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daff62
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Omega "medicus"

on Mon Dec 12 2016, 16:32
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I thought I would try another small write up (with the help of some research) on one of my watches.  Very Happy

This Omega dates to the early 1940s and is sometimes called a "medicus"  .........

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....though there were variations in the case shapes and designs as below.

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As expected for the era it is smaller at roughly 30mm (the movement being 23.4mm in diameter & 4.5mm in height) & has a power reserve of 43 hours. It has a screw case back.

The link to the medical profession (which it was marketed to)  was it being easier, with a large sweep second hand, for a doctor to check a patients pulse over sixty seconds. The majority of wrist watches in that era still had the sub second dial at the six o'clock position.

The watch has a 23.4SC (SC standing for Seconde au Centre) calibre movement with 15 jewels which was created in 1935 and released commercially in 1936. It was one of Omega's landmark movements as it was the first calibre they made that had a sweep second hand.

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The movement was also renowned for its accuracy & in 1943 set a record in its size class at the Neuchatel Observatory. This record stood for 8 years, not being bettered until 1951.

Omega continued to use the movement in several successive versions up to 1959 by which time 120,000 had been made.

Hope this is of some interest. Very Happy
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Re: Omega "medicus"

on Mon Dec 12 2016, 17:14
great right up and a great watch/movement, i assume the case is Stainless steel?
look at the work that has gone into that balance wheel Shocked
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Re: Omega "medicus"

on Mon Dec 12 2016, 18:03
Thanks Bruce,

yes, the case is stainless steel. The balance is impressive and the watch is in great overall condition given its over 70 years old. Very Happy
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Re: Omega "medicus"

on Mon Dec 12 2016, 18:25
@daff62 wrote:Thanks Bruce,

yes, the case is stainless steel. The balance is impressive and the watch is in great overall condition given its over 70 years old. Very Happy

A really enjoyable read and thanks for taking the time to do the research and write it up. I'm absolutely fascinated by vintage watches, I still find it incredible some of these watches which like yours are 70 years old and running so well. Needless to say, it's a good looking watch too.
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