Originality and character are the defining aspects of this Omega Seamaster. With the Seamaster being such a ubiquitous model, especially in this particular case, there are two routes that one can go when looking for a vintage Omega from this range. The first is to find the most pristine, untouched example that you can find, the second is to find a watch in great condition but that shows its history and is unique in its patina. This watch definitely falls into the latter category. Its case is extremely sharp but has some dings and dents, and its dial has developed a wonderful patina. If you want to wear a vintage watch regularly and add to its unique story then this would make a fantastic addition to your collection.
The 34mm stainless steel case is in great condition as a result of its originality. This means that the edges and bevels have not been overpolished. The case does feature a number of ding and dents that should be noted though. The crown is correct for the watch and the crystal is a correct replacement item.
The Dial and Hands
The dial and hands have developed a lovely patina. The components are all original and in overall good condition. The lume has not faired as well as the rest of the dial and is missing from the hands.
This watch is powered by an automatic Omega 351 bumper movement. The bumper movement is named after the specific way the “rotor” moves back and forth at about 120 degrees (not like the modern-day automatic movements, where the rotor spins freely in full 360) and bumps off a pair of springs on opposite sides of the watch. The watch is running and the service history is unknown.
The Seamaster is perhaps the most diverse range of watches ever put under the same brand in the history of watchmaking. The line has included everything from solid gold dress watches to stainless steel divers and even the much-discussed soccer timers. Yet, 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 Omega. This anniversary also happened to coincide with the 1948 London Olympics of 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 that the line would become strongly associated with diving watches.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic, Omega 351 Bumper|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|