Omega Cal.T2 RG Chronometer 18ct Pink Gold 1946 Oversize 37.5mm

£3,950

VGW Reference: Om786
Sold 18th May '19
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Omega Watches

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 into space on NASA’s Mercury Sigma 7 mission, and in 1969 two Speedmasters landed on the moon, worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

The Dial

The superb Ivory Cream Cross-Hair dial has applied pink gold ‘Pencil’ hour indices, matched with the original restored ‘Lance’ hands, all of which look wonderful against the pink gold case. This particular dial with its subsidiary seconds, is typical of the 1940s, so effortlessly classic, elegant and stylish. This is just the kind of dial which will never date or look unfashionable.

The dial is signed with an applied pink gold Omega brand, with ‘Omega’, ‘Chronomètre’  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, considered to be the best in the UK.

The Case

The solid 18ct pink gold ribbed case measures 37.5mm in diameter, excluding the Omega signed crown. This watch case is exceedingly large for a time only watch and pretty much the largest we have ever held in stock. We have seen 38mm Omegas advertised very occasionally, but we suspect, in truth, these are 37.5mm watches. The case has very attractive sweeping lugs which add an extra touch of class to this watch.

Omega Swiss made watch cases in pink gold are particularly rare as few were made during this period. These are particular favourites of ours, so we work hard to track to these down, then restore and bring them back to life and their original condition.

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.

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

The Movement

The movement here is a Cal.30 T2 RG and one which is based on one of the best and famous movements made by Omega, the Caliber 30, created in 1939. This movement is one of the main foundations of the modern era success of Omega.

This very robust and simple movement is easy to assemble and maintain. The construction is very simple with two main bridges; one for the barrel and other for the train wheels that include the escape wheel. The balance cock is very robust and in the RG model is equipped with fine adjustment micro screw. In the central second model (SC) there is an extra bridge for the sweep seconds pinion.

Omega produced more than 3000000 movements based on the calibre 30 from 1939 to 1963 and in 1943 Omega add the incabloc shockproof system to this movement.

The 30 RG T2 was created in 1940 and it has a copper plating coating and the ratchet and crown wheels are polished with a beautiful circular pattern.

The movement reference is engraved on the main bridge, right above the balance wheel and in the train wheel bridge is engraved Omega Watch Co, Seventeen 17 Jewels,

This watch has just been fully overhauled and serviced by our vintage Omega specialist watchmaker and is calibrated to run arrow straight within +4 seconds per day with a 42-hour power reserve when fully wound. We are therefore more than happy to offer this watch with our 12 months’ warranty on the movement*.

The movement is signed ‘Omega Watch Co’ ‘Swiss’ ‘Seventeen  Jewels’  Adjusted To (5) Positions and Temperatures’ and Cal. T2 RG  with the serial number 10,708,693 which dates the watch to 1946.

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

The Strap & Buckle

The watch has been fitted with a high-quality Black Lizard strap with matching pink gold plated Omega buckle. We think this contrasts very nicely with the pink gold case and the dial, 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 of strap from our partners at ‘Watch Obsession’ within 48hrs. Please take a look at their huge range of 18mm straps if you wish, here.

The 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 1946. Detailed particulars will be included with the receipt, along with our 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 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 is included in the sale.

In Conclusion

A beautiful example of a top of the range Omega Chronometer dress watch with an Oversized 18ct pink gold case. The movement is one of the best hand wound movements ever made and on a par with watches far more expensive than this. Indeed when new, this watch would have cost far 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 best 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 choose to pay by UK bank transfer, we will be pleased to pass on a 3% transaction saving to you. Please contact us to reserve the watch and request our bank details. 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 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 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. We await your call!

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

Thank you.