19th February 2018 

Pemium Brand Swiss Watches

I usually have a range of Swiss watches but try and concentrate on a few leading makers to help the spares situation, on this page are watches by some of the high profile brands in particular Omega / Louis Brandt and Frère and when available IWC (International Watch Co.), Zenith, Longines / Frères Baume and Gallet & Cie.

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Unless otherwise stated all watches have 7 jewels are working, keep at least reasonable time for their age and wind and set correctly. Lids and bezels are secure, stay closed and where appropriate open when the button or crown is pressed. Any inscriptions, dedications or monograms (other than jewellers and makers marks) and any gold plate worn through to the core will either be shown in the photographs, described in the text or both. Movements carry a 12 month warranty as described under “Warranty info”.




Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. OmegaF

Omega / Louis Brandt and Frère

Established in 1848 in La Chaux de Fonds by 1894 Louis Brandt and Frère had moved to Bienne and were producing about 100,000 quality movements a year. Then François Chevillat designed the Omega 19 calibre movement and it became so well known the company name was changed to Omega around 1903.

Omega watches are frequently found in Nickel, Nickel alloy and Gun metal cases and later in Chromium plated or Stainless Steel - Silver was very much an English choice for a case the Swiss, like the Americans, frequently put very good movements into base metal.

The Omega movement incorporated a patented setting mechanism that gave additional protection to prevent accidentally changing the time when winding which enabled the higher grades to be used as “Railroad watches” in Austria and some other countries - although not in America where lever setting was mandated. The differences between the "Omega" and "Labrador" movements are explained in my blog post here.


Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. S816f

S816. Omega 15J, 1906.

A classic high quality movement made by Omega, it has 15 Jewels and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller. The serial number dates it to 1906, it is signed Omega under the dial and has their patented winding and setting mechanism.

Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

S816 Omega 15J 1906 (9)


The Swiss made double backed, triple hinged, case has Swiss Hallmarks for 0.935 silver and is signed by Omega. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new mineral glass crystal from old stock.

STOCK £355 More pictures in Zenfolio.


Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. S657f

S657. Omega 15J 1923

A classic high quality movement made by Omega, it has 15 Jewels and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller. The serial number dates it to 1923, it is signed Omega on the movement and has their patented winding and setting mechanism.

Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

S657 Omega 15J 1923 (10)


The Swiss made double backed case is in a Nickel alloy and signed "Omega". It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

BRACKLEY £350 More pictures on Zenfolio.


Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. Zenith

Zenith

Founded in 1865 by Georges Favre-Jacot , in Le Locle in the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel Zenith has always been a luxury maker and still makes its own movements as part of the Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton group.


Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. S869f

S869. Zenith 15J 1915.

A high quality movement, approximately a size 16, is signed by this long established premium maker it has 15 jewels and a Swiss lever escapement with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller and micro adjustment, dated from the serial number to 1915.

Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

S869 Zenith 15J 1915 (4)


The Swiss made double backed case in nickel alloy and is signed by Zenith. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new mineral glass crystal from old stock.

It is in final test and should be available from the 20th February. £400 More pictures on Zenfolio.


Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. S870f

S870. Zenith (Buser) 15J 1919

A quality slim movement, approximately a size 16, signed by this long established premium maker but was made for them by Buser whos trade mark is inside the movement. It has 15 jewels and a Swiss lever escapement with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance and double roller

Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

S870 Zenith (Buser) 15J 1919 (7)


The Swiss made double backed, triple hinged, case has London Assay import marks for Sterling Silver, 1919 and the sponsor's mark of George Stockwell a London watch importer. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new mineral glass crystal from old stock.

It is in final test and should be available from the 21st February. £350 More Pictures on Zenfolio.


Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. LonginesF

Longines & Frères Baume

These companies were closely associated with Baume making ebauché and probably complete watches for Longines and a branch of the company, set up by one of the brothers, being the London agents for Longines.

Watches by Longines & Baume are sometimes to be found listed on the J.W. Benson page


Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. Gallet

Gallet & Cie

Founded in 1466 Gallet are the worlds longest established clock and watch makers and continue to concentrate on high end timepieces particularly for professional users. Unlike many other premium makers they still have in-house manufacturing for components and movements some of which are sold others in the luxury class watch industry. A lot more information is available in the Wikipedia entry.


Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. Next

Recently sold watches

Following requests from buyers who are giving watches as presents I no longer show the price of sold watches.



Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. S782f

S782. Omega Railway Watch, 15J, 1925.

This is not a railroad watch in the American sense although Omega watches were used in a similar way in a number of countries, this one was supplied to one of the Indian railways. It is a classic high quality 19 Ligne (c size 16) movement, it has 15 Jewels and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller. The serial number dates it to 1925, it is signed Omega on the movement and has their patented winding and setting mechanism.

Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The dial is signed:

Ω Omega
Nowroji Sarabji & Co.
Secunderabad
N.G. S. R.
Swiss made.


N.G.S.R. stands for "[His Exalted Highness,] The Nizam’s Guaranteed State Railway." as explained in this wikipedia entry this was the Hyderabad state railway.

The Swiss made double backed case is in a Nickel alloy and signed "Omega". The inside of the back cover is engraved " R.M. Roy" S.M. [Station Master?] 1925. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

Also listed under Railroad watches.

SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.


Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. S818f

S818. Omega 15J, 1914.

A high quality 17 Ligne (approx. a size 12) version of the original 19 Ligne movement made by Omega, it has 15 Jewels and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller. The serial number dates it to 1914, it is signed Omega on the movement and on the dial and has their patented winding and setting mechanism.

Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The Swiss made double backed case is in a Nickel alloy and signed "Omega". The case is 1.9" / 4.7 cm in diameter excluding the pendant etc and 0.6" / 1.6 cm thick. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new mineral glass crystal from old stock.

SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.


Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. S826f

S826. Omega 15j Half Hunter, 1907/8.

A high quality movement, approximately a size 10, made by Omega, it has 15 Jewels and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller. The serial number dates it to 1907/8, it is signed Omega under the dial.

Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The Swiss made double backed case has London import hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1907/8 the Sponsors mark "SA" for selling Agencies a.k.a. Dimier Bros, watch importers of Cannon St, London. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has two new crystals. The case is 1.8" / 4.55cm in diameter, excluding the pendant etc. and 0.5" / 1.2cm thick excluding the secondary crystal.

SOLD More Pictures on Zenfolio


Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. S795f

S795. Omega 15J, 1914.

A classic high quality movement made by Omega, it has 15 Jewels and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller. The serial number dates it to 1914, it is signed Omega on the movement and has their patented winding and setting mechanism.

Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The dust cover is engraved:

Presented by Mrs Philips
to
Walter Sherrington
for being the
BEST BEHAVED BOY IN
THE SCHOOL
AWARDED BY VOTE OF HIS
SCHOOLFELLOWS
December 1916


The Swiss made double backed, triple hinged, case has London import hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1913/14 the Sponsors mark "SA" for selling Agencies a.k.a. Dimier Bros, watch importers of Cannon St, London and is signed "Omega". It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new mineral glass crystal from old stock.

SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.


Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. S851f

S851. Louis Brandt and Frère "Labrador", 15J 1895.

A classic high quality movement made by Louis Brandt and Frère (later Omega). It has a higher specification than the Omega movement, with 15 screw set Jewels, a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller and a micro regulator and has their patented winding and setting mechanism . The serial number dates it to 1898.

Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The American made case is by Fahys in 20 year Filled Gold. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new mineral glass crystal from old stock.

SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.


Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. S841f

S841. Omega Labrador, 15J, 1902/3.

A classic high quality movement made by Omega just as the company name changed from Louis Brandt and Frère. It has a higher specification than the Omega movement, with 15 screw set Jewels, a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller and a micro regulator. The serial number dates it to 1902 or 1903. It is signed Omega under the dial and has their patented winding and setting mechanism.

Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

S841 Omega Labrador 15J 1902  (6)


The Swiss made double backed, triple hinged, case has Swiss Hallmarks for 0.935 silver and is signed by Omega. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new mineral glass crystal from old stock.

SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.


Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. S860f

S860. Cased Omega, 15J, 1909.

A classic high quality movement made by Omega, it has 15 Jewels and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller. The serial number dates it to 1909, it is signed Omega under the dial and has their patented winding and setting mechanism.

Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The English double backed, triple hinged, case is a Moon grade by Dennison in 10 carat Filled Gold. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

Very unusually it comes in a well used but intact and functional traveling case, these cases are relatively common for "goliath" watches but rare for size 16 watches, as far as I can recall this is the first I have had - with well over a thousand watches sold.

S860 Cased Omega 15J 1909 (18)


SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.


Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. S858f

S858. Louis Brandt and Frère "Omega" 1897.

A 7 jewel version of classic high quality Omega movement made by Louis Brandt and Frère before they changed their company name to Omega, it has an oversprung cut compensating balance with double roller. The serial number dates it to 1897, it is signed Omega on the balance cock and has their patented winding and setting mechanism.

Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The Swiss made case is in a nickel alloy and is signed Omega. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

STOCK £270 More pictures on Zenfolio.


Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. S867f

S867. Omega for Holzbock, 15J, 1902.

A classic high quality movement made by Omega at about the time the company name was changed, it has 15 Jewels and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller. The serial number dates it to 1902 , it is signed Omega under the dial and has their patented winding and setting mechanism. The dial is signed by J Holzbock of Augsburg, Germany.

Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The Swiss made double backed, triple hinged case has Swiss hallmarks for .800 silver and German import marks. The front and back bezels are gilt. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.