Since the company was founded in 1848, Omega has pioneered a huge range of innovations. Britain’s Royal Flying Corps chose Omega watches in 1917 as official timekeepers for its pilots and again in 1940, RAF Pilots watches were supplied by Omega. The 40s also saw the first tourbillon wristwatch and the first of the famous Seamaster watches, whilst the 50s and 60s introduced the legendary Constellation, Speedmaster, Seamaster 300 and Railmaster. Over these years, everyone from John F Kennedy to Elvis wore Omega watches on official duties. What’s more, in 1962, astronaut Wally Schirra took his Omega Speedmaster to space on NASA’s Mercury Sigma 7 mission, and in 1969 two Speedmasters landed on the moon, worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
Here we a have a superb example of a classic, late ’40s, gentleman’s Omega Automatic dress watch, with a very large sized 18ct Pink Gold case, in fully restored condition. In addition to the 37mm pink gold case, the dial is simply stunning, as is the amazing condition of the Chronometer grade, Cal.332 bumper automatic movement. The watch has just completed full a full restoration by ourselves and is in pristine condition throughout.
The superb white dial has applied pink gold numerals and spearhead hour indices, matched with the original restored ‘Dauphine’ hands, all of which looks wonderful against the pink gold case. The dial is typical of the late ’40s with art deco accents and a certain touch of class. The dial is signed with an applied pink gold Omega brand, with ‘Omega’, ‘Automatic’ below, and ‘Swiss Made’ at the very bottom of the dial.
This is the original dial which has been restored to the very highest standards by our dial restorers, which are considered the best in the UK.
The solid 18ct pink gold case measures 37mm in diameter, excluding the Omega signed crown. Omega watch cases of this size are exceedingly rare, particularly in pink gold as few were made during this period. The case also has a very pleasing profile with three ‘ribs’ and beautiful moon shaped lugs.
The watch case has been carefully inspected, cleaned and lightly polished to bring it back to the immaculate condition you see here with no scratches or marks visible to the naked eye. The case-back is of full thickness and has never been inscribed. Inside the case is marked 0.750 to indicate an 18ct gold case. Otherwise, the case remains unsigned. This is quite usual for Omega watch cases of this size, as they were mainly made in South America for this market.
As ever, our standard advice applies: vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
As can be seen, the original Omega Chronometer grade Cal.332, copper-tone bumper automatic movement is totally pristine. Bumper movements use a rotor which winds the movement by gently bouncing backwards and forwards between two spring ‘bumpers’. This is caused by the movement of the wearer’s wrist. These watch movements are very accurate and reliable making this watch perfectly suitable for everyday use.
Cal.332 movements are highly regarded for their accuracy and reliability. This watch has just been fully overhauled and serviced by our vintage Omega specialist watchmaker and is calibrated to run arrow straight within +8 seconds per day! This movement has a 42 hour power reserve when fully wound. We are therefore more than happy to offer this watch with 12 months warranty on the movement*.
The movement is signed Omega Watch Co Swiss – Seventeen Jewels – and Cal.332, with the serial number 12,054,381 which dates the watch to very late 1949 / very early 1950.
*Please note, the 12 months warranty is only applicable if the list price is paid.
The Strap and Buckle
The watch has been fitted with a very high quality dark brown crocodile leather strap with a matching pink gold plated Omega buckle. If you would prefer a different colour or style of strap please let us know and we will do our best to oblige.
Box and Papers
Although there are are no original papers with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct, dating the watch to very late 1949 / very early 1950.
Detailed particulars will be included with the receipt, along with our 12 months Warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value will be provided at the time of sale and our ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, Vintage Gold Watches of London will offer you a full refund at any time”.
The watch also comes complete with a hardwood presentation box as shown in the photographs.
A beautiful example of a top of the range Omega bumper automatic dress watch in a jumbo size 18ct pink gold case. The movement is of a very high grade and on a par with watches far more expensive than this. Indeed when new, this watch would have cost more than the equivalent Rolex. Omega watches are highly collectable and the rarity of this watch means the value will always remain strong.
A word about our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before restoring these to the highest possible standards. We then offer these at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post sales care and service. This approach inevitably means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are a number of well-known stores in West London which are very successful, charging between two to three times the price you see here. We therefore consider our prices to be fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.
We are happy to accept Paypal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you wish to pay by bank transfer, we will be pleased to pass on a 3% transaction saving to you. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or International Bank Wire Transfer, we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.
Please note we welcome part exchanges and if you have a watch or small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss this.
We will be happy to Service, Repair or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.
If you have any questions, please call our landline 020 7727 7095 or mobile 07515 949 250 or if calling from overseas our landline number is +44 207 727 7095 or mobile +44 7515 949 250.
We await your call! We will be happy to answer any questions and offer advice about this or any of our watches listed for sale. If you would like some general advice regarding any aspect of vintage watches, including buying, selling, or collecting, we will also be very happy to hear from you.
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