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.
This particular watch, a reference 2846, represents the earlier, dressier side of the Seamaster line sporting a gold plated case and automatic calibre 552. These earlier Seamasters were modeled after the waterproof watches that were made for the British military at the end of World War II. In 1958, when this watch was produced, this style was very much in fashion with diving watches just starting to nip at its heels.
The 34mm gold plated case is in fair condition. The sides of the case show the most wear as they have taken the brunt of the beating over its lifetime. There are minor scratches throughout the case and two major scratches – one on the lower left lug and one by the 4 o’clock index – that should be noted. Additionally, there is a non-correct replacement crown currently on the watch.
The white and gold pie-pan style dial features a subtle crosshair design and is in fair condition. There is a build-up of dirt and dust along the outer edge of the dial as well as the base of the handset. The lume in the hands and in the hour markets has aged and dirtied considerably with some of the lume on the hour markers having broken off as well.
The watch is powered by an automatic caliber 501. The watch is currently running. The service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic Calibre 501|
|Dial||White and Gold|
|Case Material||Gold Plated Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|