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Omega
MARINE 1932 A YELLOW GOLD SQUARE WRISTWATCH WITH CONTRACT CASE CIRCA 1932
Dial: gilt, refinished
Caliber: manual winding movement, 15 jewels 
Movement number: 7588002
Case: 18k yellow gold, associated patented two part case secured by a locking clip
Case number: 1932, 398, 2
Dimensions: length 38 mm width 23 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
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Catalogue Note

Launched in 1932, the Omega Marine's novel case construction made it the first water-resistant rectangular wristwatch model as well as the first diving watch of any shape.

The case was designed by Louis Alix, who was granted a Swiss patent CH 146310 for it in 1931. The model was officially certified by the Swiss Laboratory for Horology to withstand pressure in sea depths up to 135 meters. 

The case is manufactured in two parts: an interior case encloses the movement and dial, and an exterior case which is hermetically sealed with the exception of one opening point. The first case is inserted into the exterior case and secured via a latch.  The present lot was sold by Omega as a movement only, and the case likely made in France.

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