An extremely rare and very attractive stainless steel wristwatch with black dial made for the Pakistani Air Force

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1960
    Reference No: CK2914
    Movement No: 17'527'066
    Model Name: Seamaster "Railmaster"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 285, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1960 and its subsequent delivery to the Pakistani Air Force.

  • Catalogue Essay

    With the need for a new military watch, the Pakistani Ministry of Defense specially commissioned Omega to create a new wristwatch combining elements from two of its most iconic models. This ultimate association was baptised the “Railmaster” Seamaster. As its name indicates, it comprises the quintessence of a Railmaster and a Seamaster design reunited in one watch. Its case and movement are borrowed from the Railmaster for its anti-magnetic properties protecting the movement to 1000 Gauss while its dial and caseback comes from the Seamaster which would have allowed the watch to be water-resistant through any condition thanks to its rubber gasket. Indeed, the Seamaster was originally produced for the use of divers and its dial was printed with large numbers allowing a better readability in dark surroundings.

    The caseback of the present watch is further engraved “P.A.F” equivalent to Pakistan Air Force. For collectors, the most coveted versions of the famous Omega wristwatches are those produced for and issued to military personnel. In this instance, the watch is an exceptionally rare example of a military timepiece as the reference CK2914 was only produced in approximately 200 examples and was never made for commercial purposes.

    In overall good condition with light signs of military use and a beautiful matte dark chocolate tropical dial, the present watch still retains its original Omega crystal bearing the Omega logo on its centre. The hands and luminous plots have turned to an appealing light brown colour adding an even more vintage look to the watch. Very functional, the simplicity of its design with its beautiful broad arrow hands will please any enthusiasts of military issued watches. It is a rare treasure that will certainly delight and excite more than one.

  • 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. CK2914
An extremely rare and very attractive stainless steel wristwatch with black dial made for the Pakistani Air Force

1960
38mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 20,000 
€8,800-17,600
$10,200-20,500

sold for CHF18,750

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