The first model (Edition 2001) in the OMEGA Museum Collection was launched in 2001. It was a new edition of a 1938 pilot’s watch, with its original technical specifications brought into line with the state of the art in watchmaking.
The inspiration for the second model came from the first-ever OMEGA watch with a multiple calendar complication. The original COSMIC watch was first launched in 1947 and was equipped with the first OMEGA multiple calendar calibre – one of the most ingenious inventions in Swiss watchmaking.
The 2002 OMEGA Museum Collection model is a replica of the square-cased version of this watch from 1951, which displays the exact time, the date, the day of the week, the month and the moon phase. Each of the four date functions can be corrected by pushers hidden in the case middle in slots that are no bigger than a pin head. Simply pressing these pushers using the special stylet provided is sufficient to adjust the display.
The design of the watch retains the same typical features of the 1951 original, with a square case and the tear-drop lugs that were characteristic of post-war watches. In other respects, however, the new edition has been improved over its predecessor thanks to the latest watchmaking technology: whereas the original had a manual winding movement and was not water resistant, the 2002 model is self-winding and water resistant to a depth of 50 metres.
The heart of the watch is the multiple calendar OMEGA calibre 2601 movement by Frédéric Piguet. The movement is self-winding with hour, minute, small seconds, day, date, month and moon phase functions. It has a rhodium-plated finish with circular graining, Geneva wave decoration and gold-plated engravings. Thanks to its double barrel configuration, the movement offers an impressive power reserve of 72 hours.
The OMEGA COSMIC’s case and bezel are in 18 carat red gold, with a solid red gold crown. The dial is a domed square with applied facetted hour markers and applied OMEGA symbol. The date functions are read off from day and month windows above the centre of the dial and a date scale around the edge of the dial.
The watch has diamond-polished Alpha-shaped hour and minute hands with a central date hand and small seconds hand at 6 o’clock. The upper part of the small seconds counter contains a moon phase display. This is all protected by a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with multi-layered anti-reflective treatment on the inside. The dark blue dial is complemented by a dark blue alligator leather strap with 18 carat gold buckle.
Production of the OMEGA Museum Collection 2002 was limited to 1951 units. Each watch was presented in a special wooden gift box with a certificate of authenticity.