The antique Omega is the first tourbillon watch in the history of the brand, meanwhile, it is the first Swiss made tourbillon in history. In 1947, Omega made 12 pieces of Tourbillon movements to take part in the hot competition of chronometer at that time. Since the purpose of the match was to compare the precision, they were not equipped in the cases. According to the Omega Museum, only one movement had been equipped into the appropriate case, which was exactly the one I will introduce today. The precious replica Omega was auctioned in Geneva by Phillips with an amazing price 1,428,500 Swiss francs, that has broken the record of Omega.
37.5 mm Omega Tourbillon imitation watch features a white dial with elegant and understated style. The integrated design of the dial is very pure with only three Arabic numerals at 3, 9, 12 o’clock positions. The small seconds has been set at 6 o’clock. You will never have any idea that it is a Tourbillon model no matter from the simple dial or the solid caseback. It was estimated at 100,000-200,000 Swiss francs at the time, but the final transaction price was 7 times of highest estimate price.
Only when the caseback is taken off, you will have the opportunity to know it is a tourbillon. The knockoff watch with stainless steel case has been equipped with calibre 30I, a tourbillon movement entirely manufactured by Omega. In 1987, some movements that participating the competition had been equipped into the cases of other models. And two of them had been auctioned in 2007.