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THE OMEGA MARINE 1932





OMEGA patented the first divers' watches for commercial use in the early 1930s. The 1932 marine paved the way for a generation of professional divers' watches and the creation of the Seamaster range. It employed an innovative double sliding and removable case in stainless steel which was designed to protect the mechanism from extreme variations in temperature and pressure. The first rudimentary tests were conducted in 1936 and records bear out the robust qualities of the seal leather strap and its' ability to withstand water damage after a period of three weeks in sea water. A further series of trials was undertaken by the Swiss Laboratory for Horology in Neuchatel in May 1937. There, the watch was certified as being able to withstand a pressure of 13.5 atmospheres which is equivalent to a depth of 135 metres. Dr. Charles William Beebe, a famous American ocean explorer, weighted himself down and took a 14-metre plunge in the Pacific Ocean with his OMEGA Marine. Upon surfacing, Beebe proclaimed that the Marine’s “resistance to water and dust, its robustness and resilience to rust represent true progress in watchmaking science”.





The Limited Edition Marine 1932 takes its inspiration from the watch that was so successful in the trials at Neuchatel of 1937. The philosophy behind the creation of this, the latest addition to The Museum Collection was to take the famed timepiece of the past and mary it to the latest technological breakthrough in watchmaking. The Marine 1932 has been fitted with a personalised movement, the OMEGA Calibre 2007 which has been exclusively designed for the occasion. It powers the heart of this historic hand-winding watch transporting it into the 21st century with the incorporation of a Co-Axial escapement. The Co-Axial escapement represents one of the most important advances in watchmaking over the last 250 years. It considerably reduces friction in the heart of the watch mechanism for improved long-term reliability and accuracy. Performance is further enhanced by a free-sprung balance allowing for more precise adjustments of the watch. The Marine 1932 offers a 48-hour power reserve.




Its' double interlocking case remains one of OMEGA’s crowning design feats with its ingenious coupling of resiliency and beauty. The two cases, in contrasting red and white gold slide in and out of one another with absolutely no resistance. The external case of the museum piece has been enlarged (33.05 mm wide and 50.50 mm long) and showcases the unmistakable Art Deco elements of the watch with its smooth edges and tiered, curved lugs. The 18-carat red gold case, designed to protect the inner case from external aggressions, has been satin brushed and polished to provide contrasting textures. The 1930 patented locking lever seals the two bodies hermetically for underwater immersions of up to 135 metres/450 feet. By releasing the lever, the 18-carat white gold interior case glides out revealing its movement and the manual winding crown at 12 o’clock. The sapphire crystal case back allows a view of the luxury finish with the white rhodium-plated movement and Geneva waves, circular-graining and gold plated engraving.



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The OMEGA Marine 1932, then as now.


Enjoy it pals



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From First To Future




FROM THE FIRST TO THE FUTURE​




Housed in a 0.900 silver double-hinged case and powered by a Lépine movement, the Omega 12 of 1900 became the first wristwatch to be manufactured by Omega and bore fixed central attachments for bracelet-strap, a blank floral shield on guilloché-worked back, an enamel dial that featured a railway minute track, skeleton Arabic hour numerals and blush pear-shaped hands.

It was not only the first wristwatch manufactured by OMEGA but one of the first industrially made wristwatches in the world.


Forward wind just over a century to a time when large gents' watches had become fashionable, OMEGA transformed the De Ville range in offering the world something no other watch company can match, namely the unique and revolutionary Co-Axial Escapement.




The OMEGA Co-Axial Escapement was developed in conjunction with the inventor of the original co-axial escapement, the noted British watchmaker Dr. George Daniels. Previously produced in very limited series, the co-axial escapement was developed for industrial scale production over a period of 5 years by OMEGA working in conjunction with Dr. Daniels. The result was a totally new movement design in which the escapement which is the organ that transmits the energy within a watch mechanism has a unique escapement wheel with a co-axial escapement pinion mounted on it. The OMEGA Co-Axial Escapement transmits energy using tangential forces provided by components moving radially. The very short sliding movements involved considerably reduce the contact surfaces in comparison with conventional lever escapements and therefore reduce the friction in the escapement. This resulted in better timekeeping over longer periods as well as reduced servicing requirements. Furthermore, the OMEGA Co-Axial escapement is used in conjunction with the OMEGA free sprung-balance without index, which allows the watch's rate to be adjusted by modifying the moment of inertia of the balance by means of two gold regulating micro screws embedded in the circular balance. This design avoids the disturbing effects of contact between the balance-spring and the index pins and therefore ensures that the stability of rate offered by the Co-Axial Escapement is maintained over long periods of use and over the entire range of the power reserve. This revolutionary technology found its application in the De Ville 44M Red Gold Limited Edition Chronometer powered by the OMEGA calibre 2403.





A self-winding COSC chronometer with a 44-hour power reserve, it has a polished 18-carat red gold case has a matching polished 18-carat red gold bezel. Its' dial, like that of the Omega 12 of 1900 is in white enamel with 12 Arabic numerals painted in black to accompany the railway minute track, though the hands are now facetted and diamond-polished Alpha hour and minute hands in 18-carat red gold with luminous Super Luminova inserts in company with a blued-steel seconds hand. Like the 1900 wristwatch, it too bears a traditional look which is protected by an equally traditional domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on the inside. The screw-in case back which features the familiar Chronos medallion stamped in relief, along with the OMEGA double gasket crown ensure water resistance to 100 metres. Production was strictly limited to 333 pieces and numbered in red on the dial from 001/333 to 333/333. This unique and desirable watch was presented exclusively with a brown alligator leather strap with a new 18-carat red gold foldover clasp with a quick-release deployment clasp.


The De Ville 44M Red Gold Chronometer, like its' inspirational forebear becomes part of a new revolution in watchmaking technology fortelling Omega's future.






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From 1949 to 2008, A Very Limited Edition Chronograph gets a makeover

For BaselWorld 08, Omega reintroduced a special Museum Edition of their late 1940's chronograph that we featured in our Homage to Bienne Series



The original cast was from 1949, rare and in 18-carat pink gold. It's case was 37.5mm in diameter and 12mm in depth and featured an inclined bezel and rectangular push buttons for the chronograph functions. Power was derived from the Lemania-based manually-wound OMEGA Cal. 321 and the 1940s chronograph was presented on a leather strap with a gold-plated OMEGA buckle.

The Museum Edition honours the original in presenting the watch and its' hands in 18-Ct pink gold. It also continued the tradition of a creamed, opaline silver dial and its' movement was brought into the present with an eye towards the future in the Co-Axial cal 3201 which was originally featured on the Speedmaster Fiftieth Anniversary Co-Axial Limited Series. Here again, Omega paid due tribute to the original cal 321 which enthusiasts of the Speedmaster will know to have had a column-wheel mechanism



Most of everything else was kept faithful to the original including the tachymeter scale in blue and the outer pulsometer scale in red.



An old faithful revived and reproduced faithfully I think, especially for those of us who wished it sat on our wrists ever since it appeared in the Omegamania catalog.


Whatchathink pals?


Y'all have a nice weekend now


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