The next Winter Olympics, to be held in PyeongChang, South Korea, begin on February 9, 2018. Omega, official Olympic timekeeper since 1932, begins the two-year countdown with the launch of its Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra “PyeongChang 2018” Limited Edition timepiece.
After going to its Speedmaster collection to commemorate this year’s summer games in Rio de Janeiro (a Bullhead and a Speedmaster Mark II), Replica Omega turns to its sporty, maritime-themed Seamaster Aqua Terra family — characterized by its teakwood-deck-motif dial, here in blue PVD — to represent the PyeongChang winter games.
The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra “PyeongChang 2018” Limited Edition adds to the familiar Aqua Terra design codes with the words “PYEONGCHANG 2018,” in the colors of the five Olympic Rings, inscribed on the minute track. In an amazing coincidence, the numerals “2018” align precisely with the “18” and “20” minute indices, a phenomenon that cannot recur in our lifetime.
The stainless steel case measures 41 mm in diameter and includes a transparent sapphire caseback, which is decorated with the colorful “PyeongChang 2018” Olympic logo. The limited edition number of the replica watches (of which only 2,018 will be made) is engraved on the side of the case. Beneath the caseback, the wearer is offered a view of the watch’s movement, Omega’s Master Co-Axial Caliber 8500, which features automatic winding, chronometer certification, and a co-axial escapement, among other attributes. Available in March, the replica watch, priced at $160, comes in a special Olympic-themed presentation box.
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An exquisite hole-in-one prize of a luxury Omega replica watch will be on offer when the Omega Dubai Desert Classic gets under way at Emirates Golf Club from February 4 to 7.
As the title sponsor of the longest-running European Tour event in the region, Omega will present an exclusive Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Master Co-Axial to the first golfer to ace the par-3, seventh hole at the Majlis course.
Best known for its role as Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games, the Swiss luxury replica watchmaker has been associated with the ‘Major of the Middle East,’ as the tournament is fondly referred to, for a long time, first coming on board as partner and official timekeeper before assuming the role of the title sponsor in 2009.
“The partnership with ‘golf in Dubai’ provides us with a fantastic platform to develop our brand in the region’s booming market and show the world we are a leading player in this sport,” said Raynald Aeschlimann, replica Omega’s vice-president and International Sales Director.
“The exposure we get from these two events as title sponsor is very important. You cannot measure this experience in terms of money, but there’s a very good response to all that we’ve done in this dynamic region,” he added.
“A thrill for everyone, the hole-in-one prize will certainly be a talking point among players and will help draw a big gallery to the hole. It will be interesting to see which lucky golfer walks away with the wristwatch that features an 18K red gold and stainless steel case,” he added.
The odds of a professional golfer making a hole in one on a par-3 hole are closer to 2,500 to 1, but the fake Omega Dubai Desert Classic enjoys a pretty decent record of 25 holes in one, including nine at the seventh hole, in 26 events.
With a gleaming lake stretching from the front edge of the tee to the green’s apron, the par-3, seventh, measuring 186 yards, is a great vantage point for spectators. Germany’s Martin Kaymer was the last to ace the hole, a feat he achieved in 2012.
Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice-chairman and CEO of golf in Dubai, the organisers of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, said: “With time, our association with Omega has grown to a whole new level, something which is a substantial upside for both organisations. Together, we look forward to making the 27th edition of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic one of the best yet.”
An Omega timepiece is the ultimate mark of a thrill-seeker.
The prestige Swiss label got its fast-and-furious cred in 1932 when it was named the official timekeeper of the Olympics. Then, Buzz Aldrin donned an Omega Speedmaster for the moon landing in 1969, earning it the nickname “Moonwatch.” Now, the timepiece is most commonly associated with a certain 007 secret agent, who’s favored Speedmasters since the 1990s.
Christie’s auction house has one of the best stashes of vintage Omegas around. Senior Watch Specialist Eric Wind told Maxim, “There’s been a big explosion in vintage interest. It used to be really focused on Patek Philippe and then Rolex, but as those values have gone up and more collectors have flooded into collecting vintage replica watches, other brands have had similar booms, and Omega is definitely one of them.”
Christie’s has jumped on the Omega bandwagon and is following up December’s $1.3 million Speedmaster auction with another sale, this time featuring various Omega models. The online auction ends on February 9.
One top lot has even been to outer space.
