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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1941
    Reference No: CK 2077
    Movement No: 9’387’465
    Case No: 9’979’081
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 33.3 CHRO, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming the date of production on September 29, 1941.
    Literature: Similar examples of this reference prominently illustrated in Omega Watches, John Goldberger, pg. 76-79 and pg. 81

  • Catalogue Essay

    When reference CK 2077 was first launched in 1937, it was Omega’s first water resistant chronograph. In hindsight it can also be considered a turning point in the firm’s history.

    Made in 1941, this lot is a wonderful example of the reference, and despite its age, has managed to survive decades with hardly any signs of wear. The watch retains excellent proportions, crisp edges, and sharp lines along the bezel and lugs. The screw-down caseback is engraved “Waterproof Modele Deposé”, as the method was still a new and exciting concept during the time of its manufacture. To some extent, this model must have been the “SUV” chronograph of its time, as it reunites a highly robust and water protected case construction with a dial featuring all the necessary and known scales an active wearer may need.

    The bi-colored, multi-scale dial is highly charismatic, and when exposed to certain lighting conditions, radiates a multitude of appealing hues. Not only does the dial feature a tachometer scale, but it also incorporates a telemeter and pulsation scale. All three scales are in different colors for easy visibility, which also gives the watch superb character. Its substantial diameter of 38mm was significantly oversized for the time period, but now is considered ideal amongst collectors today.

  • 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 2077
An extremely rare, highly attractive and large stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with charismatic black and grey colored dial, tachometer, telemeter and pulsation scales.

38mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for CHF68,750

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START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs

Geneva Auction 14 May 2016