Elaborately Painted Enamel, The Dial Marked Omega Pocket Watch – 1800

Case Material: Enamel
Stone: Pearl
Stone Cut: Bead
Case Shape: Round
Case Dimensions: Height: 50 mm (1.97 in)Width: 50 mm (1.97 in)Diameter: 50 mm (1.97 in)
Style: Renaissance
Place of Origin: Unknown
Period: Early 19th Century
Date of Manufacture: 1800
Condition: Good

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This is an incredibly rare and decorative pocket watch. Featuring enamel paintings on both sides, it also has the OMEGA name stamped on the dial. It is likely that this watch was intended for the export market, as it was made sometime between 1894 and 1912, when the OMEGA brand was synonymous with luxury and quality.

The pocket watch's decorative enamel paintings are exquisitely executed. On one side, the enamel is painted with a figure of a woman in period dress, while the other side features a reproduction of "An Allegory of Venus and Cupid and A Triumph of Venus" by Agnolo Bronzino. This painting displays the ambivalence, eroticism, and obscure imagery characteristic of the Mannerist period.

The OMEGA brand has a rich history in watchmaking. Originally founded as La Generale Watch Co in 1848, the company sold watches across Europe. In 1894, the two sons of the founder developed a revolutionary in-house manufacturing and total production control system, resulting in the OMEGA brand. By 1903, the OMEGA Watch Co was officially founded and became a global leader in luxury watches.

Enamelling is a time-consuming process that involves decorating metallic plates to create works of art. Pocket watches with enamel paintings are highly sought after, with two important periods for such watches being the first quarter of the 1600s and the two decades from 1800 to 1820. During the latter period, there was a surge in demand from China, resulting in the production of pocket watches and replicas made for export.

This pocket watch is an absolutely stunning decorative piece that can be admired for its skilled enamel paintings. With a large diameter of 5 cm, it is both a functional timepiece and a work of art. Its beauty and rarity make it an excellent addition to any collection.

Case Material: Enamel
Stone: Pearl
Stone Cut: Bead
Case Shape: Round
Case Dimensions: Height: 50 mm (1.97 in)Width: 50 mm (1.97 in)Diameter: 50 mm (1.97 in)
Style: Renaissance
Place of Origin: Unknown
Period: Early 19th Century
Date of Manufacture: 1800
Condition: Good

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