While this batch caters to Christie’s discerning clientele, this auction is also the perfect place for anyone to begin a collection. Wind said, “We’re continually looking for new customers. We even have some of these replica watches starting at $100, which is a great price for some of these rare Omega replica watches.”
Make your bids on Christie’s website if you’re feeling up to it. Below, check out some of the remarkable timepieces currently up for grabs.
Omega Speedmaster X-33
Although this is a digital watch, it was designed in the traditional Speedmaster style. This particular watch belonged to Russian cosmonaut Sergei Zalyotin, who brought it along on missions to both the Mir and International Space Stations in 2000 and 2002, respectively. While it has patina in spades, it’s first and foremost a stellar piece of wrist candy.
Wind said, “[Omega replica watches] remain so popular today because they’re very modern. They’re big, easy to wear, and durable rather than petite dress watches that aren’t quite as appealing to a younger generation.”
Omega 25th Anniversary Speedmaster
Speedmasters typically utilize steel, but this limited edition piece has upped the ante with white gold. It was created in 1994 for the 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission and is one of 500 of such replica watches made.
Wind said, “There is a real rarity as well with these pieces because sometimes we can say for a fact we know three of these were made or only one of a model was made, so that is something that can’t be recreated.”
Here’s the wild card of the bunch. In stunning pink gold, this Omega Constellation was originally gifted to an American man in 1957 by the Hākim of Bahrain, Sheikh Sir Salman II bin Hamad al-Khalifa. While the conspicuous coloring indeed turns heads, it also bespeaks Omega’s commitment to elegant and classic designs.
According to Wind, we don’t commonly see such one-of-a-kind pieces these days, when “watch companies are owned by luxury conglomerates that are approaching things more from profitability rather than in the days when these were much smaller companies that were tailoring their goods for specific clients.”
Omega Seamaster 120
The Seamaster was first unveiled in 1948. All the same, it remains a centerpiece of the Omega lineup for its clean dials and sharp, modern looks. This one dates back to 1968 and is endlessly versatility.
“The other thing about Omega is that they sort of fit into this tool watch aesthetic that is really popular,” Wind said. “They’re bigger replica watches, chunkier watches, and chronographs, as well as dive watches.”
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
This one hasn’t got the same history as the others, but it’s certainly part of a long Omega tradition. This Seamaster was manufactured in 2005 as part of a limited edition collection for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy. Though it stands out with blued steel hands and red numbering, it most prominently evokes the Olympic games that gave this watchmaker its cred.
Space watches are the ultimate sport replica watches, aren’t they? Forget deep-sea diving, flying fighter jets, or hauling up the world’s tallest mountains; there’s nothing like rocketing past the atmosphere that captures the mix of nerdiness and machismo that attracts watch collectors. Just over 500 people have left the earth and come back, and Christie’s is giving a true fanboy a chance to own one of their replica watches.
As part of its latest online-only watch auction, Rare Omega Replica Watches, Christie’s is offering this Speedmaster X-33, worn by Russian Cosmonaut Sergei Zalyotin on multiple missions at the turn of the century. While traditionally NASA and a few other space agencies used the Omega Speedmaster Professional as their mechanical timekeeper of choice, the thought was that by 1995 technology had come far enough that the decades-old chronograph was outdated and no longer the best tool. So replica Omega was asked to come up with a successor and what we got was the strange X-33.
First, the X-33 is an electronic quartz watch, making it more accurate than a mechanical watch. The 41mm case is made from titanium to reduce weight and increase strength, and the dial is a hybrid of analog and digital displays. The basic time display still uses hands but the chronograph and alarm functions utilize the LCD screen to simplify the dial. The crown also adjusts functions with a series of presses, which is supposed to make it easier to use with space gear on. In addition to being used by astronauts and cosmonauts, the X-33 was often issued to military test pilots as well.
Zalyotin was given this particular X-33 by the Russian Federal Space Agency in 2000 and he wore it that year on a mission to the Mir space station as well as on later missions to the International Space Station. According to Christie’s, this is the only wristwatch to have ever been worn on both space stations. The replica watch is being sold by a collector who purchased it directly from Zalyotin and included with the box, papers, and accessories are two signed photographs of the cosmonaut himself.
