|Year of production (circa)
18k Yellow gold
Omega Bracelet Watch Ref. 124.048
The role of women in the evolution of wristwatches has been more important than is assumed nowadays. Some time in the late 19th century women started wearing watches on their wrists, using the more as jewelry as a timekeeping piece. The general thought was women do not have to know the time, something in this day of age is unthinkable.
So throughout time ladies’ wristwatches were a growing market, each decade had its own style, think the 1930s the Art-Deco. The period our beautiful Omega bracelet watch comes from is the 1950s. After the war, people wear rebuilding countries and in the 1950s luxury came back slowly.
Omega was in that decade leading the market of ladies’ watches. At the Basel fair in 1958, they presented a whole line in the Pavillion de L’Elegance. A huge success.
At first sight, you see a luxury 18k yellow gold jewel, inspired by the famous brick bracelet. But there is a surprise. Push the little pusher on the side and there is a small elegant watch. How cool is that? Movement wise it is manual and easy to wind with the crown hidden on the back of the watch.
The condition of the Omega is impeccable, it has not been worn very much, almost NOS. Original papers are coming with it, so that says much about the first owner. Are you the new owner who is going to wear this piece of craftsmanship? We promise this is a jewel for a lifetime!
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Omega was founded in La chaux-de-fonds by Louis Brandt in 1848, although the company would not be named Omega until 1903. It is one of the most successful Swiss watch houses, both in terms of sales and historical significance.
Louis Brandt was already rather innovative before his Omega days. He developed the very first minute-repeater wristwatch with Audemars Piguet in 1892. Although Brandt died in 1903, Omega would not lose its innovative nature. Among its biggest accomplishments are the manufacture of the first tourbillon wristwatch movement in 1947 and the first large-scale commercial implementation of George Daniels’ co-axial escapement in 1999.
The biggest highlight in Omega’s history is undoubtedly the moon landing in 1969. Both Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin wore Omega Speedmasters on the lunar surface. But there is so much more to this Swiss powerhouse. They launched the very first dive watch with the Omega Marine, all the way back in 1932. That is some twenty years before the Blancpain Fifty-Fathoms and Rolex Submariner would redefine the category.
Omega has no shortage of hit collections. From the Speedmaster to the Seamaster and from the Constellation to the De Ville, with tons and tons of variations within all of those lines. You may opt for a yellow gold pie-pan Constellation or for a chunky Ploprof. There is something for everyone.
And that is before we go into Omega’s military history, including the Dirty dozen MOD-issued field watch. And we cannot forget James Bond, with his tricked out Seamasters since 1995’s Goldeneye.
No wonder then, that we love Omega so much!
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