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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: Delivered with an Omega Extract of the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 6th February 1941 and delivery to Germany.
    Literature: A similar timepiece is featured in John Goldberger's "Omega Watches" book, page 21.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Omega reference CK2042 is one of the rarest aviator wristwatches made during 1930s. Featuring a relatively large 41mm case diameter, the ref. CK2042 is a purpose-built utilitarian instrument for pilots during the era. Part of a second variations of pilots watches by Omega, the model is engineered to be strapped on the wrist over a flight jacket. With a fluted rotating bezel that allows easy maneuver of the inner 12-hour bezel, the wearer can track flight time with ease. Fitted with a rich black dial, the present timepiece is charmed with large luminous Arabic military styled numerals giving it not only great legibility but also a superb nostalgic appeal. Addition to attraction is the impressively well-preserved crisp case and thick lugs, the numerals have turned into a wonderful cappuccino color and add an air of debonair elegance to an already incredibly appealing watch.

    To commemorate its historic importance of the model, Omega launched the limited edition Museum collection with the aviator re-edition ref. 5700.50.07 in 2000. Rarified and charmed with its unique historical fabrics, the present specimen is a true icon for vintage connoisseurs. Furthermore, the present lot is delivered with its Extract from the Archives confirming its production in 1941 and delivered to Germany.

  • 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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From an Important Asian Collector

819

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

1941
41mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$150,000 - 250,000 
€16,100-26,900
$19,200-32,100

Sold for HK$302,400

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021