Omega Museum Collection Marine 1932 Mens Watch 516., Best Wristwatch World

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Omega Museum Collection Marine 1932 Mens Watch 516.,
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Omega Museum Collection Marine 1932 Mens Watch 516.
Information :
Brand : Omega Watches (
Gender : Mens
Code : 516.
Also Called : 51653322002002
Case Material : 18k RG/WG Double-interlocking case
Case Thickness :
Dial Color : Silver
Bezel : 18k Rose Gold, 18k White Gold (inner case)
Movement : Manual-Winding Co-axial
Crystal : Scratch-resistant sapphire
Clasp : Leather - Black Crocodile
Water Resistant : 50 meters (100 feet).

OMEGA patented the first divers' watches for commercial use in the
early 1930s. The 1932 marine paved the way for a generation of
professional divers' watches and the creation of the Seamaster range.
It employed an innovative double sliding and removable case in
stainless steel which was designed to protect the mechanism from
extreme variations in temperature and pressure. The first rudimentary
tests were conducted in 1936 and records bear out the robust qualities
of the seal leather strap and its' ability to withstand water damage
after a period of three weeks in sea water. A further series of trials
was undertaken by the Swiss Laboratory for Horology in Neuchatel in
May 1937. There, the watch was certified as being able to withstand a
pressure of 13.5 atmospheres which is equivalent to a depth of 135
metres. Dr. Charles William Beebe, a famous American ocean explorer,
weighted himself down and took a 14-metre plunge in the Pacific Ocean
with his OMEGA Marine. Upon surfacing, Beebe proclaimed that the
Marine's 'resistance to water and dust, its robustness and resilience
to rust represent true progress in watchmaking science'.<br><br>The
Limited Edition Marine 1932 takes its inspiration from the watch that
was so successful in the trials at Neuchatel of 1937. The philosophy
behind the creation of this, the latest addition to The Museum
Collection was to take the famed timepiece of the past and marry it to
the latest technological breakthrough in watchmaking. The Marine 1932
has been fitted with a personalized movement, the OMEGA Caliber 2007
which has been exclusively designed for the occasion. It powers the
heart of this historic hand-winding watch transporting it into the
21st century with the incorporation of a Co-Axial escapement. The Co-
Axial escapement represents one of the most important advances in
watchmaking over the last 250 years. It considerably reduces friction
in the heart of the watch mechanism for improved long-term reliability
and accuracy. Performance is further enhanced by a free-sprung balance
allowing for more precise adjustments of the watch. The Marine 1932
offers a 48-hour power reserve.<br><br>Its' double interlocking case
remains one of OMEGA's crowning design feats with its ingenious
coupling of resiliency and beauty. The two cases, in contrasting red
and white gold slide in and out of one another with absolutely no
resistance. The external case of the museum piece has been enlarged
(33.05 mm wide and 50.50 mm long) and showcases the unmistakable Art
Deco elements of the watch with its smooth edges and tiered, curved
lugs. The 18-carat red gold case, designed to protect the inner case
from external aggressions, has been satin brushed and polished to
provide contrasting textures. The 1930 patented locking lever (in
gorgeous brushed/satin finish), seals the two bodies hermetically for
underwater immersions of up to 135 meters/450 feet (Hence the limited
edition of 135 pieces). By releasing the lever, the 18-carat white
gold interior case glides out revealing its movement and the manual
winding crown at 12 o'clock. The sapphire crystal case back allows a
view of the luxury finish with the white rhodium-plated movement and
Geneva waves, circular-graining and gold plated
engraving.<br><br>Original 1930 Omega Logo on Dial. Outer slipcase
Case back engraved 'COLLECTOR'S SERIES NUMBER SEVEN', 'The Omega
Museum Collection', '1932', 'MARINE'. <br> Omega is famous for being
the first watch on the moon and the preferred choice of secret agent
James Bond. The Swiss watchmaker's prestigious history extends back to
1848. An Omega watch is at home at the depths of the ocean, at the
polar caps, and even in space. Omega has long enjoyed an intimate
involvement with the US Space Program. Today, Omega is renowned as the
brand synonymous with Swiss watchmaking.

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