01 AS GOOD AS NEW
Putting a new spin on vintage-inspired watches, Omega reaches into the past to give us a tangible taste of century-old horology.
Mechanical watches are a celebration of the past, and modern interpretations of vintage models are even more so. But Omega has taken it a step further by using actual vintage movements from 1913 in its new First Omega Wrist-Chronograph Limited Edition.
The movement in question is the 18’’’ CHRO and it was the first chronograph movement Omega used in a wristwatch. Obviously, the 100-year-old calibres needed some refurbishment but it was an undertaking that involved several hundred hours. The main challenge was to accommodate the differing dimensions of the individual parts, since manufacturing processes from that long ago weren’t exactly known for consistency. For example, the plates and bridges had to be milled out to ensure the new jewels fit in the original components, while parts like the gear-train wheels and the hairspring had to be made from scratch.
Things on the surface have stayed true to the original design, with few changes. The bi-register chronograph is cased in white gold with wire lugs, and has a grand feu enamel dial, blued Breguet-style hands ands and painted Gothic numerals. It’s also stamped with th the old Omega logo. Only the central chronograph seconds hand, pusher and crown are made of Omega’s ga’s proprietary Sedna gold.
As a final touch, the watch features a hinged caseback, as Omega’s first wrist-worn chronographs hs did, when used by the British Royal Flying Corps during World War I. But sapphire crystal has been added beneath it to allow safe viewing of this rare movement. Limited to 18 pieces.
THE NEW OLD A refurbished vintage movement is used in the First Omega WristChronograph Limited Edition.