Omega Cal.17.8 18ct 1942
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Inspected, Serviced & Guaranteed
A Beautifully Well Cared For and Completely Original Example
Previously Restored Off-White Dial with Wonderful Arabic 1 – 12 Numerals
Sparkling Original, High Grade Cal.17.8, 15 Jewels Hand-Wound Movement
Good Sized 21mm x 29mm Case, Excluding the Correct Omega Signed Crown
High-Quality Brown Alligator Strap with Yellow Gold-Plated Buckle
High Quality Hardwood Presentation Box Included, as Shown
All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery
Free UK Special Delivery
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 1940s also saw the first tourbillon wristwatch and the first of the famous Seamaster watches, whilst the 1950s and ’60s introduced the legendary Constellation, Speedmaster, Seamaster 300 and Railmaster. Over the 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.
A beautifully previously restored 18ct yellow gold dress watch with a beautiful off-white dial, from 1942. The star of the show here is undoubtedly the stunning dial, quickly followed by the outstanding 15 Jewel hand-wound movement which following an overhaul and service, is in tip-top condition and running perfectly. Omega watches of this period are very highly regarded for their high quality, particularly their movements which are outstanding.
The stunning, off-white dial looks simply superb. The outstanding mix of the black standard Arabic numerals, the yellow gold ‘plume’ hands and the outer minute railtrack gives this watch a definitive and very unique appearance. This dial really catches the light beautifully and looks far better in real life than in the photographs. The style is a classic of its time and is perfect for both evening wear and regular everyday use. This wonderful dial also has the addition of a perfectly propotioned subsidiary seconds dial at 6.
The dial simply carries the Omega brand and signature just below 12 with ‘Swiss Made’ at the very bottom of the dial below 6.
This dial has been previously restored to a very high standard and remains in outstanding condition, as can be seen.
The high grade Calibre 17.8, Omega 15 jewel hand-wound movement is in absolute tip-top sparkling condition, as can be seen in the images.
The movement has been fully overhauled by our vintage Omega specialist watchmaker. This means disassembling the watch movement down to all its component parts, careful inspection under high magnification, replacement where necessary with only genuine Omega parts, then careful reassembly and adjustment before final calibration and testing. The watch winds, sets and runs perfectly accurately and reliably within +16 seconds per day, averaged over 5 positions and this has been checked and confirmed on our electronic watch timegrapher. Please bear in mind, this performance is outstanding for any watch, particularly of this age. We are therefore highly confident in offering 12 months’ warranty with this watch movement*.
The movement is signed ‘Omega Swiss’ and ‘15 Jewels’ with the serial number 9643618, which dates the watch to 1942.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the list price is paid.
The 18ct yellow gold watch case measures 29mm in length and 21mm in width, excluding the correct Omega signed winding crown, 37mm overall including the lugs, 31mm diagonal across the case. The case, as we would expect from Omega, is very solid and well made and the press-fit case-back closes with a very solid and satisfying ‘pop’, indicating the case has been impeccably built and maintained.
Having been cleaned, carefully examined and lightly hand-polished by our case maker, the case is totally immaculate, being very crisp with no scratches, dings or other blemishes visible to the naked eye. This, along with the superb general condition of the rest of the watch, indicates this watch has received an excellent level of care and only light use.
The inside of the case-back carries all the correct 18ct hallmarks and is signed ‘Omega’ with the serial number 10450734.
Please note – This watch has not been tested for water resistance and this is not guaranteed. Our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The Strap & Buckle
A new brown alligator strap and yellow gold-plated Omega buckle has been fitted, which we feel matches the watch perfectly. However, if a different colour or style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to oblige, free of charge. We carry tan, conker, dark brown and black in stock in plain padded leather, crocodile skin or lizard skin, but we can also obtain most types and colours of strap from our partners at ‘Watch Obsession’ within 48hrs. Please take a look at their huge range of straps if you wish here.
The Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with this watch, all the numbers and markings on the watch are correct, dating the watch to 1942.
A detailed Particulars document will be included in the sale with a detailed purchase receipt and 12 months’ warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value will also be provided along with 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 high quality hardwood presentation box, as shown in the photographs.
If you would like to pay by bank transfer we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving to you. Paying by bank transfer for a 3% saving will not affect your 12 months warranty. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or Bank Wire Transfer we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.
Please check the import duties and any taxes your government may apply, these are different for each country and unfortunately out of our control.
We understand there may be some ‘loopholes’ that may help you avoid these charges, however attempting to use these could impact our ongoing ability to serve our growing international customer base.
For those that happen to visit the UK on occasion we are of course more than happy to store your watch until we can meet you in our offices in Kensington, London, and your watch directly to you there.
As with all our watches, this watch will be sold under our 14 days no quibble sale or return policy.
A rather special and unique vintage gold hand wound watch from one of horology’s most famous names, which will provide an excellent financial investment as well as be something to treasure and enjoy!
A word on our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before restoring them 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 means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are some well-known stores in West London which are highly 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.
Please note, we also welcome part exchanges. If you have a watch or a small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss this.
We will also be happy to Service your watch, Repair your watch or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.
If you have any questions please call us on 020 7727 7095 or if calling from overseas on +44 207 727 7095.
Please take a look at our other fine vintage gold watches.