Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 21, 2021

LOT 266

Ref. 166.072 (second generation), self-winding, centre-seconds, date, alarm, silver dial; “Seamaster” “Memomatic”; stainless steel

EUR 1,100 - 2,300

USD 1,350 - 2,800 / HKD 10,200 - 21,300

Sold: EUR 1,690

“The only doubly-automatic alarm and calendar watch which rings to minute”

Stainless steel, self-winding, tonneau-shaped, gentleman’s wristwatch, water-resistant with screwed case-back, silver colour dial with applied radial indexes with luminous dots, centre-seconds, and two horological complications:
• Instantaneous date of the month (aperture at 3 o’clock; recessed date corrector on the case-band at 3 o’clock)
• Alarm (winding by the crown at 3:30; setting on the central revolving dial by the crown when the button at 2:30 is pulled out)

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Omega, Bienne / Biel

Model “Seamaster” “Memomatic”

Reference 166.072 (second generation)

Year circa 1971

Movement No. 33 321 326

Case No. unnumbered (by Piquerez, Bassecourt / Altdorf, Bernese Jura)

Bracelet black leather Omega strap; stainless steel Omega deployant clasp (Ref. No. 27)

Caliber 980 (based on Lémania 2980; 21 600 v / h)

Dimensions 43.5 x 40.4 mm

Signature dial, case and movement


Lémania supplied his calibre 2980 to Omega to produced their “Memomatic” watches (“Seamaster” collection) under the name of calibre 980, “The only doubly-automatic alarm and calendar watch which rings to minute”.

Movement based on the Swiss invention patent No. 513 447, delivered on May 28, 1971 (application filed on October 7, 1968), to Omega Louis Brandt & Frère S. A., Bienne / Biel, for a “Pièce d’horlogerie à organe indicateur actionné manuellement” (Timepiece with a manually operated indicating organ).

• Guilfoyle, Desmond, Omega Memomatic Alarm Watches, 2009 (9 pp.).