A very rare and unusual stainless steel triple calendar wristwatch with moonphases, Persian calendar and numerals

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1955
    Reference No: 2486-1
    Movement No: 13'386'263
    Case No: 17
    Model Name: "Cosmic"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 381, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega pin buckle
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch on November 24, 1955 and delivery to Iran.
    Literature: Another example of a Omega Cosmic but with Arabian calendar and moon phases in 14K gold filled case and black dial, is illustrated in Omega Watches by John Goldberger, p. 62.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A stalwart in Omega’s production the triple calendar moonphase model also known as the “Cosmic” came in different case sizes and designs.

    The singularity of the present Omega reference 2486-1 is immediately recognizable thanks to the superb condition of the large 37mm steel case with faceted downturned lugs and “exotic” dial magnificent in its ethereal hue.

    The present watch is one of the extremely rare models (regardless of brand) to feature Hindu numerals and even rarer day and month indication in Persian. This is also confirmed by the Omega archives as the watch was delivered to Iran in 1955.

    The numerals are silvered and the he ultramarine blue outer scale color that indicates the day is perfectly matching the calendar hand.

    The present watch is charged with an old world suave personality giving us a glimpse into the bygone era of the “mysterious Orient”.

    A close cousin to Rolex’s iconic triple calendar moonphase reference 8171, its overall stunning looks, amazing condition and ultra-rare Persian calendar make this Omega a must have for the collector of rare and exotic timepieces.

  • 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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Ref. 2486-1
A very rare and unusual stainless steel triple calendar wristwatch with moonphases, Persian calendar and numerals

1955
37mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 30,000 
€17,100-25,700
$21,200-31,800

sold for CHF156,250

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 81
aghotbi@phillips.com

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