Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

9 Omega Unusual and Special Chronograph Wristwatch in Steel, Reference CK 987, With Black Glossy Multiscale Dial

Estimate: € 20,000 –⁠ 40,000

Sold € 27,300

Lot Description

Model: Chronograph
Material: Stainless Steel
Reference N°: CK 987
Year: 1941
Case N°: 9977749
Caliber: 33.3 CHRO
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 9387819
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 37.5 mm
Signed: Dial, case, movement
Accessories: Extract from the archives

Omega began its journey in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland from the visionary idea of Louis Brandt who decided to open a small workshop in 1848. Until Brandt’s son took the reins of the company after the death of Louis, business was of modest entities, but since 1879 we witnessed a change of pace that made Omega one of the most important watch houses in the world. In 1930, Omega and Tissot merged to form the SSIH group (Société Suisse pour l’Industrie Horlogère) with the aim of marketing high-quality Swiss watches. Omega would maintain its position in the medium-high luxury segment and Tissot would target the medium market. Over the years, the company acquired a number of Swiss brands and movement manufacturers, including Lemania in 1932. Only one year later, Omega introduced one of the most important calibers of its history: the 33.3. This manual winding movement was firstly introduced as a mono pusher in 1933 but was later readapted and used for two pushers chronographs given birth to the first water-resistant watch. It was manufactured in a run of close to 20 years has been equipped on beautiful cases sometimes bearing special design dials. The present lot is one of the most fascinating we had the chance to see in recents year. The stainless steel circular case with rounded edges is simply perfect for proportions and preservation. The olive shaped pushers and the worked winding crown fit perfectly in the structure. Moving the gaze towards the dial, one is fascinated by the beauty of its composition: a glossy black color spread on the background while above it the tachometer and telemetric scales stand out together with the two subsidiary dials and the second scale in a symphony of colors ranging from bright orange to pink coral passing through a yellow sand. The present watch is also accompanied by the extract from the archives confirming its production on 13th May 1941. Omega boasts a vast history of production of absolute level timepieces: precise and elegant, its models have often been synonymous with reliability and efficiency and this lot is possibly one of the nicest demonstration of craftsmanship ever produced by Omega.