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Omega. A Fine and Very Rare 18k Gold Wristwatch with Deadbeat Center Seconds
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Omega. A Fine and Very Rare 18k Gold Wristwatch with Deadbeat Center Seconds

SIGNED OMEGA, CHRONOMETRE, OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED, SYNCHROBEAT MODEL, MOVEMENT NO. 12'201'408, CASE NO. 10'941'788, MANUFACTURED IN 1953

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Omega. A Fine and Very Rare 18k Gold Wristwatch with Deadbeat Center Seconds
Signed Omega, Chronometre, Officially Certified, Synchrobeat model, Movement No. 12'201'408, Case No. 10'941'788, Manufactured in 1953
Movement: Manual, Cal. 372, stamped OXG, 17 jewels
Dial: Silvered, baton and dagger numerals, center seconds
Case: 18k gold, snap on back, 35mm diam.
Buckle: 18k gold OMEGA buckle
Accompanied By: An OMEGA Extract from the Archives, an OMEGA advertisement newspaper clipping
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Lot Essay

According to the Archives of OMEGA, the present watch was manufactured in 1953 and delivered to the US market.

The present watch is an example of the ultra-rare Synchrobeat Model. 1000 pieces of this series were produced between 22 October 1952 and 30 January 1954 (with movement numbers from 12'201'001 to 12'202'000), all of them made for OMEGA official agent in the United States, Norman Morris.

However, OMEGA was not pleased with the performance of the watches (there was an issue with lubrication) and not only discontinued production, but also recalled to the factory the 720 pieces that had already been exported, whose cases were melted and movements disassembled so that parts could be used in other watches.

According to Omega - A Journey Through Time, decades later a former employee recalled that all the 720 pieces were received with the exception of 17 examples which could not be located. It would seem that the present watch is indeed one of these 17 pieces which, to the delight of the collector, escaped destruction. Needless to say, that means the present timepiece is without a question one of the rarest timepieces made by the brand, ever.

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