From the most macro point of view, there are two components to a watch. The dial and the case. Watchmakers have produced cases in all shapes and sizes, hell we even have a Hamilton up on the site right now with “shark fin” lugs. Dials tend to be more physically constrained though. As a result watchmakers have focused on dial material and texture to further showcase their skills and refinement. On the materials side, we have seen everything from real meteorite to plastic but those endeavors are relatively new when compared to the effort to bring texture to dials. One of the oldest techniques for creating texture is called engine-turning, or Guilloche in french, and dates back to the mid-1700s. Guilloche designs are mesmerizing in their intricacy and quickly caught on as a an indication of not only style but craftsmanship and quality. Guilloche is a time and labor heavy process, and much like everything else in the industrial age, humans have found ways to mechanize these processes. The result, like the honeycomb dial on this Omega, are non the less beautiful and add a layer of intricacy and warmth that only subtle texture can do.
This watch represents the earlier, dressier side of the Seamaster line (even thought the dial doesnt say Seamaster) sporting a gold filled case and automatic calibre 351 bumper movement. 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 32mm yellow gold filled case is in good condition. The caseback and crown appear to be replacement items but they appear to be earlier replacements rather than modern.
The Dial and Hands
The white dial honeycomb has aged beautifully and is noticeably lacking the almost standard Seamaster text. The yellow gold hands and indices that match the case and the lum has aged evenly to a dark amber. There is some dirt build up on the hands that should be noted but the hands are correct.
This watch is powered by an 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.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic, Omega 351 Bumper|
|Case Material||Yellow Gold Filled|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|