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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1957
    Reference No: CK 2914
    Movement No: 15’373’854
    Model Name: Railmaster
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 284, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 38 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with Extract of the Archives confirming production of the present watch on September 25, 1957 and delivered to Sweden.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Omega released the very first Railmaster, the reference CK2914, in 1957. The model was the manufacturer’s response to the increasing demand for wristwatches that could resist high magnetic fields in electro-industrial environments. Magnetism can wreak havoc on a mechanical watch by distorting the balance spring, ergo influencing the watch’s ability to maintain a stable oscillation sequence and keep time accurately. The CK2914 adopted a soft iron inner case as a Faraday Cage and a thicker dial to shield the movement from external magnetic influences of strengths up to 1,000 Gauss (a unit that measures the strength of magnetic fields).

    Produced in 1957, this vintage Omega is one of the examples of the Railmaster series which was produced only for a short period of time. The caliber 284, used in the Railmaster only from 1957 to 1958, is a manual-winding movement which is renowned for its precision and dependability. Housed in a specially crafted stainless steel case, the hands and hour markers of the watch are faintly luminescent and have developed a lovely, warm patina. The present lot is an incredible tool watch, with everything that a vintage collector would love - the classic Omega broad-arrow hands, beautifully-aged patina and a utilitarian stainless steel case.

  • 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. CK 2914
A fine and very rare anti-magnetic stainless steel wristwatch with sweep center seconds

1957
38 mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 200,000 
€13,300-22,100
$15,400-25,600

Sold for HK$150,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018