In 1947, Omega released to the world the first complicated watch featuring a moon phase readout it had ever built.
Called the Omega Cosmic, it was extremely complex even in comparison to today's watches, and could display the month, date, and day of the week with moon phase When set correctly it could be used as a precision instrument or as a display of incredible workmanship purchased to adorn a deserving gentleman's wrist.
Today's offering showcases this beautiful and rare example of an early Cosmic. This is the largest size Cosmic, measuring a full 37mm in diameter without the crown, and 47mm long, it's larger than a Rolex Datejust. We've photographed the watch on both a small and a large wrist for reference.
Its shapely and large-for-the-era 18K gold plated case presents beautifully on the wrist. The edge of the case back has gold wear through that has been filled.
Its silver dial with its apertures for displaying the month, day, and phases of the moon is original and untouched, as our its original sub dials. It presents in excellent condition with only light aging.
A Master Watchmaker has fully serviced it, and all functions are working well (a $995 value).
It is running incredibly strong and true, keeping time essentially on par with a brand new Omega in our testing recording position.
For the finishing touch, it comes equipped with a brand new leather strap and aftermarket Omega style buckle making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Accompanying the watch is an original Omega box.
Included with the purchase is a one-year international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
Note: An example of this model resides in the Omega Museum in Switzerland. A published example can be seen in Marco Richon's work, Omega: A Journey Through Time, 2007, pg. 471.
Usually when things are complicated, it means more stress, more work, and more effort, but in the end, it's worth it. The same holds true for vintage wristwatches, where gifted artisans and engineers from years gone by labored months and years to create complicated timepieces that transcend art and talent. When it comes to vintage wristwatches, the highest realms of respect and value are reserved for these watches that do much more than merely tell time.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Serial no.: 11,209,744
Year made: c. 1947
Model: Cosmic, Ref. 2486-2
Functions: Hours, Day, Date, Month, Moon Phase, Subsidiary Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: 18K gold plated
Case markings (inside): Omega Watch Co., Swiss made, Plaque, 80 microns, 2486-2
Case condition: It presents beautifully on the wrist. The edge of the case back has gold wear throughout that has been filled. The case may have been replated.
Dimensions: 37mm wide (excluding crown), 47mm long lug tip-to-tip
Dial: Silver, signed Omega, outer date track in black, subsidiary second and moonphase windows, gold applique markers, day and month in English, original and untouched, in excellent condition
Hands: All original, gold, "feuilles", blued dated hand
Movement type: High-grade, caliber 381 original Cosmic (pre-381), 17 ruby jewels, numerous complications
Movement markings: Omega Watch Co., Swiss, 17 Jewels, 381
Jewels: 17 rubies
Band: Leather, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn with aftermarket Omega style buckle. We also stock lizard and a variety of other straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
Width between lugs: 18mm
Crystal: Acrylic, excellent condition
Serviced: A Master Watchmaker has fully serviced it, and all functions are working well (a $995 value).
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It is running incredibly strong and true, keeping time essentially on par with a brand new Omega in our testing recording position. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email email@example.com for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Original Omega box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.