Formerly known as the La Generale Watch Co. it was founded by Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1848. In 1903 they renamed the company Omega until 1982 when they officially changed their name to Omega SA. They are part of the Swiss Swatch Group.
This 1944 Omega was made towards the end of World War 2. A very similar looking watch was the Omega Suveran, introduced in the 1940s to help the Swedish government break their dependency from Germany. The government sold the watch to its citizens thereby directly funding themselves. It's 35mm brushed and polished stainless steel case is slim in profile with leading lines ending in tapering curved lugs. Its 42mm lug to lug length with sloping lugs ensures a comfortable fit on the wrist. A stepped bezel holds a domed crystal. An egg-shell coloured dial has an outer minute track. Lumed Arabic numerals mark the hours. Syringe hands have lume infill with a heat blued sweeping center seconds hand. On the right side, a signed button crown large enough to make adjustment and winding a breeze. On the reverse, a machine turned screw-down case back. Inside a Manually Wound Omega Cal. 30T2 SC.PC, 17 Jewels, 18,000 beats per hour. A reliable and robust shock protected movement with a balance regulated with screws and fitted with a Breguet overcoil balance spring. Omega Changed their numbering system from 1949, iterations of this movement ended with the Cal.286 in 1966. Fitted on an 18mm leather strap.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Omega box or Omega paperwork. The watch comes paired on an aftermarket dark brown handmade leather strap. The dial has developed an even patina throughout, original lume is present on the dial, the hands are also completely original. The case is in original condition and has been professionally refinished at some point to an incredible standard as you can see. The movement does come with the KibbleWatches 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
This is easily one of the nicest vintage Omega's I have seen in some time. The perfect patina to the dial and naturally aged lume is just insane to look at, especially admiring under a loupe or via the macro shots. Watches like this are what make doing this as a fulltime job difficult, I just wish I could keep them all, so save me and buy this.