The Seamaster range of watches, released in 1948, is perhaps the most diverse range of watches ever put under the same brand line in the history of watchmaking. The line has included everything from solid gold dress watches to stainless steel dive watches and even soccer timers. While they make a great watch, nobody has ever said that Omega was the best at branding.
The Seamaster range was created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Omega brand. This anniversary also happened to coincide with the 1948 London Olympics, for which Omega was the official timekeeper. The original Seamasters were dressier watches that could go anywhere and do anything with some water resistance. One could call it a gentleman’s sport watch. It wasn’t until a few years after the introduction of the Seamaster 300 in 1957 that the line would become strongly associated with diving watches.
The reference 2576 and 2577 are where it all began for the Omega Seamaster back in 1948. These early Seamaster references produced in the years just after the inception of the model line are truly the purest representation of what a Seamaster was intended to be which was the perfect all around watch that was just the right amount of sporty and dressy. The thickness on the lugs say sporty while their curved side profile proclaims dressy. This trend continues on the dial. The highly lumped hands lend themselves to legibility in all situations while the applied breguet numerals at 3, 9, and 12 add an layer of elegance. This balance is executed exceptionally throughout the watch and makes the Omega Seamaster Ref. 2576 a clear candidate for a one watch collection.
The 34.5mm stainless steel is in very good condition. There are scratches throughout the case but there are no major flaws to note. The watch wears its’ correct signed case back and crown as well. The acrylic crystal is an unsigned example and is in matching very good condition with no major flaws to note.
The Dial and Hands
The silver dial is in very good condition. The dial has taken on a very pleasant patina which is most evident in the dark caramel color that the luminous material has taken on across the dial and hands. Also of note on the dial is the inclusion of the Seamaster branding which was not added to the reference until 1 year prior to this watch being produced. In our opinion this is a welcome addition. The handset is correct for the reference.
This watch features an automatic Omega caliber 342 bumper movement that bears a serial number in the 12,000,000 range dating it to 1950. The watch was recently serviced by the seller and is running very well.
|Location||New Carlisle, OH|
|Movement||Automatic, Omega 342 Bumper|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|