The Swiss watchmaking brand has resurrected its chronograph movements from WWI for an 18-piece limited edition series.
Omega hearkens to the echoes of time alive at the turn of the century, and unearths its collection to release a limited-edition series of military watches.
The Swiss Brand has calibrated the Omega Wrist-Chronograph Limited Edition, which brings to life not only the memory, but the real archival movements housed in the brand’s vaults for 105 years. The 18-timepieces as a part of the series will shelter the chronograph movements from 1913, which have been mined from the vintage collection by the watchmaking brand.
The inception of wristwatches was propelled by its copious usage in military, aviation, and warfare: it was a time when wristwatches were regarded as feminine, but the use of pocket watches was naturally deemed impractical when in battle.
The military-issued wristwatches marked the revolution of timepieces and were first released by Omega in 1900. This was followed by the first wrist-chronograph in 1913, which were heralded to be fit for military use. The Great War broke in 1914, and Omega branded its wristwatches as high-performing chronographs which subsequently landed on the wrists of the Royal Flying Corps, continuing in production for two decades.
The 1913 timepieces house the 18’’’ CHRO calibre movement; which has been restored in the limited-edition pieces. Omega has honoured the historical relevance by laboriously refurbishing the machine, with separate calculations being carried out for each movement. The movements have been encased in an 18K white gold case, and boast of an 18K gold crown, a white enamel dial, blued ‘Empire’ hands, hollow Arabic numerals, and classic leather straps attached with wire lugs. The chronographer has been made from18-karat Sedna gold alloy, the brand’s finishing mark on the contemporary creation. The wrist-chronographs come beautifully boxed in a leather trunk, also sheltering two additional leather straps, strap changing tool, loupe, and travel pouch for the keeper’s delight.
The 105-year old movements of time have etched history in their new cases, and can add to the timeless glory of your vintage memorabilia for $120,000. Hurry, before the clock ticks away!