It’s been a big year for space-worn watches selling publicly. Usually, because the fake omega watches worn by astronauts, cosmonauts, and other space travelers are equipment issued by space agencies, they remain in government hands forever. But when they do make it to public markets, prices are appropriately high. In December, Christie’s sold a Speedmaster that flew to the moon on Apollo 17 for nearly a quarter-million dollars, and just a few months before that a Bulova chronograph actually worn on the lunar surface fetched over $1 million.
This Omega Speedmaster X-33 is part of Christie’s online-only Rare Omega Replica Watches auction, which runs from Jan. 28 through Feb. 9. The estimate for this watch is $100 to $200.
This week, discover our test of the Globemaster Omega Co-Axial Chronometer Master Replica Watches.
Omega replica brand of the Swatch Group, World No. 1 in watchmaking, has provided this new automatic watch from the Constellation range of a face at once elegant, sober and exemplary feature that is sure to appeal to fans – especially in this blue version. With a 39 mm housing diameter fully satin, this replica watch Globemaster Omega Co-Axial Chronometer Master plays again on the records of sobriety and discretion.
“Movement side, the Globemaster Omega Co-Axial Chronometer Master offers an original background. It is plated and secured by four screws while his movement is visible through a sapphire crystal anti-reflective treated whose center is decorated with a medallion the famous observatory dome and the eight stars, emblem of the Constellation line, “says our partner The Watch Observer.
Through the ice takes up the caliber Replica Omega Co-Axial Chronometer Master 8900, a mechanical self-winding movement of last generation. “Its sporty elegance, its tremendous versatility, vintage feel, its highly efficient movement of the XXI century and contemporary design make it an irresistible timeless replica watch,” concludes The Watch Observer.
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Let’s be clear. The reason we’re talking about modern moon replica watches from replica Omega is this watch: the Speedmaster “Dark Side Of The Moon.” Few could have predicted such a contemporary interpretation of Omega’s most historically important watch, the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. Presented in black ceramic, the “Dark Side Of The Moon” is a pioneering fake watch, in honor of the Apollo 8 astronauts who saw the dark side of the moon for the first time. The material, and color, were relatively new, but an instant hit. The original “Dark Side Of The Moon” is priced at $120.
Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon
For every yin there is a yang, and so the dark side would make way for the bright or “White” side of the moon in 2016. Identical in its design and in the materials used for the fabrication of its case (Omega replica stuck with ceramic), the replica watch looks nothing like its predecessor. Funny how much can change by changing the colour of a watch. Hands in 18k white gold and a white crocodile leather strap complete the albino look. The White Side Of The Moon is priced at $108.
Omega Speedmaster “Dark Side Of The Moon” Sedna Black
The “Dark Side Of The Moon” did return in 2016, but Omega made a few changes, starting with the introduction of 18k Sedna Gold. A proprietary alloy developed by fake Omega watches for its extra durability, it features throughout, in the bezel, hands and applied indexes, and shines a bit of light into the “Dark Side Of The Moon.” The Sedna Black is priced at $120.
Omega Speedmaster “Dark Side Of The Moon” Vintage Black
It may be called Vintage Black, but there is nothing vintage about this version of the “Dark Side Of The Moon.” So-called because of its Super-LumiNova tachymeter scale, indexes and hands, as well as its brown leather strap, Vintage Black is nonetheless betrayed by its 44.25mm case and matt ceramic dial. It is the perfect modern Moon replica watch. Inspired by fake watches with history, but made with a pioneering material. The Vintage Black is priced at $150.
Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award
“What could you do in 14 seconds?” This question, inscribed on the dial of the latest Omega Speedmaster is the catalyst behind of the extraordinary story linking the Swiss replica watches brand to Apollo 13. The 2016 Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award pays tribute to the 45th anniversary of the aborted lunar mission, which nearly killed three NASA astronauts. Available in Omega boutiques worldwide in September 2016, this limited edition of 1970 pieces is priced at $135.
At Baselworld this year it became known that Omega was releasing a new version of its Seamaster “PloProf”, a watch which has a cult following amongst hard core dive watch enthusiasts. With titanium case, ceramic bezel inserts, and an Omega Master Co-Axial caliber (visible through a sapphire-crystay display back!), it is safe to say that Omega continues to evolve and refine its original “omega replica watches” with features and aesthetics afforded by modern day watchmaking capabilities. Actually the new Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer is being offered in a variety of different color & strap/bracelet combinations, all with the core features I just mentioned. It’s an exciting refresh, and below I will briefly explore the history of the PloProf and then we’ll take a look at some of the new models.
