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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 133

    Omega. A rare and unusual stainless steel aviator's chronograph wristwatch with black dial

    SIGNED OMEGA, REF. CK 2078, MOVEMENT NO. 9385761, CASE NO. 9556699, CIRCA 1940

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    Omega. A rare and unusual stainless steel aviator's chronograph wristwatch with black dial
    Signed Omega, ref. CK 2078, movement no. 9385761, case no. 9556699, circa 1940
    Cal. 28.9 CHRO T2 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, the black dial with Arabic numerals, outer railway five minute divisions, luminous hands, two engine-turned subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds and 30 minutes register, in circular mid-size case with downturned angular lugs, snap on back, two olive-shaped chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Omega buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    32 mm. diam.


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    The particularity of the present watch is its movement, the famous Omega calibre 28.9 CHRO based on the Lemania calibre 13CH, Omega's first small wrist-chronograph movement. It was most notably used in the firm's chronograph wristwatches worn by the famous aviator Amelia Earhart during her attempted equatorial flight in 1932, and Italo Balbo's team participating at the Italian Air Ministry's Rome - Chicago race in 1933.

    Calibre 28.9 CHRO is illustrated and described in Omega - A Journey Through Time by Marco Richon, p. 530.