This is a really interesting piece that encapsulates the very best of the early years of Omega.

 

The Brandt brothers manufactured movements and watches under a number of different brand names before they finally contracted down to Omega. In the very late 19th / early 20th century, when this piece was made, their Labrador brand produced superior, more expensive movements compared to the Omega movement, the name adopted as we know it today. 

 

Also of interest is the dust cover which is engraved "Examd By Gaydon & Sons, Watchmakers to the Queen, Kingston upon Thames. Gaydon's were a very large family of watch and clockmakers prominent in the 19th century. Long since ceased trading but their premises remain today in Thames St, Kingston upon Thames.

 

This pocket watch is in very good overall condition. Importantly the dial has never been repaired and displays no hairline cracks. There is little discolouration and the black printing is still dark and saturated. It has Roman numerals, blued-steel Plume hands and a small seconds sub-dial at 6. The acrylic is scratched.

 

The movement displays three double screwed chatons (solid gold) and a swan's neck regulator with a micrometric screw. A very similar design to the Labrador chronometer pictured on page 38, Omega A Journey Through Time.

 

The case is Swiss made in solid silver .935. Both the case and dust cover are stamped with the rampant bear (for Switzerland) .935 for silver and have identical serial numbers. There's only one small dent in the case back and nothing else other than micro scratches from normal use. It winds and operates well. Of note is that to alter the time you depress the button next to the crown and then turn the crown. You do not pull the crown out like most Omega watches.

 

A superb pice of high precision early Omega heritage.

1900 Labrador (Omega) Pocket Watch

SKU: 20098po-si-ma
£895.00Price
  • Year 1900 ish
    Case Metal .935 Swiss silver
    Back Metal .935 Swiss silver
    Back Type Snap
    Diameter* 51.2mm
    Power Manual
    Calibre Chronometer