An amazing Omega that hits close to home for us:
Here's a watch that lived through an exciting time in American history...
This little beauty was a private label watch. These watches were ordered by the jewler or general store with the companies name put into the porcelain dial before it was baked. This one in particular was created for a long gone general store down in one of my favorite places on the plane, Cape May New Jersey. This place is one of the oldest beach communities in America, its a wondeful place that is proud of their history as the town is littered with old victorian houses from the turn of the last century. Not only that, but given its time of creation, this watch lived through all the bootleggin and old timey gangsters of the 1920's. Yep, this one grew up in the "Boardwalk Empire".
How in the world it ended up in a antiques store in the midwest where I found it I have no idea. But one look at that dial and its relevance and I needed to get it back to the east coast. We would really love to see this one go back to the area that it came from, however anyone with a tie to this beutiful place is welcome to be its new steward.
This watch has been left in original condiditon as you can see from the case. As we restore the majority of our watches, this is one of the few exceptions given its story. The movement is being professionally restored by one of our master watchmakers, it will take just a bit longer for it to be complete. However this is an opporitunity to get your wrist on something that will most likely be never seen again. Truly magnificent piece...
"Board-Walk Gangster"1919 Omega Private Label
Diameter: 2 and 1 1/2 inches
Case: Philadelphia Watch Case Company, Nickel Plated Case
Production Run: Unknown
Condition: Watch has been restored to full running condition +/- 1-2 minutes.
Diameter: 55 mm from side to side
Hands: Spade Style
Movement: Nickel Finish, 15 Jewels
Strap: 20mm DBWC Custom Aviator Strap in Buffalo Brown with Red Stitching