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Omega 1947 Tourbillon 30 I prototype tourbillon watch brand new auction record

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At Geneva Watch Auction, OMEGA's historically significant and unique prototype steel tourbillon finally sold for 1,428,500 Swiss francs and set an Omega watch after a 19-minute bid New world auction record.

This timepiece of perfect performance today has a great significance in the history of watch making, with its tourbillon escapement system using the Guillaume balance wheel, which opened up the application of the tourbillon process in the field of watchmaking A new way. The watch is the first prototype of a series of Omega Tourbillon watches in the late 1940s, but has not been public before this.


Watch with 37.5 mm stainless steel case, equipped with Omega "30 I" hand-wound movement, dial and clasp are decorated with Omega logo. The accompanying Omega Archive excerpt shows that the watch was produced in 1947 and is the only Tourbillon 30 I wristwatch known to Omega for the year of manufacture.

In 1947, Omega produced 12 "30 I" tourbillon movements with a diameter of only 30 millimeters and participated in the Geneva Observatory, the Neuchatel Observatory and the Kew-Teddington Observatory ( Kew-Teddington Observatory) "watch" category of tests. Between 1947 and 1952, these 12 movements were involved in multiple wristwatch tests and even scored high on the 1950 Observatory "wristwatch" category test at Geneva.


Over the past few decades, this tourbillon watch has not been known. Its uniqueness is that it is not equipped with one of the 12 tourbillons that Omega produced that year, but a direct tourbillon built by the brand in 1947, which is not of importance to the history of the watchmaking and Omega brands The metaphor.

Today, Omega has developed the world's only coaxial center tourbillon movement. The movement was born in Omega Swiss Tourbillon Tourbillon studio, by a large number of watchmakers combined research and development and hand-made, its exquisite craft amazing.

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