For sale we have a good example of a 1929 Omega 9ct gold cushion case watch. It has a beautiful white enamel dial with stylised Arabic numerals. It is a classic dial in its design. The cushion case is made by Dennison and has British hallmarks for Birmingham assay office. The case is a neat proportion measuring 30mm x 30mm. Inside is a 15-jewel manual wind Omega calibre 26.5SOB. The watch is running well and is good overall condition.
The case is a very pleasing cushion shape which is well formed and good quality with Dennison’s manufacture. It has wire lugs which are good and strong measuring 18mm lug width. It has a subtly curved bezel which falls away towards the edge to meet the flat sides, before the same subtle angle takes it around to the case back. The coin edge finished crown is a neat touch which encapsulates the design of this period. Inside the case has Swiss hallmarking for 9ct gold at Birmingham assay office, dating to 1929.
It was commonplace during the period that movements would be imported without cases to avoid import duties on precious metals. Makers such as Dennison made high quality cases which would be paired with the movements and sold under license through UK jewellers.
The white enamel dial is bright and free of any unsightly hairline fractures or large cracks and chips. It has a simple railroad track around the exterior, with stylised black Arabic numerals. The dial is neatly signed Omega below 12 O’clock with the Omega logo. The sub-second dial is shallowly inset into the dial and is of traditional design with clear 10 second graduations.
The original thermally blued hands are of Breguet style. The thermally blued finish is a pleasing tone which catches the light. The sub-second hand is original in a lovely dagger style.
The movement is an Omega 26.5SOB. It is a manual wind movement with sub-second. It has a jewel count of 15, operating at a frequency of 18,000 BPH, with a 37 hour power reserve. The service history is unknown, but the watch is functioning well. It’s keeping time to +50 seconds a day.
Overall, this is a charming example of a late 1920s cushion case Omega, in a well-made 9ct gold Dennison case, with a reliable and accurate Omega calibre inside.
Full condition report below. Please see the images as these compliment and aid the description provided below.
The dial is enamel and is original. It is in good condition with no chips or fractures. The signing is good and with only slight wear.
The hands are original and are of Breguet style. They are thermally blued with an even tone and no signs of corrosion or bending.
The acrylic crystal is a modern replacement with only some light scratches.
The crown is original and has wear to the gold plate. It functions as it should.
The 9ct gold case is formed of 3 pieces, with a centre piece having wire lugs, a snap on bezel and snap on case back. All aspects of the case sit flush and tightly as they should. It has light scratching associated with ageing. Overall, it is in good condition for the age.
The case back is formed of 9ct gold and is in good condition. It has no denting, no inscription and only light surface scratching. There is a slight notch on the side where the case back is popped off.
The watch comes on a used genuine leather strap with metal tabs for fixed lugs.
The movement is an Omega 26.5SOB. It is a manual wind movement with sub-second. It has a jewel count of 15, operating at a frequency of 18,000 BPH, with a 37 hour power reserve.
The service history is unknown, but the watch is functioning well. It’s keeping time to +50 seconds a day, with an amplitude of 255 degrees and a beat error of 0.2m/s.
Case width: 30mm
Case width with crown: 31.5mm
Case length: 30mm
Case length lug to lug: 33mm
Case Depth: 9.5mm
Lug width: 18mm
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