Omega Jumbo Gent's Watch
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Omega Jumbo Gent's Watch

Too often we fixate on what’s written on the dial of a watch, rather than what beats inside it. When pressed, many collectors could rattle off reference numbers, or tell you what sets a maxi dial apart from a meters first dial. And yet, when asked to name what movements beat inside those watches—or even to name any historically important movement—the response might just be a blank stare.

Which is a shame, because there are a host of calibres that are important and worthy of remembering.

The Calibre 30T2 that beats inside this watch is one of them.

In the late 1930s, the Assistant Technical Director of Omega, Henry Kneuss, sketched out a design for a new manually-wound movement. He incorporated data points gleaned from years of technical research. The movement should be small—30mm, in fact—with a small escapement, yet have a large enough barrel to give adequate power to the watch.

When he was done, he sent off the plans to Jean-Pierre Mathey Claudet, Omega’s master watchmaker (who would later go on to build the famous tourbillon that sold for a record $1.4 million at auction).

Claudet built a prototype, and in 1938 the movement entered production. 

Due to certain components, such as the eight adjustment screws on the balance wheel, the Calibre 30T2 was one of the most precise movements on the market. Other features such as the "de luxe finish," implemented in the early 1940s, was meant to make the movement more resistant to damage by oxidation, but had an added benefit of making it more beautiful. Omega submitted the movement to chronometer trials, at which it excelled.

But the most famous use of the Calibre 30T2 was in Omega's contribution to the "Dirty Dozen," the watches that were made by twelve watch companies according to strict guidelines by the British Ministry of Defense in World War II. 

Watches like this one, a Reference 2325, while less martial in appearance, nevertheless rank as some of the finest dress watches produced in the middle of the last century. With a 38mm case, it's oversized for the era, a major plus to the collector of today. Accompanied by an extract from Omega, it's an excellent example of an important and desirable watch. 

Details

SKU: TT01218

Steel case is approximately 37mm (excluding crown). Calibre 30T2 Manually-Wound Movement.

Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with signs of moderate use and wear. Dial is in very good condition with some signs of age, including overall patina. Signed crown.

Includes one black leather strap.

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