Omega - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: Circa 1999
    Reference No: 5911.131.22
    Case No: 60’329’257
    Model Name: De Ville Co-Axial
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2500, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Omega deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega international warranty stamped Oeding-Erdel Germany dated 21st December 1999, De Ville Co-Axial certificate numbered 797/999, chronometer warranty, product literature, hang tag, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    George Daniels is the undisputed horological lighthouse of 20th century. Not only is he recognised as a technical master, he was undoubtedly the first of what is today a prominent category in the market: independent watchmakers. Daniels’ legacy is beyond remarkable, and arguably his masterpiece - from a technical standpoint - is the co-axial escapement. A truly innovative device, it was invented by Daniels in 1974 and patented in 1980. The first truly new escapement since the invention of the lever escapement in the 18th century by Thomas Mudge, it dramatically reduces - nearly cancels - friction for improved performance and durability.

    Daniels sold the patent to Omega in 1993 and was personally involved in the 6 year design and perfecting process which yielded in 1999 the first three watches featuring the new escapement: two gold versions in yellow and rose gold (each limited to 999 pieces) and an ultra-limited 99 pieces series in platinum.

    The present example Omega De Ville Co-Axial limited edition belongs to the yellow gold variant from circa 1999. Offered with its full set of accessories, the present example numbered 797 is offered with no reserve and a great chance for collectors to acquire an important limited edition Omega.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 5911.131.22
A rare and attractive limited edition yellow gold wristwatch with center seconds, date, co-axial escapement, warranty and presentation box, numbered 797 of a limited edition of 999 pieces

Circa 1999
37mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$25,000 - 50,000 
€3,300-6,500
$3,200-6,400

Sold for HK$52,920

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)