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 rationalized 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 specialized in superior, more expensive movements and watches compared to its sister Brandt companies.
This pocket watch is in very good overall condition. The enamel dial has no hairline cracks just a little chip located on the rim between 12 and 1. There is little discolouration and the black printing is still dark and saturated. It has Arabic numerals, gold-coloured Poire hands and a small seconds sunken sub-dial at 6.
Many of the Labrador movements were of exceptionally high quality and typically chronometers with double-screwed chatons (solid gold) and swan neck regulators with a micrometric screw. See the last picture for an enlarged view of one of the double screwed gold chatons. Also note labrador engraved on the movement. 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 local market as the case was made in Switzerland. Due to restrictions on the movement of precious metals, the movement would have been exported from Switzerland and fitted to a locally made case had it been for export. The case overall is in very good condition with a few minor dinks and two impressions where the loop had been held. There is no rub-through of the gold plate.
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* 49.5mm Power Manual Calibre Labrador
* Excluding the crown