PROPERTY OF THE FAMILY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER
YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH
Calibre: cal. 321 manual winding, 17 jewels
Movement number: 12'490'649
Case: 18ct yellow gold, snap-on back
Case number: 11'210'190
Closure: black Omega alligator strap with 18ct yellow gold Omega pin buckle
Dimensions: 35mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: presentation case
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DIAL: in good condition, with minor spotting throughout. Printing to the dial is well preserved. The gold chronograph seconds hand is slightly oxidised. The minute hand has been replaced. Minor stains to the chronograph subdials, coherent with the dial patina.
CASE: in excellent condition. With scratches throughout the beautifully preserved case, slightly deeper scratches to the lug profiles. Hallmarks are clearly visible and bevels remain visible.
MOVEMENT: running at the time of cataloguing, chronograph starts, stops and resets.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion.
**The strap of this wristwatch is made from an endangered species, please refer to important notices for further information**.
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The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
Designed and manufactured in the creative period of the 1950s, this 18ct yellow gold Omega chronograph features a combination of interesting details for the discerning collector.
Preserved in exceptional condition, the case of this piece, with its long and angular lugs with sharp edges, gives the watch a most attractive and distinctive appeal. Considered as a large size when it was manufactured, its proportions perfectly fit today’s standards.
The sober and well-preserved dial displays the characteristic French import ‘Fab Suisse’ script and a French tachymeter (tachymètre) scale. The triangular indexes reinforce the strict design of the case.
The timepiece is powered by the legendary calibre 321, also used on the early pre-moon Speedmaster models and widely regarded as one of the best chronograph movements ever produced.
Hidden and preciously kept by the family of the original owner until today, the present watch furthermore comes with its original Omega alligator strap and 18ct yellow gold pin buckle. The well preserved chronograph is accompanied by its period correct presentation case.