OMEGA | 'TINTIN' SPEEDMASTER, REF 31130423001004 STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET CIRCA 2016
Estimate: 5,000 - 10,000 CHF
'TINTIN' SPEEDMASTER, REF 31130423001004
STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET
Calibre: cal. 1861 manual winding, 18 jewels
Movement number: 77'777'681
Case: stainless steel, screw-down back
Case number: 77'777'681
Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet and folding clasp
Dimensions: 42 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 195 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: associated genuine leather strap, Omega guarantee, instruction manual, extra NATO strap and presentation case
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MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing and the chronograph working.
CASE: in great condition with very sharp edges and nice proportions. There are a few very minor nicks and surface marks visible to the naked eye as well as fine scratches to the glass in the upper right part. The bracelet is in great condition with minimal signs of wear.
DIAL: in great condition.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The visual condition report and the written condition report (together, the “Online Condition Reports”) are provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and are for guidance purposes only. Any reference to condition in the Online Condition Reports does not amount to a full description of condition. The Online Condition Reports 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 Reports 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 Reports 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 Reports are 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 Reports are 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 REPORTS OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
Dubbed the 'Tintin', this special Omega Speedmaster reference was introduced at Baselworld 2013 and only produced for a couple of years. Originally, Omega collaborated with the family of the Tintin creator Hergé to produce a watch inspired by the comic strip series. The main character Tintin famously visits the moon with a red and white-checkered rocket, which strongly resembles the 'racing' dial present on this watch. Besides the colour pattern, a spacecraft on the dial and a special case back were equally planned for this special edition but eventually not realised for the market since the family ended the collaboration with Omega before launching the model.
Likely stuck with a few extra dials featuring this pattern, Omega decided to release the model without any association with Tintin. Besides the dial, the watch is distinguished from regular models by the use of red paint instead of the standard black for the NASA flight-qualified engraving on the back. Not very well received by the market at the time, it was discontinued after a fairly short time and it is generally believed that only around 1'000 to 2'000 pieces of the 'Tintin' were ever produced.