This watch is steeped in rarity and history. A truly fantastic vintage Omega dating from 1913, and presented to Mr Horden – of the Horden Brothers company before he left for the Great War.
This form of watch is based on the trench watches of the World War I era, and this one is the only one we have ever had that is in a solid gold case.
Made in 15ct gold, the condition is perfect. The reverse side is engraved with the following,
“Presented by the employees of Messers Hordern Brothers Sydney to Capt E D Hordern on the eve of his departure for the front July 1915“
The enamel dial is in mint condition, with no evidence of damage or hair-line cracks at all.
As you can see, the watch sits in quite a unique way on the wrist. The 12 O’clock position is where the onion crown is, at the usual 3 O’clock position. This watch was made like this and has not been changed and is not a pocket watch conversion.
The fully jewelled movement has been serviced, and runs perfectly.
This is truly one of those finds that explains what vintage watch collecting is all about.