Famed for their iconic trio of tool watches, Omega is a brand known for its ability to produce high-performing timepieces. While their readiness to create limited editions can be tiresome, the limited-edition Omega Number 9 Milestone 1941 is a result of Omega’s desire to showcase the historic values they had that have culminated in the modern success of the brand.
Here I have a Milestone 1941 produced for Omega’s Museum Collection. Seeking to honor one classic timepiece a year, that must be at least fifty years old, the Museum Collection creates a limited edition model that is a modern interpretation of what was an iconic watch at the time. In this case, the watch Omega is paying homage to is the Omega ref. CK2080.
A manually-wound chronograph from the late ’30s, the CK2080 was favored by high-ranking military personnel as a fantastically wearable and legible option for the battlefield. Here, Omega has celebrated that heritage by giving the Milestone 1941 the very same swing-lugs that the CK2080 had. Popular during the CK2080’s era, these articulated lugs gave the wearer a snug fit and prevented the watch from moving around.
In addition to the period-correct lugs, the Milestone 1941 comes with a telemeter and tachymeter scale in its black dial. These scales speak to the original use of the CK2080 as an integral piece of a soldier’s kit. Instrumental in determining distances, speeds, or any such measurable, these scales bridge the gap between the modern collector and the soldiers who relied on their watches in ways we just can't fathom.
Presented in a 38mm 18kt white gold case and powered by a special manually wound chronometer-spec co-axial cal. 3203 movement, the Milestone 1941 brings Omega’s modern luxurious appeal to a watch that was just as much ahead of its time in the 40s as it is now. Limited to just 1941 pieces the Omega Milestone 1941 is the Omega Museum Collection’s 9th addition to its portfolio, and perhaps it's most unique.