The Omega Suveran: A Cash Cow for the Swedish Government In the 1940s

Some of the most interesting watches out there are the ones that were only available in certain markets. These watches offer a unique opportunity to own something tangible that often represents a particular time in that nation's history, whether it be Japan's admiration of American Astronauts, the glamour of a pre-Castro Cuba, or Germany rebuilding itself after World War II. The watch we have found for you fits the bill perfectly.

Since the end of the Napoleonic wars, Sweden has declared itself a completely neutral nation when it came to conflicts in Europe. During WWII, this pact was put to the test and while Sweden never offered troops to either Germany or the Allies, they did provide Germany with some critical resources, mostly in the form of Iron ore and ball bearings for use in tank turrets and machine guys. At one point, a British member of Parliament declared that if Sweden put a stop to Iron exports to Germany, the war would be over within six months. The British even promised protection from German invasion if they stopped trading with Germany.

Sweden, after witnessing Britain's failed attempts at protecting France and Norway, in addition to the fear of being cut-off from Germany like they were after World War I, continued to provide Germany with the resources they needed. Sweden was forced to choose between a potential invasion by Germany or potential economic back-lash from a halt in trade with Germany, neither was very attractive. Winston Churchill had no sympathy and called Sweden "That small, coward country".

So what does Sweden's faux-neutrality have to do with the watch we have found for you today? Well the Omega Suveran was actually made by another self-declared neutral nation (Switzerland) as a means to help Sweden's government regain some financial independence. How exactly? Well the Swedish government purchased these watches directly from Omega and then sold them to it citizens with considerable markups. The profits from each sale went directly to the Swedish government. The Suveran was extremely popular within Sweden and they are relatively hard to come by today (Swedens not that big).

The most popular version of the Suveran featured a "bulls-eye" face, and that is exactly what we have found for you today. Most of the bulls-eye faces have been retouched, this one has not. This watch features original everything (except for perhaps the crown, we're unsure of the Suveran crowns were signed or not). This watch features the workhorse Omega 30T2 PC mechanical movement, which is working flawlessly.

This Omega Suveran is being sold for a very reasonable $925.  This is a very fair price on what is something of a national heirloom and a great relic of World War II.  This particular piece is from 1946 and inscribed "OJ" on the back. 

Click here to see the details of this 1946 Omega Suveran, a watch that directly financed the Swedish government during and after World War II.