The PloProf derives its name from the French term Plongeur Professionnel (Professional Diver), and was arguably the first watch designed and built specifically for the diving professional. Bearing reference no. 166.077, the original PloProf debuted in 1970 after years of development in conjunction with Comex and famous explorer Jacques Cousteau. Its distinctive design and heavy emphasis on function over form with features such as a bezel lock (the orange button on the side of the case), crown lock, monoblock case with 600 meter water resistance, and other features eventually made the watch a cult classic.
Omega remade the PloProf in 2009, modernizing it with both aesthetic changes and mechanical upgrades such as an Omega co-axial chronometer caliber 8500, multi-part case, water resistance rating increase to 1200 meters and more.
For 2016, Omega is offering four versions of the replica Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer, including black with a black bezel, blue with a blue and 18k Sedna gold bezel, white with a blue bezel, and one with a gray ceramic bezel. The new 2016 editions thus mark the second “remake” of the famous dive watch since its debut over 40 years ago. The changes are not insignificant starting with the move to a titanium case. At 55mm x 48mm and made of stainless steel, the PloProf has always been a big, bulky watch. Titanium will change this dramatically.
Another big move is the use of a sapphire display back. Virtually unheard of decades ago, modern day technology has enabled deep-rated divers to be produced with sapphire display backs. Though some purists might prefer a non-see-through caseback (the original PloProf had a textured caseback to help keep the replica watch from sliding around), the aesthetic enhancements afforded by a sapphire display without sacrificing depth rating seem well worth it. Particularly as in this case you get to see the Omega Master Co-Axial Caliber 8900 (See my earlier article: Omega Master Co-Axial Calibers Arrive, What Does It Mean? March 2014 for more background)
There are a handful of other changes as well. Just to point out a few: use of ceramic bezel inserts (look very sharp), the seconds hand is now orange-tipped, and the absence of a date window. The omission of a date window moves away from both the original PloProf and the 2009 remake. It is a welcome absence, in my view. Just scroll back and forth between the original 1970’s PloProf, the 2009 PloProf, and the 2016 PloProf seen here and you can see the design evolution of the watch.
Here is another of the new 2016 models, this one utilizing Sedna gold (an Omega-exclusive special gold alloy) and dark blue dial for a bit more luxurious look (perhaps this one will not be the favorite of PloProf purists):
Prices for the Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer replica watches were last reported at $126 for the black dial / black bezel (ref. O22790552101001 — not pictured) and white dial / blue bezel (ref. O22790552104001), and $138 for the gray Ti dial (ref. O22790552199001), and $180 for the blue dial / 18k Sedna gold ref. (O22760552103001).
In its long history, Omega has contributed numerous important replica watches and innovations to the world of watchmaking. In this excerpt from our “Omega Milestones” E-Special, we chronicle seven of the 25 most important watches Omega Replica has ever made. For the complete E-Special listing all 25.
The world’s first minute-repeater wristwatch was unveiled in September 1892 by the Bienne, Switzerland firm of Louis Brandt & Frère, precursor to today’s Omega replica watch company. Brandt had chosen Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus to modify a 13-ligne Lépine ébauche that Audemars had purchased from the ébauche maker LeCoultre & Cie. The striking mechanism was triggered by a slide at 3 o’clock. The complex wristwatch case strongly resembles that of a pocketwatch. Engraved on the dust cover is a phrase in French that translates as “Excluded from the competition: juror, Paris 1889.” The engraving suggests that the watch had been exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, but had not been allowed to participate in the competition for medals because César Brandt, who ran the firm with his brother Louis-Paul, had served on the jury of the Paris World’s Fair in 1889.
First Omega Wristwatch (1900)The first wristwatches bearing the Omega name were produced in 1900 and used by British officers in South Africa’s Boer War (1899-1903). Omega replica was one of the first firms to begin serial production of wristwatches. The replica watches withstood the rough treatment they got. An Omega advertisement in a watchmakers’ magazine in Leipzig in 1904 publicized the testimony of a British artillery officer whose Omega wristwatch performed admirably in bitter cold, searing heat, torrential rain and merciless sandstorms. The lieutenant colonel concluded that “The wristwatch is an essential campaign element.” The wristwatches were powered by a Lépine 12-ligne Caliber HN B and were available in two versions: one with the crown on the right, to be worn on the left wrist, and the other with the crown on the left for wearing on the right wrist.
