A rare and attractive stainless steel aviator's wristwatch with black dial and revolving bezel

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1941
    Reference No: CK 2042
    Movement No: 9'103'762
    Case No: 9'821'434
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 26.5 SOBT2, 15 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 41mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Extract of the Archives confirming production of the present watch in February 6, 1941 and delivery to Germany.
    Literature: A similar timepiece is featured in John Goldberger's "Omega Watches" book, page 21.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Originally launched in 1937, Omega’s reference CK2042 was a complete breakthrough in terms of design at a time when watchmakers almost exclusively turned to the Art Deco movement for inspiration.

    This reference is the second variation of pilot watches made by Omega in the 1930s. The large 41mm case with elongated down turned lugs, fluted bezel enabling an easy rotation of the inner bezel used to time flights, and large Arabic military-style numerals give immense charisma to this piece.

    Originally a tool watch intended to be worn and used by pilots, the present watch impresses by its incredible condition. The case is crisp, the lugs thick and the black dial is almost as it was when it left the Omega workshops close to 80 years ago. The numerals have turned a wonderful cappuccino color and add an air of debonair elegance to an already incredibly appealing watch.

    Illustrating the historic significance of this model, Omega launched in 2000 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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Omega

Ref. CK 2042
A rare and attractive stainless steel aviator's wristwatch with black dial and revolving bezel

1941
41mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 40,000 
€17,600-35,200
$20,500-41,000

sold for CHF22,500

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018