Omega Cal.R17.8 14ct 1939
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Inspected, Serviced & Guaranteed
All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition
A Beautifully Well Cared For and Completely Original Example
Good Sized Square 26mm x 26mm, 14ct Solid Yellow Gold Omega Case
High Grade Calibre R17.8 Hand-Wound Movement in Sparkling Condition
Beautiful Previously Restored Black Dial with Gold Roman 1 – 12 Numerals
Genuine Black Omega Leather Strap and Gold-Plated Omega Buckle
High Quality Hardwood Presentation Box Included, as Shown
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 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.
Here we a have an outstanding example of a square 1930s, gentleman’s hand-wound Omega, with a good sized 26mm x 26mm 14ct watch case in previously restored A1 condition. This watch contains the very high grade R17.8, 17 jewel hand wound movement which is also, in outstanding condition.
The superb previously restored dial has incredible gold Roman Numerals matched with original unrestored ‘needle’ hands, each of which look wonderful against the yellow gold case and incredible black dial. The dial is simply beautiful, the addition of the subsidiary seconds dial just completes this dial perfectly. The design of the dial and case puts this firmly in the dressier ‘dress watch’ evening wear category.
The dial is simply signed with an applied yellow gold Omega brand with ‘Omega’.
This is the original dial which has been previously restored to a very high standard and remains in outstanding condition.
This watch contains its original and hgi grade Omega 17 Jewel, Calibre R17.8 hand-wound movement. This movement remains in sparkling clean condition and signed ‘Omega’, ‘SWISS’ with the Calibre No.R17.8 and ’17 JEWELS’.
Our vintage Omega specialist watchmaker has just given the movement a full inspection, overhaul and service and commented that he found the movement to be particularly clean and also indicated it has been properly maintained. Following the service he has carefully calibrated the watch and following our final checks, including testing the watch for accuracy on our electronic test instrument, we found the watch to be keeping time within +10 seconds per day. This is outstanding for any watch of this age.
We are very happy to offer the watch with our 12 months’ warranty*. With care and with regular servicing, say every 3 – 4 years, we would fully expect this watch to run quite happily for many more decades to come!
Please note – our 12 months’ warranty will only be applicable if the list price is paid.
The solid 14ct yellow gold case is 26mm square, excluding the signed Omega crown and 38mm including the lugs. This may sound a little on the small side, but in fact, it equates to around about a 35mm diameter normal watch, as corner to corner, the case measures 40mm.
The watch case has been carefully inspected, cleaned and lightly polished, which was all which was required to bring it back to the immaculate condition you see here. The case has no scratches, dings or other marks visible to the naked eye. The case-back is of full thickness and has never been inscribed.
The inside of the case-back is signed ‘Omega Watch Co’ and carries Swiss 14ct hallmarks..
As ever, our standard advice applies: vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The Strap & Buckle
A genuine, original Omega black leather strap has been fitted, along with a plain gold plated buckle. We feel the strap matches the watch nicely, 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, however, we can also obtain most types and colours at short notice.
Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct, dating this watch to 1939.
Detailed particulars will be included with our purchase receipt for your interest and security. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will be provided at the time of sale along with our unique ‘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 high quality hardwood presentation box shown in the photographs is included.
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.
This is a truly first class example of a vintage Omega which is ready to wear and completely practical for everyday use. If treated with care, it will make an excellent investment or heirloom piece. Even though vintage gold Omega prices have risen markedly recently, we still feel good examples such as this are still undervalued and as each year goes by and the world market for vintage gold Omega watches continues to expand, prices will continue to climb ever higher.
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.
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