Omega Seamaster (1948)René Bannwart is considered the father of the Omega Seamaster line. The man who would later found Corum had begun building Omega’s design department in 1940. This was new. At that time, sketches for new models were usually drawn by draftsmen in watch-case factories. Bannwart’s decision set Omega on a new path that other brands would soon follow. To celebrate Omega’s 100th anniversary, Omega replica sales director Adolphe Vallat asked Bannwart to develop a sporty, robust and waterproof wristwatch. Bannwart felt that Vallat wasn’t giving him enough time, so he presented one of his case designs with the comment “much too clunky.” To Bannwart’s surprise, Vallat was delighted. The result was the Seamaster family. It had its origins in replica watches uk supplied to Britain’s Royal Air Force in World War II. The 1948 civilian version of the pilots’ watch had a water-resistant case (to 50 meters), a screwed caseback with lead gaskets, a reinforced crystal, a silvered dial, and polished and riveted Arabic numerals. The version with small seconds, which was also available as a certified chronometer, contained the new automatic Caliber 28.10 RA RG-343. The model with a central seconds hand was the 28.10 RA SC-350.
Omega Constellation (1952)Omega began using the name “Constellation” in 1952 to denote its officially certified wrist chronometers. The premier model was powered by Caliber 28.10 RA SC PC RG AM (nicknamed the “352”), which first appeared in 1945. This caliber wound itself via a unidirectional hammer-type winding weight. It also featured an indirectly propelled central seconds hand. The 28.1-mm-diameter, 5.4-mm-thick movement passed the official chronometer tests with flying colors. Its sturdiness, reliability and precision prompted Omega to produce the Constellation in large numbers. This model was also Omega’s first serially manufactured wristwatch chronometer.
Omega Speedmaster (1957)The Omega Speedmaster, destined to become the most famous chronograph in the world because of its use by NASA for the Apollo program, was introduced in 1957. But the Speedmaster story really begins in 1943 with chronograph Caliber 27 CHRO C12, developed by Jacques Reymond. Born into a long-established family of watchmakers, Reymond had joined Omega’s subsidiary Lemania in 1942. The “CHRO” in the caliber designation stood for “chronograph,” the “27” referred to the movement’s diameter in millimeters, and “C12” denoted the additional counter for 12 elapsed hours. Further developed by Albert Piguet in 1946 and christened by fake Omega with the shorter name “321,” this movement was the smallest of its type at the time. Credit for the Speedmaster case design belonged to a group at Lemania, including designer Claude Baillod, prototype-maker Georges Hartmann and machinist Désiré Faivre. The watch’s salient features were a black dial, luminous hands, a tachymeter scale, water-resistant case, screwed back and domed Plexiglas crystal. The diameter was originally 39 mm. A 40-mm version with the tachymeter scale on a black background along the flange appeared in 1960.
Omega De Ville (1967)Omega launched De Ville as a separate line in 1967. It had been a collection within the Seamaster line since 1960. Simpler, younger, more colorful, and more varied than the Seamaster, it quickly became Omega’s best-selling collection. The name stood for an entire philosophy because the De Ville wasn’t created at Omega’s headquarters in industrial Bienne, but in sophisticated Geneva. The collection was intended to represent a new urban elegance. The designers had sought and found a modernistic element in wristwatch design. The collection included rectangular models containing the ultra-slim hand-wound Caliber 620. The synthesis of modernity and timelessness turned out to be just right. Omega De Ville wristwatches won six “Golden Roses” at the Baden-Baden design awards in the 1970s as well as the coveted Grand Prix Triomphe de l’Excellence Européenne.
