Old-timey chronographs are some of my favorite kinds of vintage watches. There’s something almost renaissance-looking to pre-1960s chronos (as opposed to the more rugged Daytona-like look that became popular with the advent of auto racing) that I really enjoy, and it’s always cool to see companies issuing (or in this case re-issuing) retro-styled watches but with the added delight of more modern parts (frankly, I’m just bitter because the acrylic crystal on the 1940s Chronographe Suisse in the link above keeps falling off…).
The Omega Museum Collection has just seen its ninth release with the Milestone 1941. The Museum Collection contains of an annual re-issue of an Omega watch that’s atleast 50 years old – which is just about perfect as far as I’m concerned. With the exception of sports watches (read: vintage Subs), the first part of the 20th century is easily the most exciting to me, as far as watch design is concerned. When watch companies still were finding their feet, so to speak.
The Milestone 1941 (a limited edition of, you guessed it, 1,941 pieces) is based on a line of watch originally popular among military officers that was launched in 1938. The actual watch (ref CK 2080) that the Museum piece is based one was made in 1941 and sold at Antiquorum’s 2007 Omegamania event (you know, those damn auctions that continue to drive up the prices for vintage Omegas). The 18k white gold case comes in at a discreet 38mm and features one of those lovely pre-standardization lug types. The dial is kitted out with Super Luminova lume, and the movement has been upgraded to a modern-day cal 3203 featuring Omega’s trademark co-axial escapement.
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