An Omega gentlemens' 14 carat solid gold automatic bumper watch manufactured in c1950, in great overall condition. The case and dial present very well 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 reliable mechanisms, suitable for every day use. The watch is signed in four places, on the dial, case, crown and movement.
Case: 14 carat solid gold, measuring approximately 32 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 an inner minutes chapter and hours marked by applied gold coloured pyramid dots and Arabic quarter hours. It is signed “Omega Automatic”. The dial also bears the Omega symbol in applied gold. The hands are in good shape and the crystal is clean and clear. I believe the dial was restored some years ago and is now showing slight ageing with a small mark near 2 o'clock.
Movement: beautifully crisp and clean, pretty much as it looked when it came off the factory bench nearly 70 years ago. It is a cal. 351 17 jewel automatic bumper movement, signed "Omega", with a serial number, dating the watch to c1950. 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 new generic brown leather strap, which fitted to the watch measures approximately 208 mm from buckle tip to last hole.