An Omega gentlemens' stainless steel automatic bumper watch manufactured 66 years ago in 1954. In great overall condition, this watch is one of Omega's very early automatic watches, housing the highly sought after three series "bumper" movement. The case has extra long lugs and looks great as does the dial. The freshly overhauled, 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 still suitable for every day use. Bumper watches are among the most highly sought after Omega vintage watches, often fetching higher prices than later 1960's Omega watches. This watch is signed in four places, on the dial, case, crown and movement. A new strap has just been fitted and the crystal was replaced recently so this highly collectible vintage watch is ready to wear.
Dial: finished in satin silver with an outer minutes chapter and hours marked by gold coloured batons and Arabic numerals. The dial is signed “Omega Automatic Swiss Made” and bears the Omega symbol. The hands are in good shape and the crystal is clean and clear. The dial has just been returned from restoration to a high standard back to as it looked when new.
Case: stainless steel, measuring approximately 32 mm across, excluding the after market signed crown and 39 mm from lug to lug. The case is signed Omega on the inside of the back cover. It is in good condition, showing the inevitable signs of use over the years but no signs of abuse, dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to point out to you.
Movement: Omega cal. 344 17 jewel automatic bumper movement with a serial number which dates the watch to 1954. It has been overhauled, oiled and adjusted by my watchmaker. It is running beautifully 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 some 220 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. 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: new generic brown crocodile grain leather strap which attached measures approximately 214 mm from buckle tip to last hole.