A rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black multi-scale dial and angled lugs

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1941
    Reference No: CK 2078
    Movement No: 9'390'055
    Case No: 9'979'457
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 28.9 CHRO, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 34mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Extract from the Archives confirming that the watch was delivered to the French Colonies on December 11, 1941.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Omega is certainly best known today for its iconic Speedmaster, yet in the 1940s the brand was making some of the most exciting chronographs of the period, at the same time technically and visually stimulating.

    The present watch, preserved in excellent condition with sharp faceted lugs houses the Omega cal. 28.9 CHRO.

    However, even more arresting is the rare multi- scale black glossy dial printed in different shades of gold and copper providing for a fully vibrant and theatrical effect. Furthermore, the dial is stamped "Fab. Suisse", which collectors identify as signifying the watch was to be imported in France. This is particularly important and fitting as the dial is also stamped "Télémètre" in French, which is correct as the watch was sold to the French "Colonies".

    The cylindrical case and seeming lack of bezel give this watch an immense presence on the wrist. An impressive and enticing watch in more ways than one, the present lot will delight the amateur of fine designs.

  • Maker Bio

    Omega

    Swiss • 1848

    Omega's rich history begins with its founder, Louis Brandt, who established the firm in 1848 in La Chaux de Fonds. In 1903, the company changed its name to Omega, becoming the only watch brand in history to have been named after one its own movements. A full-fledged manufacturer of highly accurate, affordable and reliable watches, its sterling reputation enabled them to be chosen as the first watch company to time the Olympic Games beginning in 1932. Its continued focus on precision and reliability ultimately led their Speedmaster chronograph wristwatch to be chosen by NASA in 1965 — the first watch worn on the moon.

    Key models sought-after by collectors include their first, oversized water-resistant chronograph — the reference 2077, early Speedmaster models such as the CK 2915 and 2998, military-issued versions of the Seamaster and oversized chronometer models such as those fitted with their prestigious caliber 30T2Rg.

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Omega

Ref. CK 2078
A rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black multi-scale dial and angled lugs

1941
34mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF12,000 - 18,000 
€10,400-15,500
$12,400-18,600

sold for CHF25,000

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017