Introduced in 2001, OMEGA’s Museum Collection offers a series of special and exceptional watches that pay tribute to brand’s own history.
One of OMEGA’s biggest strengths is combining traditional values with today’s highest technological standards. Only a few watchmaking brands can look back on so many highlights that have written contemporary history. Souvenirs of this rich past have until now been reserved for visitors to the OMEGA museum. Since its opening in 1983, the OMEGA museum has not only been hugely popular among watch enthusiasts throughout the world, it is also repeatedly used as a source of inspiration for new creations. The desire to make at least some of these fantastic historical pieces available to today’s customers gave rise to the OMEGA Museum Collection project.
The designs are based on originals that are 50 years old or more. These timepieces, which, in addition to representing historical values, also meet all the requirements of a present-day watch by using the technology of the third millennium, epitomise the traditional individuality of the OMEGA brand – aside from the world-renowned Constellation, Seamaster, Speedmaster and De Ville collections.
The first model of the OMEGA Museum Collection, the Edition 2001 is a new edition of a 1938 pilot’s watch. The latest version differs from its predecessor in a few technical details: the mineral glass has been replaced by scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal and the radium hour markers and hands by a more modern luminous material.
|OMEGA Museum Collection, Edition 2001|
Originally equipped with a hand-winding movement, the new model uses a self-winding chronometer calibre 2200. The solid stainless-steel case is, unlike that of its predecessor, water resistant to 50 metres.
The bi-directional turning bezel has been kept, allowing a separate time scale to be moved around the edge of the dial. The watch has a striking dark-brown suede strap. One extravagant detail as a tribute to early pilot habits is an additional extra-wide leather strap (approx. 6 x 60cm) for wearing the watch just above the knee “as and when required”
In addition to the OMEGA logo, the back of the watch bears the inscription “THE OMEGA MUSEUM COLLECTION 2001”, the year of the original “1938” and the specification “COLLECTOR’S SERIES NUMBER ONE” with the respective limited series number from “0001/4938” to “4938/4938”. Each model in this exclusive series is presented in a decorative wooden box with a metal plate applied to the lid. A display window over the plate reveals the same inscription as on the back of the watch – including the collection name and model number.