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    What the Omega is this?

    I got this odd Omega today and wonder if anyone knows what it was for?

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    It has a true 24h movement inside and a lot of numbers on the dial, shame about the damage.

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    The serial number is 6626572 so it from the 1920's

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    Re: What the Omega is this?

    Quite possibly, it might have been intended for navigation. Theoretically you can find the direction using a watch and the sun (the ability to make any use of it depends entirely on the weather), so maybe that's what the "function" of this watch was.
    Normally, with the elaborate minute scale and a 24h movement I'd assume that it might have been a railroad watch, but primo-it's not a railroad grade movement, secundo- the cardinal directions would rule that out. Aviation? Navigation at sea? The latter looks even sort of plausible to me, but still, it's not exactly a marine chronometer...
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    Re: What the Omega is this?

    I also got a different Omega at the same time.

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    Well I didn't know it was a Omega as it doesn't say so on the dial.

    It says "W.A. LANDQVIST. Sala. IMP" on the dial.

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    Omega is clear to read on the movement but no serial number so is it on the dial side?
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    Re: What the Omega is this?

    Quite likely on the dial side indeed. As to the 24h scale in red, looks like a decal added later (not by Omega). With the serial on the dial side, you'd be looking at production dates somewhere in the early 1900s.
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    Re: What the Omega is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by mkws View Post
    Quite likely on the dial side indeed. As to the 24h scale in red, looks like a decal added later (not by Omega). With the serial on the dial side, you'd be looking at production dates somewhere in the early 1900s.
    Yes you are right it's a dacal as you feel the bump with a pair of tweezers.

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    Re: What the Omega is this?

    HI Shum,
    mkws is right if you use the lokal time (not time zome as usual nowadays) you can use it direktly as suncompass (might google "astrolabe"). Maybe as an personal addition to the main exact chronometer on board. Very nice peace. I love it .

    THe other one get their decal probably after 1900. With the beginning from railroad plans, shift work etc. the 24 hour division gets useful and a sign of moderness. Most of the pocket watches in this aera get this decal. In the years before 24 hours excist of course but nobody use it.

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    Re: What the Omega is this?

    The principle is that you point the hour hand at the sun and you can read off the four directions (N-S-E-W) on the dial. A similar principle works with an ordinary 12-hour watch too but you need to then divide the arc between the hour hand and 12:00 to give you a direction which always points towards south, and you need to know which arc you need to divide (the smaller or the greater one) depending on whether it's e.g. 6:00 or 18:00.....

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    Re: What the Omega is this?

    Always something new to learn here at the forums.

    I have never seen one like this but then I don't really collect pocket watches and I hope anyone that buys it can either fix the dial or live with it.

    It's been forgotten in a box for over 40 years and I now know what it's for and might make some collector happy.
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    Re: What the Omega is this?

    Excelsior Park made a chronograph movement with a central "North" hand that worked in a similar way: point the hour hand at the sun and the "North" hand (essentially a 24-hour hand on a 12-hour watch) would always point north.....

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    Re: What the Omega is this?

    That is darn cool.

    I must find out my local time and test it out.

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