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History-changing OMEGA 1947 “Tourbillon 30 I” sells at auction for CHF 1,428,500

connoisseur November 22, 2017 0
History-changing OMEGA 1947 “Tourbillon 30 I” sells at auction for CHF 1,428,500

Phillips sells historically important and unique stainless steel prototype tourbillon wristwatch for CHF 1,428,500 all in, at the Geneva Watch Auction. The watch sold after a lengthy bidding war of almost 19 minutes and sets the world-record for any OMEGA sold at auction.

The watch, in superb condition, is not only magnificently attractive but has immense significance in horological history. Featuring a tourbillon escapement with Guillaume balance, it sheds a new light on the history of this complication in wristwatch form, as it is most certainly the first prototype of a series of OMEGA wristwatch tourbillons from the late 1940s that unfortunately never saw the light of day.

The 37.5 mm stainless steel watch, powered by OMEGA’s Manual Calibre “30 I”, has a signed dial and buckle and is accompanied by an extract from the OMEGA Archives, confirming the model’s production date of 1947; and that the watch is the only known period-completed Tourbillon “30 I” wristwatch-cased OMEGA in existence.