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This is a really interesting piece that encapsulates the very best of the early years of Omega. It displays four double screwed chatons (solid gold) and a high precision swan-neck regulator, a design more aligned with a chronometer movement. The Brandt brothers manufactured movements and watches under a number of different brands before they finally contracted down to Omega. In the very late 19th 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 today. The movement in this pocket watch, which is stamped Omega on the balance cock, is very representative of the superior Labrador movement. Apparently, and I have not checked this, it is stamped Labrador on the underside together with the movement number.

 

When today we take our miniature technology for granted, back in the late 1800s this was the technology so owning a pocket watch like this would be for the privileged few. 

 

The dial is in exceptional condition with only small marks seen under magnification. Signed Omega in black together with the Omega logo. Black painted Arabic numeral hour markers. Sunken small seconds sub-dial at 6. Beautifully ornate Louis XV gilt hands.

 

Matching the dial in condition is the substantial chrome/nickel case. It has very light marks or micro-scratches probably from only the lightest and infrequent handling. The inside of the case-back is stamped Omega and the serial number matches that stamped on the underneath of the dust cover.

 

The movement reflects the overall exceptional condition of this pocket watch. The Omega logo is stamped on the balance cock as can be seen in the pictures. The chatons mentioned earlier are the round gold inserts in which the jewels sit and the four of these can also be seen in the pictures. Fully ServicedClick here to read an excellent blog post discussing the relationship between the Labrador and Omega movements.

 

This is a super quality pocket watch from Omega in exceptionally good condition and a chance to enjoy the early years of the Omega heritage.

1898 Omega Pocket Watch

SKU: 20009po-ni-ma
£895.00Price
  • Year 1894-1911
    Case Metal Chrome/nickel
    Back Metal Chrome/nickel
    Back type Snap
    Diameter 49
    Power Manual
    Calibre 19'''HN

    *mm excluding the crown