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Auction: The Geneva Watch Auction: THREE
was auctioned on: 15 May 2016
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Estimate: CHF15,000 - CHF25,000
ca. US$15,342 - US$25,571
Price realised:  CHF27,500
ca. US$28,128
Lot number 115, Views: 15

115 Omega Ref. OT 14.306
Manufacturer: Omega Year: 1953 Reference No: OT 14.306 Movement No: 12'201'622 Case No: 10'942'352 Model Name: Synchrobeat Material: 18k yellow gold Calibre: Manual winding, cal. 372 SCS, 17 jewels Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Omega pin buckle Dimensions: 34mm. Diameter Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed Accessories: Accompanied by Omega presentation box and Extract from the Archives confirming production of the watch in 1953 Catalogue Essay In the realm of collectible vintage Omega watches, there are few that are as mythical as the Synchrobeat. According to scholarship, in 1954, Omega had originally manufactured around 1,000 Synchrobeat watches for the US market featuring a dead-beat, or stop-seconds, mechanism. Fitted with the caliber 372, a rather complicated sub-system precisely controlled the Synchrobeat’s seconds hand to tick only once per second. Unfortunately, technical challenges arose with the mechanism, and Omega was forced to stop production and recall all unsold watches. Omega ordered all watches to either be destroyed or used as spare parts, with only 17 believed to have escaped destruction. The present lot is without a doubt one of the survivors, and consequently, amongst the rarest of all Omega wristwatches ever produced. Furthermore, it has stood the test of time remaining in exceptional condition with a sharp case still retaining the original factory finish on all of its surfaces. The dial is pristine, with a delightful, outer minute track connecting all second markers in accordance with the once-per-second beat of the second's hand. Featuring a precision-oriented cross-hair dial, the caliber 372 was an officially certified chronometer, as indicated at 12 o’clock on the dial. A treasure for any collector of rare vintage watches. Read More

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: The Geneva Watch Auction: THREE
Date of the auction: 15 May 2016
Address: Phillips