1917 Omega wristwatch in solid gold 9k case.
This watch dates back to the very early days when Omega had not long before started manufacturing wristwatches. This watch stands out from all others due to its exceptional, all-original condition and size. Not one of the very small watches that were the fashion of that era but at 34.7mm diameter (ex crown) is equal to the classic 1950s Seamasters.
The off-white dial has a patina reflecting the fact that this is an antique! Black Arabic numerals. Railroad track outer. Signed Omega with Omega logo both in black. Unusual blued steel black stick hands. These are rare for the period but are thought to be original. Small seconds sunken subdial at 6. The acrylic is in good condition with very few marks. The delightful original crown shows very few signs of use.
The case is solid 9k rose gold and is hallmarked both on the inside of the case back and on the inside of the bezel. The out rim of the bezel has a coin edge where it meets the acrylic. The case is in exceptionally good condition for a watch that's over 100 years old and displays very few visible marks. There is a recent scuff mark and a very slight associated impression on the case back.
The bezel is snap-fit. The dial, with the movement attached, will then swing out on a hinge. The watch runs on the Omega in-house calibre 15'''S 7-17p which is also in exceptionally clean condition.
The watch is fitted with a new brown Hirsch leather strap.
To find a WW1 era Omega wristwatch in this condition is extremely rare and to find one of this size makes it exceptional.
1917 Omega 9k Sold Gold
Year 1916-1923 Case Metal 9k Gold Back Metal 9k Gold Back Type Fixed Diameter* 34.7 Length** 38.1 Power Manual Calibre 15'''S 7-17p
* Excluding the crown
** Tip of lug to tip of lug