Louis Brandt & Frere Early Omega Pocket Watch Cal. 19 C.1895 Extremely Rare For Sale
Up for sale is an extremely rareand highly collectible .875 Silver open face pocket watch made by the famous Swiss watchmaking company Louis Brand & Frere, Omega as we know today. This watch has been manufactured around 1895 and it was designed by François Chevillat. It was the first movement to wear the Omega logo, who would later give the company name. The Swiss made movement engraved with Omega symbol on the balance cock, is in perfect working condition, and has a winding mechanism through the crown at twelve.The watch was retailed on the Russian Empire market, as it bears the Russian silver purity hallmarks: 0.875, 84 (see pictures), and the Swiss rampant bear hallmark (see pictures). An extremely rare item signed Louis Brandt & Frere, in their early times. A museum item!
Before 1877, Louis Brandt, the father of Louis-Paul and César Brandt, was already enjoying a great success in selling his watches across Europe, under the Louis Brandt & Fils brand.
And what a legacy he left... According to Omega Museum, this is what they mention about their first 100 years of existence:The first brands were Louis Brandt and Gurzelen in 1882, followed by Décimal in 1884 and Labrador in 1885. The combination of these brands covering different market sectors allowed the company to expand and by 1889 it was the largest manufacture of finished watches in Switzerland, producing a then-staggering 100,000 watches per year and employing 600 people.This unparalleled success led to the firm becoming a centre of research and development with many firsts, including the first minute repeating wristwatch in 1892, the first full calendar watches with “big date” in 1893 and a new Carillion repetition system in 1894. Arguably, the most influential was an improved winding and hand setting mechanism in 1895 which would be used in the newly created OMEGA calibre.
The unprecedented ease of repair and accuracy of this movement, due to the high level of precision during the manufacture, led to global success for the brand and as a result the company officially changed its name to Louis Brandt & Frére - OMEGA Watch Co. in 1903.A small description about the Calibre 19", made in 1894:
This calibre made history. It incorporated revolutionary manufacturing methods and introduced a production line concept which was ultimately adopted by the entire Swiss watch industry. It was the calibre 19''' but it was better known by the name “Omega”.
Designer: François Chevillat
Description: The calibre 19''' occupies a very special place in OMEGA’s history. The renowned 19''' calibre (''' = lines; 19''' = 43 mm diameter) was characterised by the perfection of its design by François Chevillat, the ingenuity of certain mechanisms, such as time-setting using the winding stem and by its relatively modest price. It was manufactured using methods that were revolutionary at the time: mechanised or industrial-scale production and "divided" assembly whose production line was based on the complete interchangeability of each component in the movement, a system adopted progressively by the entire Swiss watch Industry.
Considered the last word in
watchmaking technology of the time, the movement was named Omega by
analogy with the 24th and last letter of the Greek alphabet, a synonym
for accomplishment, completion, perfection and crowning excellence. It
was an astonishing success and its name was given to the company in
1903.L. BRAND & FRERE Trademark: Louis Brandt & Frere was registered as a trademark on 2 / 5 / 1895, in Bienne, Switzerland, for producing ebauches, watch cases, dials and complete pocket watches. TODAY
YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO BUY YOURSELF AN "ORIGINAL LOUIS BRAND & FRERE POCKET WATCH" Pre OMEGA,
CAL. 19" WITH AN EARLY CASE 1.4 MILL CASE SERIAL NUMBER. HOW MANY WOULD YOU FIND TODAY IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS ?PERSONALLY, AFTER YEARS OF COLLECTING AND TRAVELING THROUGH EUROPE & ASIA OR SEARCHING THE INTERNET TO SOURCE THE BEST COLLECTIBLE WATCHES, I CAN HONESTLY SAY, I'VE ONLY SEEN A COUPLE L. BRANDT & FRERE, MADE IN c. 1880's, POWERED BY ANCRE MOVEMENTS IN GUN METAL OR SILVER CASES, LONG BEFORE OMEGA MOVEMENTS; SO THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST L. BRANDT & FRERE EXAMPLE, AND AN EXTREMELY RARE GEM!
