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Press Release

Omegamania Sweeps The World

For Immediate Release

April 16, 2007

Omegamania Sweeps The ...

Geneva, April 16, 2007. Omegamania, organized by the world's leading horological auctioneers Antiquorum, generated the total of CHF 6,536,911 (incl. Buyers' premium)($5,540,000)(Euro 4,010,375 ca.) selling all 300 lots for three times their presale estimates. Several world records were set, including the highest price ever paid for any Omega at auction and additionally for a non complicated self-winding wristwatch.

A Platinum Constellation Grand Luxe dating from 1953 went to a Swiss bidder for 413,700 CHF ($351,000) (Euro 255,370 ca.) after fierce competition from Italy and Japan.

A UK buyer, who would not disclose his name, acquired the Seamaster Planet Ocean worn by Daniel Craig during the filming of Casino Royale. The tension inthe auction room at that moment would reatly have pleased the book's author, Ian Fleming, as the bidding became ever more intense between, room, phone, and online bidding. The watch finally sold for the astounding price of 250,250 CHF ($213,000) (Euro 154,475 ca.).

More glamour entered the saleroom, as a bidder present at Baselworld acquired a ring watch, once owned by the unforgettable actress Ursula Andress, designed by Andrew Grima in 1972, for 261,750 CHF ($221,822) (Euro 161,574 ca.).

Many, many lots doubled, triped or made ten times and more their presale estimates. Two original Speedmasters, the watch that became the first and only model ever to be worn on the moon, were sold for 30 times more than the current retail price.

Osvaldo Patrizzi, founder and chairman of Antiquorum, said: "Omegamania has confirmed the arrival of Omega int he top echelon of collectors' brands. Omega's most collectable timpieces now join Patek Philippe and Rolex".

Vincent Ferniot, a renowned French journalist, said: "Omega collectors like me always felt a little discredited by other watch brand collectors. We knew that the prices of our vintage Omega watches were underestimated. From now on we might even be envied. I have been an Omega fan for years and after the weekend in Geneva, I shall now proudly consider myself as a real Omegamaniac".

Stephen Urquhart, president of Omega, said: "We are extremely happy at the outcome of the auction, which exceeded all our expectations. It has shown all watch fans the fantastic richness and scope of the brand and its heritage. Today's auction will remain as a milestone in Omega's history".

Antiquorum has again demonstrated its famed ability to conduct live auctions with simultaneous bids coming from the room, online, telephone... and for the first time ever in public auction history there were bids via satellite from the international watch fair Baselworld, attended by thousands of visitors. For the record 48,500 people all over the world followed the auction via Internet link, with one thirt of the lots sold online.

This incredible auction result was a legitimate outcome of the awareness and attention raised during the 2-month long world tour, the 608 page illustrated catalogue printed in 75,000 examples as well as the fact that Omega, after having refurbished all the timepieces, provides a 2-year warranty on each lot; a very first in the auction world. The whole Omegamania story has been covered by major broadcasters around the world bringing visibility to billions of viewers.

Lot 170 “PLATINUM CONSTELLATION GRAND LUXE” Omega, “Constellation, Chronometer, Officially Certified”, sold on April 23, 1958. Very fine and exceptionally rare, self-winding, center seconds, water-resistant, platinum gentleman’s wristwatch with diamond-set dial and an articulated platinum bar-link Omega bracelet with clasp. This watch is sold with a box, a Certificate of Authenticity, and a 2-year Omega guarantee. Property of an Asian Collector. Estimate: 30,000 CHF - 40,000 CHF Result: 413,700 CHF ($ 351'000 ) (Euro 255,370 ca.)

Lot 235 “MISSIONS” Omega, “Speedmaster Missions Collection”, No. 33 of 40 sets. Made in 1998. Extremely rare and impressive set of 23 Omega Speedmaster wristwatches in a large fitted case, comprising 22 Omega Speedmaster Professionals. For instance one with missions emblem on the subsidiary seconds dial, and one “Broad Arrow” replica, another is a display caliber 1861, and a loupe. Accompanied by the guarantee, instructions, original certificate and a book detailing the missions represented in the set. This set is sold with a Certificate of Authenticity and a 2-year Omega guarantee. Estimate: ON REQUEST Result: 368,900 CHF ($ 312'627 ) (Euro 227,716 ca.)

Lot 273 “URSULA ANDRESS RING WATCH” Omega, sold on February 4, 1972. Very fine, unusual, rectangular, diamond, platinum, and tourmaline ring watch by Andrew Grima. This watch is sold with a box, Certificate of Authenticity, and a 2-year Omega guarantee. Estimate: ON REQUEST Result: 261,750 CHF ($ 221'822 ) (Euro 161,574 ca.)

