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Omega. 9k Gold Case. 1939

SIZE OVERALL: 46.6mm (excluding bow and crown)

SIZE MOVEMENT: 39.8mm.   US size 12.

MANUFACTURED IN: Switzerland

YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: 1939

JEWELS: 15

MOVEMENT TYPE: Three quarter plate.

£755.00

The company that was to become Omega was founded in 1848 By Louis Brandt in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland. He was a businessman and produced a range of watches, the parts of which were made by “outworkers” as with almost all European watch makers at that time. Louis’ two sons, Louis-Paul and Cesar moved the business to Bien (Bienne) in 1879 and developed machinery that enabled the production of watches with interchangeable parts by 1894. They produced several brands of cylinder watch, making all the parts in house and one of the first lines of high quality lever watches produced were called Labrador. This relatively new technology sparked the roll out of the Omega company, and the famous Caliber 19, but it was not until 1903 that Omega SA became the official name for the company. From around 1897 all Omega watches were made with interchangeable parts as most Swiss Watch making companies modernised and introduced the mass production methods that were the idea of Aaron Lufkin Dennison in the US and first implemented by him and Edward Howard in 1853 in what was to become the American Waltham Watch Co.. Both the sons died in 1903 leaving one of Switzerland’s biggest watch companies (with an annual production of nearly a quarter of a million watches), in the hands of four young people, the oldest of whom was Paul-Emile Brandt at 23. They worked hard to firstly amalgamate Tissot into the company to form the holding company SSHI and then to promote the brands by both product placing and ensuring that prominent organisations and famous people wore Omega watches. The British Royal Flying Corps used Omegas for timekeeping from 1917 as did the US Army from 1918. NASA chose Omega and it was the first watch to be worn on the Moon in 1969. Buzz Aldrin, George Clooney, John F Kennedy, Mao Zedong, Elvis Presley and Prince William were all wearers of Omega watches. A major bit of product placing was achieved when the Omega company persuaded James Bond to replace his Rolex Submariner with the Omega Seamaster in Goldeneye in 1995 and 007 has used an Omega ever since.

OMEGA. 9k GOLD CASE. 1939.

OVERALL CONDITION: The watch is working well and in near perfect condition.

SIZE OVERALL: 46.6mm (excluding bow and crown)

SIZE MOVEMENT: 39.8mm.   US size 12.

MANUFACTURED IN: Switzerland

YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: 1939

JEWELS: 15

MOVEMENT TYPE: Three quarter plate.

MOVEMENT CONDITION: Good. Stripped and ultra sound cleaned within the last 12 months.

MOVEMENT ACCURACY: +/- 5 minutes in 24 hours

RUN TIME: 24 hours approx. on one full wind.

ESCAPEMENT:  Lever

DIAL: Roman numerals. Good condition, but with some very small marks near the centre.

CRYSTAL: Replacement Mineral glass Crystal

WIND: Crown wind

SET: Crown set

CASE: Dennison 9k solid Gold case. 0.375. Hallmarked for Birmingham 1939

CONDITION: Very good.

KNOWN DEFECTS: No obvious faults.

STOCK No: 483

There may be other faults of which I am not aware.

Old mechanical watches may have wear to component parts and may stop working for no obvious reason.