Early Omega - L. Brandt & Frere Cal. 19" - Extremely Rare -FIRST NAMED OMEGA MOVEMENT - Circa 1895
L. BRANDT & FRERE,THE FIRST OMEGA MOVEMENT
.875 SWISS SILVER PAIRED CASE, CAL. 19" MECHANICAL MOVEMENT
SWISS, Antique: 1895SIGNED
DIAL:'L. BRANDT & FRERE'
CASES: '84 | 0,875' RUSSIAN SILVER HALLMARK QUALITY, '1442116' MATCHING CASE SERIAL
MOVEMENT: 'OMEGA' SYMBOL ON BALANCE COCK, PATENT +8760
The 100% Original enemal roman numeraled dial features the "L. Brandt & Frère" name at the top, sub seconds dial at 6:00 position and original art deco hands set - extremely rare.
Thedial is original andexcellent condition, simply MINT. No signs of wear, hairlines, cracks or chips in the enamel.
The mineral crystal is inexcellentcondition with minimal signs of wear and patina.The case is in fair condition for it's age. The back silver case show visible signs of wear, scratches, marks, scuffs or dents as a result of general wear. This back opens toa silver cover over the movement that shows signs of wear or scratches mostly from cleaning and opening the cuvette. However, the case remains in original patina and condition.
The case opens and closes nicely and show visible signs of wear. All the imperfections arepresented inpictures.
Case serial: 1442116. Case hallmarks: 84, 0,875 Russian Empire silver quality marks. Rampant bear Swiss silver manufacture mark. Manufactured c.1895.Movement OMEGA Calibre 19": Swiss giltedmovement, mirror polished screws, Gold screw compensation balance, blued balance Breguet hairspring, lever escapement with visible stones.
The watch is hand-wound and set and is currently keeping perfect time. Movement works perfectly. Movement shows the Omega Greek-letter logo, and is the first Louis Brandt & Frère movement.Case measures 51.25 mm without crown bolt | 72.10 mm with crown bolt. Thickness 16.35 mm.The watch does not come with original box and manuals, but it will comeaccompanied by a fitted box.Overall condition: Excellent considering the rarity, and fair considering the condition; visible signs of wear to the case. However, the movement, dial and handsare in excellent condition. The watch looks really nice. All fuctions work correclty. Thewatch does not need service. All the imperfections are shownin photos.Any other defects not mentioned in description but visible in the pictures will be considered as described.The watch, like all the items we sell,is Guaranteed 100% Authentic and as OMEGA HISTORYAccording to the archives, used more then50 trademark names over the years. Please find a few trademark names used by Omega below:[ Company [ Company details Omega Watch Co. Biel, Genf und La Chaux-de-Fonds, Louis Brandt & FrereC / Societe des Gardetemps La Chaux-de-Fonds und Neuchâtel, Societe Suisse Genf und Biel, l'Industrie Horlogere SA Fabrique Le Locle, Schweiz; gegründet Chs. Tissot & P.W. Ellis & Importname; Toronto, Kanada; gegrüdet 1872 Louis Brandt & Omega Watch Co. Uhrwerke, Gehäuse, Taschenuhren, Zifferblätter; Biel, Schweiz; registriert am Omega Watch Co. Biel, Schweiz, Louis Brandt & Edmond E. Importname; New York, USAOmega Cross & Importname; New York, USA HISTORYFounded in 1848 at La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland by Louis Brandt, Omega is possibly the best-known watch brand in the world.
Omega SA is a Swiss luxury watchmaker based in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. Omega is one of the most well-known and recognized watches in the world. Britain's Royal Flying Corps chose Omega watches in 1917 as their official timekeepers for its combat units, as did the American army in 1918.
Among the company's many achievements is that Omegas were the first (and only) watches to be worn on the moon! Omega watch was the choice of NASA and the first watch on the Moon in 1969.
Omega has been the official timekeeping device of the Olympic Games since 1932. James Bond has worn it in films since 1995; other famous Omega wearers, past and present, include John F. Kennedy, Prince William, and Buzz Aldrin.
Pre-owned condition, but no signs of hard ware or damage! This is a fabulous time piece! Don't miss this great opportunity!
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