Omega. A Limited Edition Stainless Steel Pilot’s Watch
Model: 1938 Japan Only Edition
Case No: 801xxxxx
Cal. 2200 automatic jeweled movement, black matte dial, luminous Roman numerals and outer minute divisions, luminous hands, subsidiary dial for constant seconds, outer silvered polished chapter ring with 12 hour indication in red Arabic numerals, stainless steel case, coin-edged band for a bi-directional bezel that turns the polished chapter ring and luminous pointer, downturned lugs, case back engraved “The Pilot’s Watch”, case, dial, and movement signed.
Condition: NOS – never worn
Accompanied by an Omega presentation box, manual, cards, buckle, and tie tag.
In 2001 Omega launched the Museum Collection, a group of limited edition models based on vintage watches, taking inspiration from watches in their Museums collection. The new models were all based on original designs that were at least 50 years old. It was at this time in the early 2000’s that new collectors for Swiss timepieces began appearing in expanding markets, and this demand led to some of the limited edition models being released in one single market.
One of the limited edition models that Omega produced was the Museum Collection 1938 Pilot’s watch, as a numbered limited edition. Omega also released a similar watch in Japan as the Japan Only Edition, which was not produced in a numbered limited edition, but being released in one single location increased demand and made it harder to come by for collectors outside of that region.
Both the Museum Collection and the Japan Only Edition featured a 40mm case, the same diameter as the original pilot’s watch which it was based on. The original watch was fitted with a mechanical movement, while the modern examples featured an automatic chronometer movement, the caliber 2200. The modern examples were also depth rated to 50m. The Japan Only Edition featured a dial with Roman numerals and no inner scale, which clearly differentiates it from the Museum Collection.