback which was typical of the British military.