Omega R17.8 Chronometer (1942)
This is an extremely rare Omega manual wind chronometer dating from spring 1942. The movement of this watch is unusual - normally Omega concentrated on producing chronometer using the 30T2 movement. Omega produced a very small number of these movements which were regulated to achieve chronometer performance (that is a deviation under test conditions of no more than a few seconds gain or loss per day).
One can only speculate about the reasons Omega regulated these smaller movements - perhaps it was simply a technical exercise to show that any of their movements could be regulated to a very high standard, or perhaps they were hedging their bets that smaller, tonneau shaped watches would come back into fashion as they had done in the 1920s and 30s.
An extract from Omega's archives is included as part of this - the extract states that the watch was originally delivered with a "Bulletin Du Marche" that is a certificate showing it had passed the chronometer tests.
There is a very interesting and detailed exploration of the Omega manual wind chronometers here
The stainless steel case is a small size at 30mm, although presumably intended as a man's watch. It has a screw-back to significantly improve the water resistance. The dial has a nice, even patina where the varnish has degraded, but not significant losses to the printing.
The watch has been fully serviced and regulated and performance is now very good. It comes with a nos Omega strap and buckle.
Case diameter (excluding winding crown): 30mm
Case material: stainless steel
strap width: 16mm
time keeping: grade A
Case material: 9 carat gold (hallmarked Edinburgh 1955)
Strap width: 16mm
Time keeping: grade A
We aim to dispatch all orders placed before 2pm (GMT), on the same day working day. Where this isn't possible, we will inform you via email as soon as possible.
When your order is dispatched you will be emailed the tracking details.
Shipping guide for watches:
UK: FREE next working day delivery with DPD
United States & Canada: FREE Fedex shipping, 1-2 working days
Europe: FREE Fedex shipping, 1-3 working days
Australia: FREE DPD shipping 3-6 working days
Rest of the world: £10 Fedex Priority shipping 2-6 working days
Clocks, straps, bags (unless purchased with a watch):
Please note: due to COVID-19 postage restrictions, we are temporarily no longer able to ship watch straps (ordered separately to watches), clocks and bags outside of the UK.
If you are outside of the UK, you can still order however, please expect a delay, as we will not be able to ship them until restrictions have been lifted.
FREE shipping with Royal Mail usually 2-7 working days
You will see a more accurate estimated shipping time when you input your address at the checkout.
Please note, during busy sale periods dispatch may take a little longer (this is quite rare). These delivery times are a guide based on the DPD, Fedex and Royal Mail terms of service, products may, in some unusual cases take longer to arrive. If this happens, please get in touch.