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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1947
    Reference No: CK 2077-3
    Movement No: 9’600’464
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 33.3 CHRO, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38.5mm diameter
    Accessories: With an Extract from the Archives confirming date of production on June 7, 1947.
    Literature: The present watch is prominently illustrated in Omega Sportswatches by John Goldberger, pg. 22-23. For another example of reference 2077, see pg. 20-22.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Throughout the horological world, collectors and aficionados discuss with great fervor, their favorite brands, models, and even vintage versus modern timepieces, and one of the most passionately debated topics is movements. It is the heart of the watch, and the driving force for precision timekeeping, with many collectors having his or her definitive favorites. Omega’s manual-winding caliber 33.3 CHRO is an icon amongst collectors. It was launched in 1933, originally as a monopusher chronograph, however by the late 1930s, the brand redesigned it, and used the movement in some of their finest two pusher chronographs. In 1937, the caliber was fitted into Omega’s first water resistant chronograph watch – the reference CK 2077, and a model that can also be considered a turning point in the firm’s history. The present timepiece is a wonderful, early example of these early water-resistant chronographs. Featuring an oversized, 38.5mm diameter case with screw-down caseback, it must be viewed as an early, multi-purpose tool watch with its multi-scale dial and robust, highly water resistant case construction. Manufactured in 1938 and delivered in 1947 to South America, the gorgeous and rare salmon colored dial, with its red outer tachymeter scale, and inner, mirrored black telemeter scale combine to give it a modern, legible aesthetic. Rarely seen on the market with salmon dial and in such well-preserved condition, this watch, with its ideal case size for today’s tastes, represents a tremendous value to collectors of extraordinary chronographs.

  • Artist Biography


    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 2077-3
A highly attractive and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with salmon dial, mirrored black telemeter ring, and red tachymeter scale.

Case, dial and movement signed
38.5mm diameter

$25,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $52,500

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Head of Watches, Americas
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WINNING ICONS – Legendary Watches of the 20th Century

New York Auction 26 October 2017