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27 February 2001

OMEGA re-edition 1938 Pilots Watch launch, Duxford Airfield, Cambridge

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OMEGA watches revisited the 1930s with a launch event at the Duxford air-museum in Cambridge. OMEGA invited some very special guests to experience a flight in some authentic 1930s aeroplanes.

To celebrate the launch of its 1938 re-edition Pilot's Watch, OMEGA invited some of its key retailers, including Jurek Piasecki from Goldsmiths who was daring enough to fly in the Tiger Moth aeroplane, and members of the trade and consumer press to an exclusive day at the historical airfield and museum in Duxford, Cambridge. A beautiful display of the 10 original Pilot's watches from the OMEGA Museum Collection was revealed to the assembled retailers and media.



As part of the fitting launch scenario for the replica watch, a Tiger Moth pilot, complete with period leather flying jacket and the Re-edition 1938 Pilot's Watch, treated some selected lucky guests to a flight, whilst the remaining guests were taken for short flights in the equally awesome Dragon Rapide. Martin Stewart of Peter Jackson, Southport was the lucky winner of a competition held by OMEGA the previous evening, in which he won an authentic leather flying jacket and the coveted first trip in the Tiger Moth!



After the flights the guests were taken on a guided tour of the American Air Museum, which houses some of the most remarkable aeroplanes from the last century, including fighters from World War Two and a jet used in the Bond film 'Tomorrow Never Dies'!



The Pilot's watch is the first watch in the new Museum Collection series. Each year, OMEGA will reproduce a classic watch from the OMEGA Museum's impressive collection. The Museum Collection 2001 watch differs from the original watch in a few technical details: the mineral glass has been replaced by scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal and the radium hour markers and hands by a more modern luminous material. 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 and, in keeping with the original, an extra-wide leather strap for wearing the watch just above the knee, as early pilots preferred.


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