4.1400 ‘Robust’ Caliber, Omega ‘DEPOSE No 9846’ Wristwatch , Silver, 1915

Vintage 1915 OMEGA DEPOSE wristwatch with early case design that treads the line between pocket watch and wristwatch. Silver, 35mm. Impressive, original enamel dial with wide numerals and red 24-hour markings. The dial and case are very well preserved, the condition is close to perfect and looks stylishly old-fashioned. The watch has undergone servicing with full disassembly, cleaning, oiling and adjusting. Comes with a 6-month guarantee and thick, stylish brown strap with silver buckle accents.

 

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Key Features

Early wristwatches mark the transition period from pocket watch to wrist form. Spectacular enamel dial with wide numerals and red 24-hour markings, expressive dark blue hands. The body is stout and dense . The crown is large and comfortably shaped.

According to the Omega movement serial number catalogue, the serial number on this watch dates it back to around 1915. Included is an image of a number of advertisements from 1906 – 1916, the period during which the first wristwatches came out – first for military, and then civilian use.

In 1903, the firm Dimier Frères & Cie patented the design of a watch case with brackets and a leather strap for wearing on the wrist – this is one of the first pieces of evidence for the emergence of the first wristwatch. The legendary patent received the number 9846, and the license was sold to several companies – it is this patent number that is punched on the inside of the cover of this watch – “DEPOSE No 9846”.

Pay attention to how intact the dial and case are; the case is unpolished, with a nice old grey patina from decades of careful storage.

The mechanics are in excellent condition, this timepiece is suitable for everyday wear.

About Omega

Omega SA is a Swiss luxury watchmaker, currently a subsidiary of the Swiss Swatch Group, originally founded by Louis Brandt in 1903 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The company was initially called Louis Brandt et Frére – Omega Watch & Co, but this was shortened in 1982 to Omega SA.

Omega has experienced much success during their existence. They were chosen to be the official timekeeper for Britain’s Royal Flying Corps combat units in 1917, and then again for the USA Army in 1918. They were the official choice of NASA, and the first watch on the moon in 1969 for the Apollo 11 mission. The list goes on and on… Omega has been the official timekeeper for the Olympic games since 1932, has been worn in all the James Bond films since 1995; other patrons of the company have included Buzz Aldrin, Elvis Presley, and John F. Kennedy.

Servicing and Guarantee

This timepiece has been serviced with full disassembly in our Bristol workshop. There is a 6-month guarantee, subject to the usage and care guidelines. The watch come with a new and interesting looking high-quality wrist strap.

Overview

Body: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  (9/10 near perfect)

Watch face: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️   (10/10 like new)

Mechanism: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️  (9/10 near perfect)

Accuracy: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  (9/10 near perfect)

Case and Strap

  • Original, stout rounded case – transitional design from pocket watch to wristwatch.
  • Silver.
  • Mineral crystal.
  • Double-hinged caseback.
  • “Omega” brand and serial number punched on inside of caseback.
  • Thick, stylish brown genuine leather strap with buckles.

Dimensions:

  • Width w/o crown 35.5 mm.
  • Width w/ crown 38.5 mm.
  • Height (with lugs) 41 mm.

Dial and Hands

  • Original, white enamel dial.
  • Wide, curling Arabic numerals.
  • Red 13 – 24-hour markings.
  • “Omega” signature and emblem below 12.
  • Small seconds subdial at 6.
  • Blued steel ‘spade’ style hour and minute hands.
  • Small blued seconds hand with tail.

Movement

  • Swiss-made movement.
  • Classic ‘robust’ caliber.
  • Bimetallic split balance with thermocompensation and adjustment screws.
  • Breguet hairspring.
  • Gilt plates and bridges.

Special Feature

There is a special feature on the movement – to set the hands, you need to pull the crown (it is pulled easily), with a slight twist along the axis.

Servicing and Guarantee

  • Fully serviced with disassembly in our Bristol shop.
  • Mechanics in full working order.
  • New genuine leather strap.
  • 6-month guarantee.
  • Guarantee Terms and Conditions. 

Links and Resources:

Omega Movement Serial Numbers. 

Omega SA Official Website. 

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Case material

Silver

Dial tone

Beige/White/Silver

Origin

Swiss

Size grade

32-35 mm

Year approx

1915