Wabi-sabi is the view or thought of finding beauty in every aspect of imperfection in nature. It is about the aesthetic of things in existence, that are “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. This particular Omega, with a wonderful spider dial, is a great example of this thinking and seeing beauty in imperfection. The cracking and spiderweb-like effect that defines the dial of this watch is a result of the dial material failing over time, but simply looking at it as a material failure fails to understand the beauty and unique nature of this watch. With such a unique dial ist is also easy to overlook a very sharp case and the heralded Omega calibre 351 bumper movement.
The 33mm stainless steel case is in great condition. The watch features fancy lugs, a signed case, and a replacement crown. The correct crown would be signed with the Omega logo. The acrylic crystal is in matching great condition with no major flaws to note.
The Dial and Hands
As mentioned above, the dial is the true standout of this watch. The black dial has developed cracks in the original material that has resulted in a beautifully imperfect spiderweb effect that makes this watch truly unique. The lume has taken on a bit of age but the lume appears to all be accounted for and presents nicely on the hands.
This watch features an automatic Omega calibre 351 bumper movement. The movement features a 12,XXX,XXX serial number which dates the watch to 1950. The watch is running and the service history is not known.
The bumper movement was an interesting stepping stone in the development of the automatic watch movement. The basic concept of an automatic watch movement is that it captures the energy created by the movement of the wearer and stores it to power the watch thus eliminating the need to hand wind the movement. Today automatic watch movements capture energy by utilizing a weighted rotor that spins 360 degrees, but that wasn’t always the case. In the 1920s an English watchmaker by the name of John Harwood developed what is commonly referred to as a bumper movement. It earned the moniker because it utilizes a weighted section that rotates 120 degrees between a pair of springs and when the rotor kits one of the springs its bumps back in the other direction towards the other spring. The story goes that Harwood was inspired to create the bumper movement after watching children play on a see-saw. Whether true or not the bumper movement is a great piece of watch history and a unique wearing experience for those experiencing the bump on their wrist.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic, Omega 351 Bumper|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|