Omega Cal. 283 hallmarked 1952 18ct gold
Vintage Watch Update – 4 September 2020 | 4.9.20

Omega Cal. 283 hallmarked 1952 18ct gold

Omega Cal.283 18ct Gold Hallmarked 1952

Kicking things off this week is an extremely attractive mid-century Omega. This 36mm diameter wristwatch retains its original gold buckle, easel-form leather covered presentation case, card outer box and maintenance booklet. Rarely found in 18ct yellow gold, the case of this watch is rich and full in tone. The design of the

watch is based on Omega’s Trésor Ref.2624 which was made in 18ct gold and introduced in 1949. Like the present watch, the Trésor also had a relatively large 36mm diameter case with chamfered bezel and rounded down-turned lugs and incorporated the Omega calibre 283 movement. In common with most UK market Omega dress watches of the period, the case of this watch was made in the UK by the Dennison case company and is hallmarked for the year 1952. Interestingly, the case back is engraved ‘Race 31-52’ which may be a motor racing reference, perhaps suggesting that the watch was commemorative for its original owner. The very handsome silvered dial has a cross-hair motif to the centre and a combination of gold foil and raised triangular indexes.

Omega Seamaster Chronostop Ref. 145.007 circa 1968

Omega Seamaster Chronostop Ref.145.007 c.1968

Omega first introduced this Chronostop model in 1967. Measuring 41mm across the case, this is one of the largest vintage models by Omega. The chronograph mechanism is similar to a ‘fly-back’, the orange chronograph seconds hand can be started via the pusher to the case side, pressing the same pusher again will automatically stop and reset the seconds hand to the 12 o’clock position. This means that the orange hand can be used either as a constant seconds hand or to time intervals up to a minute in duration. The inner bezel is calibrated for tachymeter which allows the user to measure the speed of a travelling object over a fixed distance. A good example of the model, the dial is rich in tone and the case retains clean definition to its angles and edges; there are some light scuffs and scratches to the case.

Omega Constellation Ref. 168.029 circa 1969

Omega Constellation Ref.168.029 c.1969

In 1964, Omega launched their first Constellation with the “C” case, so-called due to the case’s resemblance to two mirrored Cs. The “C” case was a departure from the more traditionally shaped Constellations of the 1950s; this model, the Ref. 168.029 which was introduced in 1967, continued the trend with its relatively slim case and combinations of satined and polished finishes. The watch has a lovely grey satin finished dial with contrasting white tracks, signature and legend. A long aperture displays the day and date indication and the date itself has a quick-set facility via the secondary crown setting. The watch is fitted to its original tile link Omega bracelet with adjustable folding clasp.

Movado Ermeto ‘Baby’ c.1935 silver & leather

The smallest of Movado’s purse watch range, the Ermeto ‘Baby’ was originally made as a model to integrate into ladies’ handbags but was quickly added to the general Ermeto range. This model incorporates Movado’s ‘automatic’ case winding system – as the sliding covers are opened, a pinion on the winding stem is engaged, which automatically turns the winding crown and winds the watch. The Ermeto was designed to be used with or without a chain and could simply be placed in a pocket or bag. A stylish example of the model, the dial has silver foil Roman and baton hour indexes which catch and reflect the light.

Omega Ref. 2242 circa 1945

Omega Ref.2242 c.1945 steel

Reference 2242 was first introduced by Omega in 1941 and the present example dates to c.1945. The case has a wonderfully angular design with faceted, stepped lugs that have flat sides. A steeply angled bezel maximises the dial’s surface area and the case back is gently domed. The silvered dial is attractively configured with raised gilded dot indexes and printed black Arabic numerals – the surface has been professionally and sympathetically restored in the past. There are gilded leaf-shaped hands and a contrasting blued steel centre seconds. Manually wound, the watch is powered by the famous Omega calibre 30T2, one of the watchmaker’s most highly regarded movements.

Omega Ref. 1360.0104 sold in 1981 | full set steel

Omega Ref.1360.0104 sold 1981 ‘Full Set’

This classic Omega wristwatch is complete with all of its original accessories, including the numbered swing tag, guarantee booklet, further Omega booklet, Omega presentation case and card outer box.  The watch is also fitted with its original signed Omega crystal, crown and model 1193 detachable Omega bracelet.  The stylish bracelet has satin finished links which are ‘hinge’ form and the adjustable clasp features the embossed Omega logo to the outside. Manually wound, this model is powered by Omega’s calibre 1030 which incorporates a hack feature and quick date change facility.

International Watch Co. Schaffhausen by Hans-F. Tölke & Jürgen King

International Watch Co. Book

A rare opportunity to purchase a new/old stock unopened example of the English language 1st Edition of this important work on IWC published in 1987. The book is still in its plastic seal and contained within its card slip case – the photograph shown here is from our file copy. The book includes a history of IWC and its inventions. There are a host of both pocket and wristwatches illustrated from black and white archival photographs as well as modern [1980s] colour photos. This book also features a list of movement serial numbers and their corresponding calibres from 1885-1974.

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