Note, the dial is pure white!
This stunning pocket watch is a real piece of Omega heritage. Now a genuine antique, the watch dates back to a time when Omega consisted of a number of sister companies which were eventually homologated under the Omega name in the early 1900s. In this instance, the movement was manufactured by Regina which was one of the sister companies whilst the watch would have been marketed as an Omega with the Omega logo appearing on the dial. This represents a transitional period before which it would have had Regina on the dial and after which it would have had Omega on the dial together with an Omega movement. Quite a unique period when not many of these watches exist today and very few are in the condition of this example. For those who are interested there is a lot of information relating to Regina online.
First off there is little evidence that this watch has been worn. Any small or micro-scratches could easily be polished out if you really wanted it to be close to new old stock. The white porcelain dial is pristine and it is pure white, not the bluey/grey you see in the pictures. There are no marks at all and no hairline cracks. The dial finish is the same as the day it left the factory and the print is fully saturated black with no fading. The Omega-shaped blued steel hands are gorgeous. Time is displayed through Arabic numerals and there is a sunken sub-dial at 6 for the seconds. The Omega logo is printed just above the name of the retailer H Kessler of New York.
The gold-plated case is in as equally good condition as the dial. The shape is very rare - a square with rounded corners and curved sides! All-original crown and detailed bow. Inside the case-back, it is marked Fahys Bristol. Fahys was a renowned American watch case-maker based in or nearby New York. Due to restrictions on the import and export of precious metals, the movement was manufactured in Switzerland and shipped to the USA where the final assembly took place ready for sale in the local country. Bristol is the case model name - 14k gold filled and guaranteed for 25 years. The case back number coincides with the case number showing they were made to fit together.
The Regina movement is suberbly engineered and is superior to the standard Omega movement of the day. It is beautifully finished and those in the know will pick up on the central solid gold chaton, retained by three tiny screws and the swan-neck micro regulator.
This is a superb piece for the Omega collector orenthusiast.