Omega has just launched a very special limited edition collection called the “First Omega Wrist-Chronograph” which consists of just 18 pieces. Unlike the previous vintage-inspired timepieces by the watchmaker, this new highly collectible First Omega Wrist-Chronograph collection are new watches that house original chronograph movements from 1913. They are not remakes of the vintage 18‴ CHRO caliber but rather actual archival movements that were stored away at Omega’s museum vaults for 105 years. In 1913, Omega introduced its first chronograph watch, thirteen years after its first watch was sold. Omega’s first chronograph was advertised as military watches during the outbreak of World War I and watches were delivered to the Royal Flying Corps, and remained in production for two more decades.
The painstaking effort Omega undertook to bring each of the movements back to life is commendable, which makes each of these First Omega Wrist-Chronograph watches truly special. The century-old movements needed replacement parts as well as hours of careful refinishing and cleaning. The movement is housed in a 47.5mm case with historically relevant wire-lugs and featuring an 18k Sedna gold crown and pusher. The 18”’ CHRO movement is manually-wound featuring the time and a 15-minute monopusher chronograph. It operates at 2.5Hz and has a power reserve of about 40 hours. Each of the 18 watches arrive in a leather presentation box complete with tools and extra straps. The First Omega Wrist-Chronograph Limited Edition is priced at at CHF 120,000 (approx. $121,000).