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Omega Synchrobeat

03.25.16

The Geneva Watch Auction: THREE, LOT 115

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.

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