A very rare and highly attractive stainless steel multi-scale chronograph wristwatch with black and grey dial and tachymeter scale

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1944
    Reference No: CK 2077
    Movement No: 9'392'845
    Case No: 10'123'485
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 33.3 CHRO, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, and movement signed.

  • Catalogue Essay

    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, a model that can be considered a turning point in the firm’s history.

    Featuring an oversized, case with screw-down caseback, it must be viewed as an early, multi-purpose tool watch perfectly suited for those with increasingly active lifestyles. Due to the use of a waterproof case, the dial on the present example has luckily been extremely well-preserved, with the vibrant neon yellow printing of the scales rendered highly legible against the black and grey dial. None of the colors of the dial have faded. Additionally, the case has escaped the hardships of the intervening decades, with crisp, downturned lugs and clear signs of the original finish throughout.

    Modern in its size and charming in its presentation, this CK 2077 is a testament to Omega’s innovation in the first half of the twentieth century, as well as the timelessness of their design language.

  • 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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Omega

Ref. CK 2077
A very rare and highly attractive stainless steel multi-scale chronograph wristwatch with black and grey dial and tachymeter scale

1944
38mm Diameter
Case, dial, and movement signed.

Estimate
$30,000 - 60,000 
CHF29,900-59,800
€27,200-54,400
HK$235,000-470,000

sold for $62,500

Contact Specialist
Paul Boutros
Head of Watches, Americas & International Strategy Advisor
Senior Vice President
+1 212 940 1293
pboutros@phillips.com

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New York Auction 10 December 2019