The First OMEGA Wrist-Chronograph Limited Edition

In 1913, OMEGA produced one of the world’s first wrist-chronographs and helped to change watchmaking forever. Now, the brand has journeyed back to that significant moment, taking 18 original movements from the era and refurbishing them for a truly special collection.

History is reborn

While the outside design closely follows a popular OMEGA wrist-chronograph from 1913 – a real piece of history is found within. Each of the 18 Limited Edition models houses an original 18’’’ CHRO calibre from 1913. Retrieved from the vaults at the OMEGA Museum, the prized calibres have been beautifully refurbished by the experts at OMEGA’s Atelier Tourbillon.

"The famous 18’’’ CHRO calibre was used in OMEGA’s earliest wrist-chronographs."

The Movement

Several hundred hours of handcrafted work went into transforming each of the 18’’’ CHRO movements. The refurbishment was a skilled process undertaken inside OMEGA’s Atelier Tourbillon and all machines used were original, ensuring that the watchmaking remained true to history.

Refurbishing the movement

"A movement that is 105 years old has now been given a second life."

The Enamel Dial

This easy-to-read design was popular with aviators during World War I – especially thanks to its 15-minute counter. OMEGA has recreated the look for this Limited Edition model using incredible techniques, attention to detail and commitment.

Creating the Dial

"OMEGA used true vintage logos throughout the design of this timepiece."

The Case

18K white gold was used to create the shining case, which can be opened from the back to reveal the movement inside. Touches of 18K Sedna™ gold were also used for the crown, pusher and central seconds hand.

Presentation

Each chronograph is delivered inside a handcrafted leather trunk. This artisan box includes two additional leather straps in novonappa gold leather and burgundy leather, as well as unique strap-changing tools, loupe and a travel pouch.

The Overall Result

This extremely special timepiece is 47.5 mm and comes presented on a brown leather strap with white gold rivets. The white enamel dial features hollowed Arabic numerals, blued “Empire” hands and the same “military-favourite” design from 1913.

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