Omega introduced their very first watch with a sweep seconds hand in 1937 and called it the Medicus. The Medical profession preferred the much larger sweep seconds hand than the traditional small second's hand within a sub-dial. It made taking a pulse so much easier especially in the poor internal lighting conditions of the 1930s.
The watch for sale here was one of the very early ones and dates back to no later than 1938. Most Medicus watches are small by today's standards, often with a diameter excluding the crown of 30mm or less. This one is considerably larger at 33mm so compares well with the highly popular 1950s Seamasters that were generally 34mm.
The technical dial has mellowed over the years displaying patina and some discoloration around the edges. As is usual with most Medicus watches the second's hand has a counterbalance and points to the outer index that is graduated to 1/5 of a second. Blues steel Plume hands. This watch is wound manually and retains its original crown.
The stainless steel case is in excellent condition with micro scratches commensurate with very light use. No dents or deep scratches. The snap-fit case-back is also stainless steel and has been designed to locate the 23.4mm movement securely in place. Fully marked Omega.
The 23.4SC movement runs well and has had a full professional service.
Comes with a new non-Omega black genuine leather strap.
Omega Medicus 1938 33mm
Year 1937 - 1938 Case Metal stainless steel Back Metal Stainless steel Back type Snap Diameter* 33 Power Manual
*mm excluding the crown