Sometimes companies state that they are “reissuing” a classic product when in truth they are simply wrapping modern components in a shell that’s supposed to look like the original. Such is not the case with Omega. The outside of the watch does indeed look like the original chronographs first issued in 1913. The watch has the same riveted leather strap and white enamel dial—even the blued “Empire” hands and hollow Arabic numerals are all the same as the original. These original models were given to the British Royal Flying Corps because pilots like the easy-to-read layout and because of the 15-minute counters. Omega followed the same original “Grand Feu” process of sifting powdered white enamel over a metal disk and then putting it into a furnace. The first watches were actually pocket watches, so the oversized 47.5mm case of this current iteration stays true to the original, which was actually a converted pocket watch itself.
But what about the insides? The watches are being made with the original 18”’ CHRO caliber. Omega found 18 of these original movements, refurbished them, changed the jewels, and made a few new parts. The new parts and changed jewels came about because originally the parts were not completely equal and had different dimensions, so to get these movements working, customized work was required.
This is definitely a true reissue of a historic watch—one we won’t likely see again.