Omega Cal.30 T2 SC 18ct Pink Gold 1945 36mm

£3,350

100% Genuine & All Original

Fully Restored, Serviced & Guaranteed

Beautifully Restored Ivory Cream Art Deco Dial

Very High-Grade Cal.30 T2 SC, 16 Jewels Hand-Wound Movement

Oversize 36mm, 18ct Pink Gold  Case, Excluding the Omega Crown

New Hirsch Lizard Strap with Pink Gold Plated Omega Buckle

All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition

High-Quality Hardwood Presentation Box Included

VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*

VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee

Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery

Free UK Special Delivery

VGW Reference: Om803
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Omega Watches

Since the company was founded in 1848, Omega has pioneered a huge range of technical innovations in watchmaking. 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 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 into space on NASA’s Mercury Sigma 7 mission, and in 1969 two Omega Speedmasters were the first watches to arrive on the moon, worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Description

A beautifully restored Cal.30 T2 SC gentleman’s 18ct pink gold dress watch from 1945. The star of the show here is undoubtedly the movement, as the ultra high-grade Cal.30 T2, often specified as chronometer grade, was simply one of the finest hand-wound movements ever conceived. It is an important movement in the record books, for its incredible standards of accuracy and reliability attained at all the competitive trials it entered and won. See below.

Other notable features of this watch include its simply wonderful and highly elegant dial, which is typically 1940s, along with its beautiful, oversize, 36mm pink gold watch case.

The Dial

The ivory cream dial is furnished with alternate applied thin baton hour indices and numerals, which have slight art-deco influences. The numerals are swept by some of the most delicate index style hands we have seen on a gent’s watch. As a whole, this dial speaks of another level of quality, and confidence, in keeping with the quality of the case and movement.

The dial simply carries the Omega brand and signature. A new correct lens has been fitted as part of the restoration.

This is the original dial which has been restored to the highest standards by our dial restorers who are considered to be the best in the UK.

The Movement

During the late 19th and early 20th century, manufacturers and their master watchmakers expended significant amounts of time and resources in preparation for Observatory trials held throughout Europe. Unlike today’s annual watch fairs, these events were not intended to showcase new products. Instead, the Observatory trials focused on the science of Chronometry and the ability to make chronometers measure time precisely.

Geneva observatory trials were exclusive for companies in the Canton of Geneva, whilst Neuenburg (French: Neuchâtel) competitions were open to all manufacturers. This is why Omega and Longines set up branches in Geneva – they wanted to take part in prestigious Geneva competitions. The Omega Cal.30 was first released in 1939 and was so successful it remained in production, regularly certified as Chronometer grade, until 1963. It became famous for winning first prize ‘for Precision’ i.e. accuracy and reliability, at the Kew Observatory trials in 1946 and went on to win back to back 1st prizes at the worlds most competitive trials in Geneva and Neuchâtel throughout 1947-1951. It not only beat all comers, including Patek Philippe, but also relegated Omega’s own Tourbillon movement to second place!

As can be seen, the Omega beryllium-bronze movement looks spectacularly pristine having been well cared for and properly maintained. It is marked – 16 jewels – and with the serial number 10343706 which means the date of manufacture was 1945.

The movement has just been fully overhauled and serviced by our vintage Omega specialist watchmaker. The watch therefore winds, runs & sets smoothly and it is keeping excellent time. Following its service, it has been calibrated and is currently running arrow straight at +6 seconds/day! This excellent for any watch of this age. These results have been verified on our electronic timegrapher instrument. The watch also has an excellent power reserve of 44 hours. We are therefore more than happy to offer 12 months warranty on the movement of this watch*.

*Please note, our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the full list price is paid.

The Case

The sturdy 18ct pink gold case measures 36mm in diameter, excluding the correct Omega nipple winding crown. This makes this an exceptionally large wristwatch for the period. The case is of three-piece construction, with a rounded case-back which is of full thickness and has never been engraved. This is tight fitting and presses down with a pleasing and reassuring click.

The case profile is stepped, where the bezel meets the case, which adds interest to the design. Likewise, the elegantly shaped sweeping lugs lift the watch slightly on the wrist, again increasing the overall impression of quality and sophistication.

Many 18ct pink gold cases made for Omega watches for the French market were unsigned, as would seem to be the case here.

As ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.

The Strap & Buckle

A new high quality, black Hirsch lizard strap has been fitted, along with a matching pink gold plated Omega buckle. 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 can also obtain most types and colours at short notice.

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 1945.

Our detailed ‘Particulars’ document will be included in the sale, along with our detailed receipt and 12 months Warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will also be provided at the time of sale, along with our unique ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If at any time, 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 hardwood presentation box shown in the photographs will be included with this watch.

In Conclusion

An exceptionally high-quality vintage wristwatch with one of the best hand-wound movements of all time. This watch is in as fine a condition as one is likely to find, and it is in a rare 18ct pink gold oversize case.

Omega watches of this quality and rarity will always remain collectable and values will remain strong, so this watch will make an excellent investment and family heirloom piece. Even though vintage Omega prices have risen markedly of late, we feel excellent examples such as this still remain undervalued. Each year as the world market for fine vintage watches grows ever wider, limited availability means prices are surely destined to climb ever higher!

A word about 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 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 would 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 also welcome part exchanges and if you have a watch or small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss.

We will 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 on Landline 0207 727 7095 or if calling from overseas on +44 207 727 7095.

We await your call and 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 vintage watches, we will also be happy to hear from you.

Finally, please enjoy some time spent viewing our other fine Vintage Gold Watches!

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