Lot 109 “GOLD OBSERVATORY TOURBILLON” Omega, Usine de Genève "Tourbillon". The 6th of 12 movements made in 1947 then entered in the 1950 Geneva Observatory trials where it scored 812 points and was the tenth highest-scoring watch of the 38 in the class. One of seven movements cased and sold in 1987. Extremely rare and very important, 18K yellow gold gentleman's wrist chronometer with a 7 1/2 minute Tourbillon regulator. This watch is sold with a box, Certificate of Authenticity and 2-year Omega guarantee. Estimate: 120,000 CHF - 180,000 CHF Result: 256,000 CHF ($ 216'949 ) ( Euro 158,000 ca.)

Lot 300 THE “CASINO ROYALE PLANET OCEAN” - ACTUALWATCH WORN BY DANIEL CRAIG DURING THE FILMING Omega, “Seamaster Professional, Co-Axial, Chronometer, 600m/2000ft”, “Planet Ocean”. Worn by Daniel Craig during the filming of “Casino Royale” in 2005/2006. Very fine, rare, and important, tonneau-shaped, self-winding, water-resistant, center seconds, stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with date, revolving black bezel for the decompression times, and rubber strap with a stainless steel Omega buckle. This watch is sold with the original box, Certificate of Authenticity, and 3-year Omega guarantee Estimate: ON REQUEST Result: 250,250 CHF ($ 213'000 ) (Euro 154,475 ca.)

Lot 110 SILVER OBSERVATORY “TOURBILLON” Omega, Usine de Geneve "Tourbillon", Cal. 30 I. The 4th of 12 movements made in 1947, then entered in the 1948 Geneva Observatory trials, where it scored 806 points and again in 1952, where it scored 735 points. One of seven movements cased and sold in 1987. Extremely rare and very important, sterling silver gentleman's wrist chronometer with a 7 1/2 minute Tourbillon regulator. This watch is sold with a box, Certificate of Authenticity and 2-year Omega guarantee. Estimate: 100,000 CHF - 150,000 CHF Result: 215,750 CHF ($ 182'838 ) (Euro 133,180 ca.)

Lot 290 “CO-AXIAL CENTRAL TOURBILLON” Omega, De Ville, “Co-Axial Central Tourbillon”, No. 1. Made in 2007. Exceptional, self-winding, water-resistant, 18K pink gold gentleman’s wrist chronometer with central one-minute tourbillon regulator, co-axial escapement, and an 18K pink gold Omega deployant clasp. This watch is sold with original fitted box, Certificate of Authenticity, and 3-year Omega guarantee. Estimate: ON REQUEST Result: 164,000 CHF ($ 138'983 ) (Euro 101,235 ca.)

Lot 160 “OBSERVATORY DIAL” Omega, “Constellation, Chronomètre, Officially Certified”. Sold on December 17, 1954. Very fine and exceptionally rare, self-winding, center seconds, 18K yellow gold gentleman’ s wristwatch with polychrome cloisonné enamel dial depicting an observatory and the night sky, and an Omega buckle. This watch is sold with a box, a Certificate of Authenticity, and a 2-year Omega guarantee. Estimate: 25,000 CHF - 35,000 CHF Result: 152,500 CHF ($ 129'237 ) (Euro 94,136 ca.)

Lot 200 “BROAD ARROW” Omega, “Speedmaster”. Sold on 2nd July, 1959. Very fine and equally rare, water-resistant, stainless steel gentleman's wristwatch with round button chronograph, registers, tachometer and a stainless steel Omega bracelet with deployant clasp. This watch is sold with a box, a Certificate of Authenticity, and a 2-year Omega guarantee. Property of a French Collector. Estimate: 25,000 CHF - 30,000 CHF Result: 106,200 CHF ($ 90'000 ) (Euro 65,555 ca.)

Exchange rate US $1.18 / € 1.6

About Antiquorum Auctioneers

Antiquorum is, unquestionably, the world's leading watch auctioneer. Founded in 1974 in Geneva. Of the 57 wristwatches ever sold publicly by major auction houses above CHF. 1,000,000, Antiquorum claims an impressive 43. In 2002, Antiquorum established the all-time world record price for a wristwatch at auction when it sold a platinum Patek Philippe World Time Ref. 1415 from 1939 for an astounding CHF 6,603,500 (US $4,026,524). This record-reaking price more than doubled the previous world record price for a wristwatch at auction. Another record price for a modern watch was achieved by Antiquorum in 2004, the unique white gold Calibre 89, also by Patek Philippe was sold for CHF. 6,603,500 (US $5,002,652). 10 auctions are held per year in Geneva, New York and Hong Kong. Antiquorum is further represented in Paris, London, Milano, Munchen, Moscow, Shanghai and Tokyo.