Information

  • Brand: OMEGA
  • Year: 1940
  • Model: Chronograph
  • Reference: N/A
  • Calibre: 33.3 CHRO
  • Movement: Manual
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Features/complications: Chronograph and square pushers
  • Dial: Bronzed, two-tone dial with outer printed tachymetric and pulsation scale and multi-scale with inner minute track with strokes to 1/5th of a second featuring printed Arabic numerals with steel hour, minute and chronograph hands
  • Case dimensions: 37.5 mm
  • Bracelet/strap: Leather strap
  • Accessories: N/A
  • Web reference: 02944
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    Essay

    • Developed by Lemania in 1933 the OMEGA manual winding chronograph 33.3 and was a technical marvel for its time and is still revered by collectors today. The 33.3 was far larger than most chronographs for its time and became a favourite of many military forces as well as explorers of the day. The three-piece stainless-steel case is in great condition with well-defined crisp edges to the lugs.

      This calibre was initially produced with an independent start-stop reset mono-pusher located at 2 o’clock. However, like the calibre 28.9, a version with two pushers was introduced in 1938: a separate stop-start pusher and a reset pusher integrated into the crown or at 4 o’clock. Anti-shock and anti-magnetic was introduced in 1942 and the name of the calibre 33.3 CHRO changed in 1949 as two lines of chronograph models were introduced: the calibre 170 used to equip non-resistant models and the calibre 171 to equip water-resistant models.

      The calibre 33.3 CHRO was regarded as a very precise and reliable movement with 14,000 pieces produced until 1952.