An extremely rare and impressive platinum automatic wristwatch with center seconds, date, co-axial escapement, salmon dial, Guarantee and box. Number 34 of a 99 pieces limited edition

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1999
    Reference No: 39905006
    Movement No: 56'662'180
    Case No: 60'338'809, lim ed. no.: 34/99
    Model Name: De Ville Co-Axial
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2500, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Omega alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Omega deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, clasp and strap signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Certificate of Authenticity, Guarantee card stamped by Omega boutique in Bienne, product literature, document holder and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    George Daniels is the undisputed horological lighthouse of 20th century. Not only is he recognised as a technical master, he was undoubtedly the first of what is today a prominent category in the market: independent watchmakers. Daniels’ legacy is beyond remarkable, and arguably his masterpiece - from a technical standpoint - is the co-axial escapement. A truly innovative device, it was invented by Daniels in 1974 and patented in 1980. The first truly new escapement since the invention of the lever escapement in the 18th century by Thomas Mudge, it dramatically reduces - nearly cancels - friction for improved performance and durability. 

    Daniels sold the patent to Omega in 1993 and was personally involved in the 6 year design and perfecting process which yielded in 1999 the first three watches featuring the new escapement: two gold versions in yellow and rose gold (each limited to 999 pieces) and an ultra-limited 99 pieces series in platinum, exemplified by the present watch.

    Offered in excellent condition and complete with all its accessories, the present watch is a momentous opportunity for the connoisseur of fine watchmaking to own a truly revolutionary timepiece whose development was personally overseen by the greatest watchmaking master of the past century.

  • 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. 39905006
An extremely rare and impressive platinum automatic wristwatch with center seconds, date, co-axial escapement, salmon dial, Guarantee and box. Number 34 of a 99 pieces limited edition

1999
37mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, clasp and strap signed

Estimate
CHF5,000 - 10,000 
€4,700-9,400
$5,200-10,300

sold for CHF28,750

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: XI

Geneva Auction 27 - 28 June 2020