For sale we have a beautiful Art Deco Antique circa 1923 Omega pocket watch. It was retailed by Parsons Ltd Bristol, which is visible with the double signing on the dial. It is of an open face design, with a double hinged case back. It measures 49mm in diameter. It has a white enamel dial with attractive Art Deco stylised Arabic numerals. It also has a design of hands that I have not come across before, which have an excellent thermally blued finish. It has a chrome plated Omega case, which is signed Omega to the inside. The movement is a manually wound calibre 40.6L calibre, which has been recently serviced.
The chrome plated case has dimensions of 49.25mm x 49.25mm, with a length of 60mm including the crown and stem. The chrome plated has some wear to the finish, in line with the age of the pocket watch. The case back opens to expose the polished inner case back, with the Omega signing and serial number to the inside. The inner case back has perlage finishing with matching serial number. Both hinges are good, with both backs closing tightly.
The dial is a white enamel dial, with stylised Art Deco Arabic numerals. It has a simple railroad track for the minutes, with an in-set sub-second dial with single second marks and 10 second Arabic graduations. It is signed double signed Omega, with the retailers name ‘Parsons Ltd Bristol’. The hour and minute hands are of moon style, with non-cut out circles, which is very rarely see. They have aged to a beautiful purple tone with age. The sub-second hand is original with diamond shaped counterbalance.
Inside is the calibre 40.6L movement, which is manually wound, with a jewel count of 15. It has a well-executed striping to the bridges, with sunburst brushing to the winding wheels. It has a cut, compensated bi-metallic balance. It has been recently serviced and is keeping time to within -30 seconds a day. The movement serial number 6139840 dates the watch to 1923.
This is a pleasing example, with a Bristol based double signing on the dial. Combined with its stylish numerals, hand design and uncommon movement calibre, this is a lovely 101 year old pocket watch.
Parson’s jewellers, now known as Foxhills Jewellers are Britains oldest jewellers. They began under the name George Edgecumbe, when he opened in a Tudor building in Old Market in Bristol. In 1825 John and Nathanial Edgecumbe began working as clockmakers, under the name J & E Edgecumbe. In 1868, John married Elizabeth Parsons, with their son George, helping the business branch out into jewellery. A second shop opened in 1868. In 1992 Edwards Parsons, the seventh generation to run the store, died leaving his widow Freda in charge. As they did not have any heirs, the business was sold seven years later, to Paul Davis, who was a family friend. When he sold in 2014, the business moved to Thornbury high street and in 2020, was re-branded to Foxhills.
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A further condition report is below.
The dial is enamel and is in good original condition. It has good and clear railroad track, hour markers and signing. It is a bright white tone. There is some slight discolouration near the centre of the hands, with some hairline fractures between 4 and 6 at the edge. No chips or big hairlines.
The hands are original. They are of an unusual moon/Breguet style, with a thermally blued finish. It is bright, with natural oxidisation turning the hands a deeper, more purple town. The sub-second hand is also original and thermally blued.
The crystal is an acrylic replacement and is in very good condition.
The crown, stem and loop are good and original. Signs of wear to the chrome finish.
It is an open face pocket watch, with double hinged case back. It is chrome plated and is in average condition for its age, with some wear to the chrome plating and green colouration. It has light surface scratching and pitting.
The case back is in average condition, with scratching to the top. It has some wear to the chrome plate, with light surface scratching. Inside, it has a good polished finish with Omega signing and serial number. It has multiple service etchings. The hinge is in good condition and it closes tightly.
Inner hinged back:
The inner case is formed of Stainless Steel and is in good condition with only light surface scratching. The hinge is in good condition and it closes tightly. It has no dents. Inside it has perlage finishing with the same serial as the outer cover.
The movement is an Omega Calibre 40.6L movement. It is a good quality 15 jewel movement, which is manual wind.
The movement is in very good condition for its age, both cosmetically and functionally. It has been serviced by ourselves. It keeps time to within -30 seconds a day, with an amplitude of 310 and a beat error of 0.1m/s.
Case width: 49.25mm
Case length: 49.25mm
Case length with crown: 60mm
Case length with crown loop: 65mm
Case Depth: 13mm
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