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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: Circa 1938
    Movement No: 8’924’065
    Case No: 9’713’197
    Model Name: Scarab
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 26.5S0B, 15 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Omega is best known for their iconic line of Speedmaster chronograph watches, which was the “the first watch worn on the moon”, however their production also includes a wide-ranging array of simple and complicated watches, including time only watches that are not only technically innovative, but aesthetically sensational. Their Scarab-shaped wristwatches from the 1930s, with their bold and dramatic claw-shaped lugs, were a wonderful Art Deco design inspired by the ancient and symbolic Egyptian Scarab. Long used in arts and design, the Scarab was a visual representation of the sun god Ra, and a symbol of rebirth and regeneration.

    The present, oversized example is a rare find in and of itself. To find one in such exceptionally well-preserved condition, with an unpolished case showing hardly any wear, is a true challenge. Furthermore, its original and stunning glossy black dial is as nicely preserved as the case. For those seeking the best of the best in vintage Omega, this Scarab wristwatch, consigned by an important collector, is certain to delight.

  • 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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A rare and very fine stainless steel wristwatch with black dial and hooded lugs

Circa 1938
35mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
$6,000 - 12,000 
CHF5,500-11,000
€5,100-10,200
HK$46,500-93,000

Sold for $7,560

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Senior Vice President
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New York Auction 12 December 2020