Omega - START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs Geneva Friday, May 13, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1938
    Reference No: CK 987
    Movement No: 9’381’453
    Case No: 9’554’839
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 33.3 CHRO, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 37mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of production on July 14, 1938 and delivery to the United Kingdom.
    Literature: For a similar example of this watch see Omega Watch, John Goldberger, pg. 71.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Omega enjoys a well-deserved reputation for excellence thanks to its continuous devotion to timekeeping precision and accuracy since its founding in 1848. Perhaps best known today for its Speedmaster family of chronographs introduced in 1957, Omega was producing superb chronograph wristwatches beginning decades earlier – as exemplified
    by the present lot from 1938.

    Fitted with a magnificent and flawless enamel dial, it features multiple, colored scales used to measure speed and distance. Elegant italicized Arabic hour numerals along with blued steel Breguet hands provide great legibility while evoking the timeless styling of the 1930s.

    The generously proportioned case houses a manual-winding chronograph controlled by only two buttons - a highly sought after execution appreciated by seasoned collectors for its elegant simplicity. The timepiece is further enhanced by its superb state of preservation, showing minimal signs of use in its past. Omega wristwatches with enamel dials are difficult to find, and when found in such lovely condition as the present lot, they are certain to impress collectors of all types.

  • Artist Biography


    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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Ref. CK 987
A very fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with enamel dial and three-colored tachometer scale.

37mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF21,250

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START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs

Geneva Auction 14 May 2016