How many times does an Omega keep up with Patek Philippe in price? While we think Omega is an awesome brand with some amazing watches and history, particularly the Speedmaster that claims the title of first watch on the moon, Patek Philippe usually has a lock on high prices for watches in a similar category. However, here is a case where Omega flexed its muscles and gave Patek Philippe a run for its money.
Patek Philippe is prized for its enamel work and people pay a premium to own one of these pieces, many created by enamel luminary Suzanne Rohr, who worked exclusively for Patek Philippe for many years.
However, did you know that Omega also produced a small series of superb cloissone enamel dials during a small window of time from 1946-1956, often made by request. This Seamaster cloissone enamel dials that depicts Neptune riding the waves in a chariot drawn by his horses is one such example. We explain more about this watch here.
Already estimated at a significant $63,000-110,000, this time-only Seamaster”Neptune” brought in a whopping $256,000, over two times its high estimate. After fierce bidding the Omega Museum came out victorious.
In the same auction was a time-only Patek Philippe Ref. 1595 illustrating a Tahiti forest. This piece was estimated at $74,000-110,000 and earned $294,000.
We say bravo, Omega, bravo.