grand style and ultimate craftsmanship: Renowned Swiss watchmaker,
Gustave Homberger, catapulted himself into the annals of Swiss
watch-making history with the successful mastery of both elements.
In the winter of 1888, guided by only a handful of candles,
Gustave Homberger worked tirelessly on the assembly of special
key-wound pocket watches. Accompanied only by his sheer determination,
patience and imagination; Gustave made pocket watches that
would come to stand the test of time.
Life is not precise, but the recording of its passage must
be. Gustave Homberger's preeminence as one of the finest Swiss
watchmakers would not be secured until the creation of the
famous Omikron caliber. In 1898, Gustave Homberger achieved
the remarkable with his 19-line pocket caliber. Produced by
new methods, the consistency and accuracy of the 19" caliber
was the result of a new assembly system based on the interchange
ability of standardized parts. This innovative technology
produced an instantly successful caliber that was named "Omikron",
the letter of the Greek alphabet, synonymous with achievement,
excellence and perfection.
Time must be measured and nowhere was that measurement more
crucial than the time that traveled the railways that crisscrossed
Europe. The pocket watch was used by the railroads to time
the scheduled comings and goings of trains from station to
station. Timing was absolutely crucial; a watch off even as
much as a minute could mean the difference between life and
death. With the stakes this high, Homberger used his revolutionary
design to illustrate pioneering precision. The flames of innovation
were fanned and word spread quickly around Europe about the
incredible accuracy of this new timepiece. Europe's rail systems
dwelled in Omikron time as Omikron became the official supplier
of the entire Ottoman Empire and eventually all of the Eastern
European Railway systems, including the most famous rail system
of lore, the Orient Express.
After the death of Gustave Homberger in 1929, Stephane and
Georges, his equally skilled progeny, adapted their father's
technology to military applications. The very essence of Omikron,
its precision, attracted the attention of leading military
officials after WWI. Omikron's development of a new line of
pilot and diver's watches, guaranteed to withstand the various
air and water pressure as well as everyday abuse, led to the
adoption of Omikron as the official military and pilot watch
for a number of European countries. Since the end of World
War II, Omikron continued to court perfection even as new
forms of technology were integrated into the already illustrious
realm of Swiss watch making.
A history such as this can never die and lives on through
the work of the skilled watchmakers of the Swiss company,
Leschot S.A. The Omikron legacy will always sit aloft two
historical pillars, which are its precision railroad pocket
watch, and hugely praised pilot series. But since then, the
company has continued the tradition of Omikron excellence
with mechanical, both manual, and automatic watches alike.
Omikron is an authentic pilot watch and Omikron is the official
watch of the Fraternal Order of the U.D.T./Seals.