Omega gentlemens' 14 carat solid gold automatic bumper watch manufactured in 1947 in great overall condition. This is one of the very early bumper movements produced by Omega and I was delighted to find it in such amazing condition. Most that you see coming up for sale hail from the early 1950's. The case and dial present very well indeed and the freshly oiled and adjusted movement is running strongly and keeping time. The bumper unit is Omega's first automatic mechanism, introduced in the mid 1940's and produced until the mid 1950's. They are efficient mechanisms, suitable for every day use. Bumper watches are among the most highly sought after and expensive vintage Omega watches. The watch is signed in four places, on the dial, case, crown and movement.
Case: 14 carat solid gold, measuring approximately 33 mm across, excluding the signed crown and 38 mm from lug to lug. The case is signed Omega on the inside of the rear cover and hallmarked as 14K solid gold. It presents very well on the wrist, showing the expected light signs of careful use over the years but I could see no dents or scratches of any significance to point out to you.
Dial: satin silver finish with hours marked by applied gold coloured pyramid dots and Arabic quarter hours. It is signed “Omega Automatic Swiss made”. The dial also bears the Omega symbol in applied gold. The hands are in good shape and the crystal is clean and clear. The dial has just been returned from professional restoration back to as it looked when new.
Movement: Omega 17 jewel automatic bumper movement with a serial number, dating the watch to 1947. It is running strongly and keeping time. The bumper unit is so called because the winding rotor does not travel a full 360 degrees as with modern automatics; instead it travels just over 300 degrees hitting a sprung stop or bumper at the end of its travel. It then bounces back the other way, hitting a sprung bumper on the other side. It continues to wind the watch by this hammer action. When the watch is shaken the bumper mechanism can be felt distinctly but this is rarely felt when the watch is worn. These early mechanisms are not as efficient as modern automatic movements so some manual winding may be necessary from time to time. Even when new, bumper movements were the subject of great interest among watch connoisseurs worldwide and today they remain highly sought after by collectors.
Strap: fitted with a generic brown leather strap, which fitted to the watch measures approximately 208 mm from buckle tip to last hole.