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OMEGA. A FINE AND RARE COLLECTION OF 23 STAINLESS STEEL LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCHES WITH BRACELET, A PLASTIC ENCASED DISPLAY CALIBRE AND SPACE SUIT CLOTH-COVERED SUITCASE, MADE TO COMMEMORATE THE SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY
OMEGA. A FINE AND RARE COLLECTION OF 23 STAINLESS STEEL LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCHES WITH BRACELET, A PLASTIC ENCASED DISPLAY CALIBRE AND SPACE SUIT CLOTH-COVERED SUITCASE, MADE TO COMMEMORATE THE SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY
OMEGA. A FINE AND RARE COLLECTION OF 23 STAINLESS STEEL LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCHES WITH BRACELET, A PLASTIC ENCASED DISPLAY CALIBRE AND SPACE SUIT CLOTH-COVERED SUITCASE, MADE TO COMMEMORATE THE SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY
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FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF THE DR K S LO COLLECTIONDr. K. S. Lo (1910-1995), entrepreneur and Chinese antiques collector, personified one of the most successful stories in 20th century Hong Kong - one that is closely related to the history and the people of Hong Kong. Born in 1910 in Guangdong, Dr. Lo moved to Malaysia with his mother at the age of ten and subsequently returned to Hong Kong, where he completed his education at the University of Hong Kong in 1934.Dr. Lo's legendary Vitasoy empire had a very humble beginning. In 1937 at the age of 27, he attended a presentation on the benefits of soya bean in Shanghai, and the idea stayed with him. It was not until 1939 that Dr. Lo and four of his friends founded The Hong Kong Soya Bean Products Company, with their first production plant up and running in Causeway Bay in 1940. The company experienced slow growth and sales throughout the years of the Second World War and was brought to a halt when Dr. Lo fled Hong Kong for China with his family. Upon returning to Hong Kong, Dr. Lo revived the Vitasoy business in 1945 and over the next few decades, the company experienced many breakthroughs, resulting in product diversification, wider distribution, growing popularity, and brand recognition. Vitasoy has acquired a strong, local, distinctly Hong Kong flavor for its brand; its production plant frequently visited by school pupils and featured in popular culture. Even now, the soya milk drink is integral to the beverage culture in Hong Kong, and its overseas market has become increasingly important.Dr. Lo was not just a successful businessman. His collection of Chinese paintings and works of art and his dedication to the promotion of arts, culture and education is seen all over Hong Kong. Over the years Dr. Lo assembled an outstanding and memorable collection of classical and modern ink paintings that is extraordinary to have been assembled under one roof; his collection is remarkable both in terms of quality and quantity. Some of these works, such as the splashed ink and colour, golden ink-outlined Lotus by Zhang Daqian, Roar by Wu Guanzhong, which was representative of his works in the 1980s (both offered in Christie's sale in May 2011), Jinggang Mountains by Fu Baoshi, Tianmu Mountains by Xu Beihong (both offered in Christie's sale in May 2013), and Jianggang Mountains by Li Keran, which commemorates the cradle of the people's revolution (to be offered in this sale), offer a glimpse of Dr. Lo's exquisite taste and his ambition to collect only the best works he could among 20th century ink paintings. Dr. Lo's enthusiasm in supporting emerging and unconventional artists in China and Hong Kong such as Shi Lu, Wu Guanzhong, and Huang Yongyu also formed an eclectic mix of works that we now know as new ink or contemporary ink paintings. Such a pioneering vision led to a comprehensive and fascinating fusion of the old and the new. Apart from ink paintings, Dr. Lo's collection of works of art is equally insightful. His passion for tea ware and his comprehensive collection in the category eventually formed the foundation for the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, where one of the galleries is named after him.
OMEGA. A FINE AND RARE COLLECTION OF 23 STAINLESS STEEL LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCHES WITH BRACELET, A PLASTIC ENCASED DISPLAY CALIBRE AND SPACE SUIT CLOTH-COVERED SUITCASE, MADE TO COMMEMORATE THE SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY

SIGNED OMEGA, SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL MODEL, SPEEDMASTER MISSIONS COLLECTION, NO. 06/40, REF. 3599.99.00, CIRCA 1997

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OMEGA. A FINE AND RARE COLLECTION OF 23 STAINLESS STEEL LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCHES WITH BRACELET, A PLASTIC ENCASED DISPLAY CALIBRE AND SPACE SUIT CLOTH-COVERED SUITCASE, MADE TO COMMEMORATE THE SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY
SIGNED OMEGA, SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL MODEL, SPEEDMASTER MISSIONS COLLECTION, NO. 06/40, REF. 3599.99.00, CIRCA 1997
Each with Cal. 1861 mechanical movement, 18 jewels, black dial, luminous baton numerals, three engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 12 hour and 30 minute registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back engraved Flight-Qualified By NASA For All Manned Space Missions, the First Watch Worn On The Moon, 06/40, two round chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Omega bracelet and deployant clasp; 22 watches with NASA mission patch at 9 o'clock combined with subsidiary seconds, the mission name engraved on the back, black bezel with tachymetre scale calibrated for 500 units; 1 watch with broad arrow hour hand, black bezel with tachymetre scale calibrated for 1000 units, screw back engraved Replica; each case, dial and movement signed
Each 42 mm. diam.; overall length approximately 200 mm.
20th Century

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