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Omega. A Rare Stainless Steel Rectangular-shaped Marine Wristwatch

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Omega. A Rare Stainless Steel Rectangular-shaped Marine Wristwatch

SIGNED OMEGA, OMEGA MARINE MODEL, REF. 679, BTE. 146310, BTE.S.G.D.G. 710316, BRITISH PAT. 365356, U.S.A. PAT. 1907700, D.R.P. 567213, CIRCA 1932

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Omega. A Rare Stainless Steel Rectangular-shaped Marine Wristwatch Signed Omega, Omega Marine Model, Ref. 679, BTE. 146310, BTE.S.G.D.G. 710316, British Pat. 365356, U.S.A. Pat. 1907700, D.R.P. 567213, Circa 1932 Movement: Manual Dial: White, Arabic numerals Case: Stainless steel square-shaped, hinge to open to the back, stepped lugs, 23mm width, 34mm overall length Buckle: Associated stainless steel buckle
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According to the Archives of OMEGA, the caliber 19.4 T2 was produced in October 1940 and sent on the United Kingdom market. The watch's provenance suggests it was formerly owned by the Duke of Windsor and was left to Wallis Simpson upon his death and later passed on to the current owner along with another wristwatch that had a royal crest that appears to have been the Duke of Windsor's watch.

Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson

Perhaps one of the most famous love stories of our time was the one that saw a King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India abdicate in order to marry a divorced American woman who was in the midst of her second divorce. King Edward VIII assumed the throne in January 1936 and abdicated in December 1936 after it became clear that the proposed marriage to Wallis Simpson would cause a constitution crisis due to the certain resignation of the Prime Minister and the opposition of the Church of England if he went ahead with the marriage. King Edward VIII then assumed the title of the Duke of Windsor and his love story to Wallis Simpson was of great fascination to the world, particularly the United States. The Duke of Windsor was appointed Governor of the Bahamas in 1940 and it is possible this watch was purchased by him and sent to him from the United Kingdom early during his governorship. Wallis Simpson was born in the resort town of Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania and lived an extraordinary life that represents the crossroads of American and British history.


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