The Omega "Marine" of 1937.

 

Please quote Stock # 3023.

"Omega a journey through time" by Marco Richon. page 319.

An extremely rare and superb example of one of the most sought after Vintage Omega sports watches from the 1930s period, The Omega "Marine" C.1937.

A double cased hermetically sealed waterproof wristwatch of beautiful Art-Deco design.

The Steel Art- Deco Case with stepped and hooded lugs. Signed, "Omega Staybrite Fab Suisse, Swiss Made" together with a series of international Patents. A massive clip to the back clamping the two cases together making a waterproof hermetic seal. The most rare, original early Sapphire crystal glass is retained in the outer case. Sapphire Crystal being ten times more resistant than ordinary glass.

The Omega 15 jeweled lever high grade movement signed "Omega 15 Jewels Swiss Made", in superb condition.

The original silvered dial with Omega logo, Arabic numerals and double minute track, ( some slight light spotting ).

This magnificent vintage Wristwatch came on to the market in 1935, eight years after the introduction of the famous Rolex "Oyster", to compete in the market place as a fully waterproof divers watch, which indeed it was.

This was an exiting time in the development of diving technology, and the accompanying divers wristwatches, influenced as they were by the military, industry and indeed recreational activity.

Securing a market leading waterproof wristwatch with the fiscal rewards that would result, drove the major Swiss manufacturers to design and construct highly engineered wristwatch cases with sealing gaskets and clamps, some, like this wonderful Omega "Marine", most handsome, however, not terribly practical in every day use.

Rolex had obtained international patents for their revolutionary waterproof "Oyster" screw down winding crown, as a result no other watch manufacturer could copy this most effective Rolex mechanism.

Although completely waterproof, the Omega "Marine" was never a serious threat to the ever increasing popularity of the "Oyster" due in the main to the inconvenience of having to unclip the Omega "Marine" case every time winding and hand setting was required, as opposed to the "Oyster" that could be wound and set as a conventional wristwatch with the winder screwing back down onto the case.

Today this wonderful 1930s Vintage wristwatch, the Omega "Marine" represents, for collectors world wide, one of the most sought after of those early waterproof wristwatch experiments, not only for its technically unique case design, but also for its beautiful, classic Art-Deco appearance, very high quality and fine construction.

 

 

 

A massive and beautifully shaped clip to the back, clamping the two cases together making a waterproof hermetic seal.

 

 

 

 

Here we can see the case open for winding and setting the time. Signed inside "Omega Staybrite Fab Suisse, Swiss Made" together with a series of international Patents.

Made for only a very short period of time, from 1935 - 1940. This rare and beautiful C.1937 example is in excellent condition, having a wonderful original dial, ( some light fine spotting ) together with the original blued steel hands.

The original Omega movement, cal;19.SOB T2, is in quite exquisite condition and keeping excellent time.

An original Omega 1930s period advert.

 

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  • Stock # 3023
  • Date: C.1937
  • Case: Steel
  • Case size: 34mm x 24mm.
  • Price: SOLD

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