This is a really interesting piece that encapsulates the very best of the early years of the Brandt Brothers watchmaking before Labrador and its sister companies were rationalised into the newly formed 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 / very early 20th century, when this piece was made, the Labrador brand specialised in superior, more expensive movements and watches compared to its sister Brandt companies.
This pocket watch is in very good overall condition. Importantly the dial has never been repaired and displays no hairline cracks. The shadows on the dial are just that - shadows due to it being photographed outside in natural light. There is little discolouration and the black printing is still dark and saturated. It has Roman numerals, gold-coloured Poire hands and a small seconds sunken sub-dial at 6.
Many of the Labrador movements were of exceptionally high quality with double-screwed chatons (solid gold) and swan neck regulators with a micrometric screw. The watch for sale here has these features. A very similar design to the Labrador chronometer pictured on page 38, Omega A Journey Through Time.
The watch would have been made for the American market and due to restrictions on the movement of precious metals, the movement would have been exported from Switzerland and fitted to a locally made case. The case was made by the famous American casemakers Fahys. The case overall is in good condition. There are age-related dinks to the case back and considerable wear to the gold plate on the case-back.
A superb piece of high precision early Omega heritage.
1900 Labrador (Omega) Pocket Watch
Year 1900 Case Metal Gold plate Back Metal Gold plate Back Type Snap Diameter* 50.3mm Power Manual Calibre Labrador
*excluding the winder