Omega - The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT Geneva Saturday, November 10, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1951
    Reference No: 2486-2
    Movement No: 11’209'648
    Model Name: "Cosmic"
    Material: Pink gold plate
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 381, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold plated Omega pin buckle
    Dimensions: 37mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega fitted box and Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch on December 28, 1951 and delivery to Iran.
    Literature: Another example of an 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

    The Omega “Cosmic” with Persian calendar is an extremely rare and coveted version of what is a cornerstone in the Omega collection. A similar model in stainless steel last sold at Phillips in May 2018 for a startling CHF 156,000.

    The present reference 2486-2 is a symbol of exquisite style and refinement with its large pink gold plated 37mm case and its radiant silver dial with blue calendar track. Of course the ultra-rare Persian calendar discs (as confirmed by the Omega Extract from the Archives) add an immense level of cachet and collectability.

    Originally launched in 1949, the triple calendar moonphase reference 2486 is surprising in its vivid modernism and perfectly legible dial. The design is also extremely close to the iconic Rolex reference 8171 – not only in indications but also size – which it predates.

    A true barn find in superb condition, the present Omega “Cosmic” offers the collector of rare and exotic timepieces a great opportunity to own a watch whose rarity cannot be underlined enough.

  • 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. 2486-2
A very rare and unusual pink gold plated triple calendar wristwatch with moonphases, Persian calendar and numerals

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

CHF12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for CHF52,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018