A very rare and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with tachometer bezel, bracelet and engraved Khanjar case back, with international warranty, hang tag and presentation box

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1993
    Reference No: 3890.50.00, ST345.0022
    Movement No: 48'295'104
    Model Name: Speedmaster Professional
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 861, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Omega bracelet, end links stamped 812, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega deployant clasp, stamped "1479"
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed, case back further engraved with Khanjar emblem
    Accessories: Further accompanied by an unsigned and undated Omega International Warranty card, leather paper holder with Omega paper, hang tag, product literature and wooden presentation box with Khanjar emblem and outer packaging with similar Omani emblem. Further delivered with Omega Extract from the Archives confirming its subsequent date of production on 30th July 1993 and delivered to Oman.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The history of the Omega Speedmaster Professional is well-known within the collecting community, and both the brand and their timepieces are entrenched within the history of the United States NASA space program from its beginnings to the present, and has the honour of being “the first watch worn on the moon”. Over the last fifty years, Omega has released special edition models celebrating one of the most spectacular feats of mankind and the present watch is made all the more special with the addition of the Khandar daggers emblem of Sultanate of Oman.

    The Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said al Said, a well-known collector of fine watches, commissioned timepieces from brands, which were then engraved with the national emblem, and these watches were given as gifts to dignitaries and friends. The most frequently seen “Khanjar” watches are from Rolex and include models like the Submariner, to Day-Date, and Daytona Cosmograph. The present example from Omega is exceedingly rare and research suggests only ten Omega timepieces were made for the Omani ruler in 1991.

    The present lot, from 1993 and sold to Oman, is in immaculate condition with crisp factory finish to the lugs and band, along with sharp bevels, and crisp Khanjar emblem engraved to the back case. The luminous material has turned a warm orange brown hue. Today, collectors are seeking the rare and usual, along with extraordinary condition, this Omega chronograph celebrating mankind’s remarkable accomplishments checks all the boxes with a rarity unmatched, a condition unmatched and original warranty and Omega Khanjar wooden presentation box. Another similiar example was sold in 'Start Stop Reset' Thematic Auction at Phillips in 2016 for 30,000 CHF.

  • 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. 3890.50.00, ST345.0022
A very rare and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with tachometer bezel, bracelet and engraved Khanjar case back, with international warranty, hang tag and presentation box

歐米茄,超霸型號3890.50.00, ST345.0022,非常罕有,精鋼鏈帶腕錶,備計時功能、雕刻「Khanjar」阿曼雙刀圖誌後錶蓋,特為阿曼蘇丹國生產,1993年製。附原裝歐米茄阿曼圖誌錶盒、空白國際保證卡、後補證書

1993
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed, case back further engraved with Khanjar emblem

Estimate
HK$160,000 - 320,000 
€18,300-36,700
$20,500-41,000

sold for HK$212,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
thomasperazzi@phillips.com
+852 2318 2030

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019