First Co-Axial Escapement (1999)The Omega De Ville Co-Axial contained automatic Caliber 2500, the first wrist chronometer with a co-axial escapement. The escapement was invented by English master watchmaker George Daniels. Omega developed Daniels’s design so that it could be manufactured in large quantities. Caliber 2500 was a modified self-winding movement from Omega’s Swatch Group sister, ETA. The co-axial escapement went a long way toward solving two fundamental problems that had plagued long- lasting precision timekeeping. First, every change in the viscosity of the lubricant oil detracted from the regularity of the rate behavior. Second, over time, the oil gradually disappeared from the locations where it was most needed in the movement. Daniels revised the architecture of the impulse-giving elements to reduce both the friction and the influence that the lubricant’s viscosity exerted on the balance’s amplitude. Unlike conventional escapements, his co-axial escapement consists of an intervening wheel, a co-axial wheel and a lever with three pallet jewels. The lever acts only when the balance swings counter-clockwise. To fully exploit the advantages of this escapement, 27-jewel Caliber 2500 had a Glucydur balance with a frequency of 28,800 vph and a flat, freely swinging hairspring. The movement debuted in a simple round case for which Omega reactivated the name “De Ville.”
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Graceland was the celebrated home of Elvis Presley for more than 20 years. Today, it is a museum of the game-changing rock-and-roll singer’s life. But that doesn’t mean it is a static entity; Graceland is a vibrant memorial to the King of Rock and Roll – and it even periodically stages auctions of memorabilia.
In honor of what would have been the King’s 81st birthday on January 8, Graceland is putting on an auction of some significant artifacts with 126 lots going under the hammer.
Included in this auction are two interesting replica watches once purchased by Elvis Presley.
Lot 96: a 1973 Omega TC1 with inscription
Even without having gone through the hands of the King, this lot would be a worthwhile purchase as a genuine interesting artifact from the history of horology: the Omega Time Computer was one of the first digital omega replica watches ever produced in Switzerland, and it also has the distinction of being the first Swiss replica watch with an LED display.
The Omega Time Computer displays the hours and minutes as well as the seconds in ruby-red digital numerals upon pressing the button on the side of the case. A magnetic key for setting and adjusting the time is hidden within the clasp of the metal bracelet. To set or adjust the time, the key is placed on two contact points on the case back.
Quartz Caliber 1600, accurate to within five seconds per month at the time of its manufacture, powers the watch, which is TV-shaped from the front but round from the back.
The stainless steel case and bracelet is gold-filled (heavily plated) with 80 microns of 14-karat gold.
Elvis Presley often purchased replica watches as gifts, and this particular item comes from a cache of 30 that he purchased from “his” Memphis jeweler Lowell Hayes on August 30, 1974.
In late 2015, as I was researching my story on Elvis Presley’s watches for the annual Hollywood Reporter watch supplement, I spoke with Jerry Schilling, one of Presley’s closest confidantes (a member of the so-called Memphis Mafia) and the author of Me and a Guy Named Elvis.
“He was the first guy I knew who had a digital wristwatch . . . a leading-edge one,” Schilling told me over the phone from his home in Los Angeles. “He definitely wore it, but I don’t think it was one of his favorites. I think it was a trendy thing that caught his eye as something new. He always liked new, leading-edge types of things.”
This particular example was one that had been gifted to another member of the Memphis Mafia: Charlie Hodge became part of Presley’s close-knit entourage in 1970 and also worked as a roadie of sorts, a producer for his television shows, and as an all around gopher (like all of the Memphis Mafia). He also provided backup vocals and guitar work on records and at performances.
Hodge lived at Graceland for 16 years until 1977, when the singer passed away.
This Omega Time Computer, which is in working order, exhibits a special engraving on the stainless steel case back: “To: Charlie From: E.P.” Its high estimate is $160.
Lot 65: gold Baume & Mercier from 1969
This lot once again underscores how generous Presley was with people he enjoyed and how often he gave the gift of time. This time it was a cache of five 14-karat gold manual winding Baume & Mercier wristwatches, one for each member of the gospel music group, the Imperials: Terry Blackwood, Roger Wiles, Jim Murray, Joe Moscheo, and Armond Morales.
On the final evening of the performances starring Presley and the Imperials at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, the King presented each member a personally engraved timepiece. This example comes from Armond Morales, one of the founding members and the only original member to still be in the group to this day.
The inscription on the back of the gold watch reads “To Arman from Squirrly E.P.”
Note that Morales’ first name is misspelled as is “Squirrely,” a nickname that originated in the rehearsals for the thirty-day residence during which Presley apparently goofed around a lot.
The fake omega watch was likely worn very little and shows only minor signs of wear. It is estimated to hammer at $150 on the high end. I am particularly enamored of its 14-karat gold Milanaise bracelet, a true mark of taste.
Bids can already be entered via the Invaluable omega auction site.