OMEGA 14k Solid Gold Vintage Gents Automatic Bumper Watch c1947

Omega gentlemens' 14 carat solid gold automatic bumper watch manufactured in c1947 in great overall condition. The case and dial present very well indeed and the 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 three places, on the dial, case and movement.

Dial: two tone satin silver finish in very good condition. Hours are marked by applied gold coloured batons and Arabic quarter hours. The dial is signed “Omega Automatic" and bears the Omega symbol in applied gold. The hands are in good shape with some light tarnishing and the crystal is clean and clear. The dial looks to have been refinished at some time as I would expect a factory original dial on a 72 year old watch to show significant signs of ageing.

Case: 14 carat solid gold, measuring approximately 33 mm across, excluding the domed crown (which is correct for the period) and 39 mm from lug to lug. The case is signed Omega on the inside of the rear cover and hallmarked as 14K solid gold as is the outside on the back cover and also on the side of the case. The case presents very well on the wrist, showing the expected signs of use over the years but I could see no dents or scratches of any significance. All that I could see to point out to you for the sake of accuracy is a tiny pin ding on the side of the case.

Movement: Omega 17 jewel automatic bumper movement with a serial number, dating the watch to c1947. 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 lightly used generic brown leather strap, which fitted to the watch measures approximately 212 mm from buckle tip to last hole.

OMEGA 14k Solid Gold Vintage Gents Automatic Bumper Watch c1947

Omega Gents Vintage Automatic Watch