Omega - START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs Geneva Friday, May 13, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1970
    Reference No: ST 146.011-69
    Movement No: 29’147’302
    Model Name: Seamaster Chronostop “Bullhead”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 930, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega buckle
    Dimensions: 42.5mm width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed.
    Accessories: The present watch is accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming production date on October 19, 1970 and delivery to Germany.
    Literature: A similar example of this reference is prominently illustrated in Omega Watches, John Goldberger, pg. 168.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Omega is widely recognized for their innovative watch designs. One of their most eccentric watch designs is the so-called “Bullhead” originally made in the late 1960s. So powerful was its design, Omega recently decided to reissue three versions of this cult-classic, paying homage to the original that is currently being offered in the present lot.

    The condition of the present example is considered “New Old Stock” – as good as it gets with a vintage watch. The crisp case finishing is as if it came fresh out of the Omega factory today. Housed inside is the manual-wind caliber 930, a worthy timekeeper for racing enthusiasts to measure elapsed time during a competition. The layout of the watch features the chronograph pushers at the top, hence the name “bullhead”, for easy accessibility when the wearer’s hands are on a steering wheel. The crown at 12 o’clock serves to wind the mainspring and set the hours and minutes, while the second crown at 6 o’clock controls the inner revolving bezel. The watch is presented on its original strap, which was made specifically to accommodate the singular positioning of the crowns.

    The Bullhead’s substantial asymmetrical case design combined with its colorful dial is immediately recognizable upon first glance. Original examples such as the present one are considered to be amongst the rarest and most collectible chronographs ever produced by Omega.

  • 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. ST 146.011-69
An extremely rare, unusual and oversized asymmetrical stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with golden brown colored dial, aperture for date, and revolving inner bezel.

42.5mm width
Case, dial and movement signed.

CHF6,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF11,250

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START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs

Geneva Auction 14 May 2016