A rare and attractive stainless steel aviators wristwatch with black dial and revolving bezel

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1938
    Reference No: CK 2042
    Movement No: 8.816.987
    Case No: 9.532.175
    Model Name: Aviator
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 26.5 SOBT2, 15 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Canvas NATO
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel
    Dimensions: 41mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of production of the present watch in 1938 and its subsequent delivery to Germany
    Literature: A similar timepiece is featured in John Goldberger's "Omega Watches" book, page 21

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present Omega reference CK2042 is the second variation of pilots watches made by Omega in the 1930s. Made for pilots and intended to be strapped either over their jackets or around their thighs, the present watch features bold, "military style" numerals for ease of reading, and a rotatable 12 hour inner bezel to time the duration of flights.

    The present lot was delivered to Germany on December 15, 1938. With its large case, generous lugs, original faceted crystal, and military numerals it has certainly seen many adventures, strapped on the wrist (or thigh) of its previous owner. The overall superb condition of the case and dial further add to its desirability.

    Illustrating the historic significance of this model, in 2000, Omega launched a re-edition of this reference within their "Museum" collection - a collection that consists of limited edition re-edition of Omega's most iconic pieces.

  • 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. CK 2042
A rare and attractive stainless steel aviators wristwatch with black dial and revolving bezel

1938
41mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 
€7,300-11,000
$8,200-12,400

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
+41 22 317 81 89

The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016