Omega Chronograph Cal.33.3 18ct Pink Gold 1939
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Restored, Serviced & Guaranteed
A Very Rare and Carefully Owned Example
All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition
Omega Chronograph with Omega Signed 18ct Pink Gold Case
Legendary Omega Cal.33.3 Chronograph Movement in Tip-Top Condition
Completely Restored Twin Register Dial with Wonderful Black Standard Arabic Numerals
18ct Pink Gold Omega Case, Oversized 37mm, Excluding the Correct Crown
High Quality Black Alligator Strap and Gold-Plated Omega Buckle
The Original Omega Presentation Box Included, as Shown
All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Amazing Condition
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
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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.
Here we have a simply stunning, fully restored and extremely rare Omega Calibre 33.3 Chronograph from 1939. This beautiful watch was not specifically designed for professional use, but rather as an expensive, sophisticated dress watch for a gentleman to wear and exhibit his good taste and affluence. Not only does this watch have an beautiful dial, it also has a very high grade Calibre 33.3 Chronograph movement which is all complete with an incredible 18ct pink gold case which is exceptionally large at 37mm, all of this making this watch extremely rare and highly sought after.
A beautiful and highly impressive two-tone ivory cream dial with three scales, giving it a slightly more technical look. The dial carries a blue outer tachymeter scale, a matching blue seconds scale divided into fifths of a second, and a red inner telemeter scale.
The dial looks highly elegant and well balanced. The two-tone ivory cream background has a slightly lighter centre circle with the outer circle being delicately darker, this unique dial contrasts wonderfully with the black, blue, and red scales and 18ct pink gold case.
A tachymeter scale measures how fast an object is moving. The scale can be found either on the dial or in the bezel. Most tachymeters start at 400 and end at 60, but some examples, such as the one we see here, can begin at 1000. Its very simple to calculate the speed: just mark a point and push the start button. After the object has moved for one kilometer (or mile), push the stop button. The number indicated by the hand shows the speed of the object. A telemeter scale measures the distance between the user of the watch and the event seen and heard. It was used extensively to calculate when artillery fired. When you saw the light of the shot of the artillery, you would push the start button and push the stop button when the thunder was heard. The number shown in the scale refers to the distance.
The telemeter scale was an innovation at the time the watch was released. Very useful in combats because it could give the distance an explosion was taking place, for example. By the 1940s, the demand for this watches has increased tremendously.
The dial carries the original brown gilt ‘Plume’ hands, and black 1 – 12 Standard Arabic numerals and is correctly signed with the correct period Omega brand and signature. In essence, a highly sophisticated and highly elegant dial – in fact, all of which Omega represents.
The lens is clear having been replaced with a correct, original, new part.
This is the original Omega dial which has been restored to the very highest standards by the best dial restorers in the UK. Please take a close look at the beauty of the dial and the quality of the restoration, as it is in truly, immaculate condition.
As can be seen, just like the rest of this watch, the movement is amazingly clean and well cared for. Generally speaking, a watch movement of this age will begin to show some tarnishing on some of its surfaces caused by moisture. However, this movement has been kept in tip-top condition through regular servicing and proper care and attention. Again, along with the condition of the rest of the watch, the movement indicates this watch has been treated with all the proper care it deserves.
This watch carries the original and super high grade Calibre 33.3, 17 jewels Chronograph movement which, as mentioned above, remains in immaculate condition. The Omega cal. 33.3 Chronograph series, which is considered to be a forerunner of the Speedmaster, is one of the most sought-after Chronographs by Omega. It is said that only 14,000 movements were produced for 20 years.
This movement has been given a thorough overhaul and service by our vintage chronograph specialist watchmaker. This means the movement has been completely disassembled, cleaned, inspected and rebuilt using only the correct original parts where required before careful calibration and testing. Upon returning to stock, the watch is now running to within +5 seconds per day! This is truly outstanding for any vintage watch of this age! When fully wound, this movement also has a 36 hour power reserve. With proper care and attention, we can see this watch lasting another lifetime of faithful service. We therefore have no hesitation in offering this watch with our 12 months’ warranty*
This outstanding movement is correctly signed with ‘Omega Watch Co’, ‘Seventeen 17 Jewels’, ‘Swiss’ and with the correct movement serial number 9597260 dating this watch correclty to 1939.
Please note – It is important to remember that after the chronograph function can be started through the operation of the top button, it should be stopped with the same button and then reset with the bottom button after use. i.e. the chronograph function is not designed to be left running as this will cause unnecessary increased wear to the movement.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the full list price is paid.
Gold Omega chronographs from this period are rare, as most were made of steel or steel and gold. 18ct pink gold is the rarest, but pink gold chronographs of this size, at 37mm excluding the crown, are the rarest of all. Most were size 33mm and many were made in case sizes of 30 to 32mm. In fact, there was some competition among watch manufacturers to demonstrate which company could build smaller and smaller chronographs while still remaining accurate and reliable, which is of course, harder to do. But how times have changed!
This is a highly elegant Swiss-made case which is in truly wonderful condition. The case is of a sturdy three-piece design with pleasing straight lugs and ultra thin bezel, giving the dial an even larger feel when on the wrist. The case-back is of full thickness and has never been engraved. It is also tight-fitting and presses back with a nice solid and reassuring ‘pop’.
Inside the case-back is correctly signed with the Omega branding and ‘Omega’ with ‘Fab Suisse’ and ‘Swiss-Made’ just below with the correct 18ct gold hallmarks, all completed with the case serial number 9175568.
The most remarkable aspect of this case, apart from its rarity, is its condition. It is simply superb. From each and every viewpoint it is very difficult to fault, with no signs of scratches, dings or damage visible to the naked eye. After cleaning and careful inspection for integrity, and then some very gentle hand-polishing, the case was very quickly brought back to the condition you see here.
Please note – our standard advice applies: Vintage Watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The Strap and Buckle
The watch is fitted with a high-quality black alligator strap and pink gold plated Omega buckle, which we feel suits the watch perfectly. If, however, 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 burgundy and black straps in stock, in plain, padded leather, alligator, crocodile or lizard skin.
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 100% genuine, authentic and original, a full refund will be given at any time”.
This watch comes complete with an original period correct vintage Omega 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.
This is a simply beautiful vintage pink gold Omega Chronograph and one which we have been very fortunate to acquire, own and admire, if only for a short while! However, we are very proud to offer this superb example here, in completely immaculate condition. It is many more times more stylish than a modern equivalent watch and even though just over 80 years old, it is still completely fresh, reliable and practical to wear as an everyday watch, should you wish to do so. However you may look at it, this timepiece will make an excellent investment and heirloom piece, as well as be something to treasure and enjoy. As each year goes by and the world market for vintage gold watches grows ever larger, the limited supply allied to high demand means prices will inevitably 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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