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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1972
    Reference No: BA345.801, 145.013
    Movement No: 31'631'027
    Model Name: Flightmaster De Luxe
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 910, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold, max length 200mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 43mm. wide & 51mm. overall length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Case back further stamped with Swiss brevet N° 487'449

    Accessories: Fitted with red Omega World Service Organization presentation box, punched blank guarantee, Omega certificate and a set of 7 additional hands

  • Catalogue Essay

    Omega's celebrated "Speedmaster", launched in 1969, is unquestionably one of the firm's most popular models ever made. It is however much less known that in the same year, another iconic watch was born: the "Flightmaster", a manually wound dual time chronograph, designed as the ultimate pilot's watch of the time. According to several sources close to Omega, the majority made were in stainless steel but 200 examples were produced in 18k gold and only 20 of those, such as this example were fitted with 18k gold bracelets.

    The first example of the "De Luxe" series with gold bracelet, weighing an impressive 220 grams, was sold to King Hussein of Jordan. The present "Flight Master" is a particularly interesting example, as it is not only in excellent condition, but also features two elements that, to the best of our knowledge, have not yet been seen as such at an auction; on one hand the yellow hands which we understand were supplied on Flight Masters used by pilots. The yellow cadmium coated hands were particularly well legible in aircraft cockpits lit with infra-red lights. Another custom feature on the present watch is an over proportioned O-ring, making sure that the crystal would not pop out even in situations of sudden decompression in the cockpit.

  • Artist Biography

    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. BA345.801, 145.013
A very rare, massive and attractive yellow gold pilot's chronograph wristwatch with dual time zone and bracelet

1972
43mm. wide & 51mm. overall length
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
Case back further stamped with Swiss brevet N° 487'449

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF52,500

Contact Specialist
Nathalie Monbaron
+41 22 317 81 83

Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm