An extremely rare and important aviator’s wristwatch with black dial and elapsed time indicator

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1932
    Reference No: CK 6000
    Movement No: 7'748'672
    Case No: 8'782'808
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 40.6 SAV T2, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 46mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Extract of the Archives confirming production of the present watch on February 2, 1932
    Literature: This reference is featured in "Omega Sports Watches" by John Goldberger pp. 14-15

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present Omega aviator’s watch can certainly be considered an important timepiece reflecting the brand’s early history of manufacturing technical and highly functional tool watches for professionals. An exceptionally rare and impressive reference CK 6000 wristwatch with a massive case, it was made in 1932 and sold to the Swedish Air Force. The extra large 46mm case, housing a pocket watch movement, allowed for a large, clearly legible dial and rotating bezel, along with the extra large onion crown all permitted the watch to be easily manipulated while wearing gloves. The luminous “military-style” numerals on the dial made for easy and accurate reading, while the elapsed time counter found on the rotating inner flange surrounding the dial – also with luminous hour markers - tracked flight duration. The small subsidiary dial is almost invisible and appears more like a marker at the six position, a charismatic nod to traditional watch making rather than for actual timekeeping.
    The large case is in superb condition considering the watch was intended to be worn in harsh conditions and likely in combat. The interior dust cover is stamped with the same case number and is crisp. The dial is in mint condition and the large “military” numerals on the dial and hour counter have aged to a beautiful shade of khaki beige providing a visually arresting contrast. Research finds that there are only three known examples of the CK 6000 to exist, and its outstanding, original condition makes this extremely rare timepiece highly desirable for collectors of military watches.

  • 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 6000
An extremely rare and important aviator’s wristwatch with black dial and elapsed time indicator

1932
46mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF40,000 - 80,000 
€36,700-73,400
$41,200-82,400

sold for CHF52,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016