Two Killer Vintage Omega Stopwatches at Bonhams London

Alright, so you can't wear them on your wrist, nor will they give you the time of day. But these stopwatches are pretty cool nonetheless. One was just sold by Bonhams London prior to the Goodwood Revival, and the other will be for sale in their November auction. Other than being stopwatches, the two don't have much in common - but each is cool in its own way.

First up, we've got a 1973 split second stopwatch in a fitted case with pushers. We spotted it at Goodwood, where it was being delivered to the new owner so a member of his team could use it for timing at the Revival. The Replica Omega Planet Ocean case's extended pusher system is impressive in it's low-tech appeal, and you can just imagine some guy in a racing suit sitting track-side with this thing around his neck in the 70s. Hammer price on this piece was ��850, so just over ��1000 after premium and fees.

The Replica Omega De Ville itself has a textured plastic coating that feels rubbery to the touch, and is quite unusual. At 12 o'clock there is a 30 minute counter, and the split second hand is a cool contrasting orange to make quick reading easy. The movement is a pretty basic caliber 1210, but the 1/10th of a second accuracy and style-heavy case are the real focus here. You can check out the rest of the specs here on Bonhams' website.

The watch up for auction in November is even more accurate, and from nearly 15 years earlier. This 1/100th of a second Omega open-face stopwatch dates to 1949 and has very unusual scales on the dial. The outer ring measures three seconds to 1/100th of a second, while the inner ring counts up to 3 minutes in 3 second intervals (with arabic numerals at 6 second intervals).

Add the blued steel hands, the creamy white enamel dial, and a solid disk instead of a traditional balance wheel (due to the high frequency movement), and you've got one interesting stop watch. It looks more like a dress watch than a racing tool, but that's the late 1940s for you.

All in all, this a really cool find, and the folks at Bonhams tell us the estimate is between ��600 and ��800, which isn't bad for something this unique. The catalog for the fall sale is not yet ready, but we'll be sure to alert you when it is.