15th August 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.. 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.

STOCK £350 More pictures on Zenfolio.


Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. S891f

S891. Omega for Nid, "The Number Lever", 15J, 1905.

A classic high quality movement made by Omega, approximately a size 12, it has 15 Jewels and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller. The serial number dates it to 1905, it is signed Omega on the movement and has their patented winding and setting mechanism. The dial is signed by R.W. Nid of Grimsby and branded "The Number Lever".

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

S891 Omega for Nid The Number Lever 15J 1905 (11)


The Omega signed Swiss made double backed, triple hinged, case has Swiss hallmarks for 0.935 Silver. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new mineral glass crystal from old stock. The case is very close to a size 16 at 1.94"4.9 cm in diameter excluding the pendant etc. and 0.66" / 1.7 cm.

STOCK £280 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.. S886f

S886. Zenith for Barraclough, 15J, c1934.

A high quality calibre 19-34-1-T movement signed by this long established premium maker for Barraclough & Sons Ltd. of Leeds. It has 15 jewels and a Swiss lever escapement with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller and micro adjustment. Publically available dating is rather hazy in the mid 1930's but this movement will be close to 1934.

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

S886 Zenith for Barraclough 15J c 1934 (10)


The English made double backed case is a "Star" grade in Rolled Gold by Dennison. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

STOCK £400 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.. 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.


Swiss Premium Brands: Omega, Zenith, Longines.. S873f

S873. Longines for Russell, 15J, 1880.

An early Longines keyless pin set movement for Thomas Russell of Liverpool, signed by them and branded as "Russell's Machine made Keyless Lever". Longines have their trade mark on the balance cock and engraving commemorating a Gold medal at the Paris "Exposition Universelle" (wold trade fair) of 1878. Dated from the serial number to c 1880.

It has 15 jewels and a Swiss lever escapement with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance.

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

The premium English made case is oversized for the movement and has 105 grams of silver and a gold hinge. It has Chester hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1880 the sponsor's mark of Thos Russell and the same serial number as the movement. It is 2.2" / 5.7 cm in diameter excluding the pendant etc. and 0.8" / 2cm 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.. S885f

S885. Zenith for Hughes, 15J, 1954

A high quality calibre 18-28-3-A movement signed by this long established premium maker for Hughes & Son off Wrexham. It has 15 jewels and a Swiss lever escapement with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller, dated from the serial number to 1954.

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

S885 Zenith for Hughes 15J 1954 (4)


The Swiss made double backed case is signed by Zenith and marked "Metal Blanc Garanti" which is a nickel alloy. 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.. S888f

S888. Louis Brandt and Frère "Labrador", 15J 1897/8.

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 it has their patented winding and setting mechanism . The serial number dates it to 1897/8.

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 0.935 silver. 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.. S884f

S884 Omega 15J, 1920.

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 1920, 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 English double backed case is a "Star" grade in rolled gold by Dennison. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

SOLD 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.

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.

sold More Pictures on Zenfolio.