Hodinkee Explains The Significance Of The Omega Tourbillon Wristwatch Offered In The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX
The most requested watch this week was a stainless steel Omega, not something you expect most collectors would ask to see during the final days of a Phillips auction preview, but then again this is not a typical stainless steel Omega. It’s a tourbillon wristwatch, made in 1947, which makes it one of the very first tourbillon wristwatches ever made.
"For anyone who wants a piece of real watchmaking history and who finds the mechanical pursuit of precision timekeeping irresistible, this is about as good as it gets," says Jack Forster.
In an in-depth review of the watch, Hodinkee’s editor-in-chief explains why the Omega tourbillon prototype changes the course of the tourbillon’s complex history, and wonders if this isn't the most historically and technically interesting watches Phillips has ever offered at auction.