1970 Omega Seamaster 60 Big Crown Ref. 166.062

Sold for: $2,250.00

The Reference

Plastics are so ubiquitous today that we never really think about their history but the vibrant blue bezel of this Omega Seamaster 60, crafted out of a special material called Bakelite, deserves a deeper dive. You see, Bakelite isn’t just a plastic, it holds the title for the very first entirely synthetic plastic. It was developed by a Belgian chemist, named Leo Baekeland in 1909. Like many modern plastics, Bakelite was lightweight and durable, and it could be molded into nearly infinite shapes, so its use quickly expanded as manufacturers realized its potential. Consumers primarily were attracted to its aesthetic qualities: a sleek, stylish look coupled with a substantial, high-end feel. Bakelite made perhaps its largest stamp on the world of fashion. Bakelite jewelry became immensely popular in the 1920s as an affordable and attractive replacement for other materials. It came in several colors, including translucent and marbled shades by the 1950s, and as such was utilized by a number of watch manufacturers including Omega and Rolex.

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The Case

The 37mm stainless steel case is in very good condition and shows the correct mix of brushed and polished finishes. The standout of the case is the deep radiant blue Bakelite insert in the bidirectional bezel. The caseback features the correct Seamaster seahorse logo. The crown is a replacement piece.

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The Dial and Hands

The deep blue dial is in excellent condition with no major flaws to note. The edge of the dial features a grey and white checkerboard pattern that nicely highlights the white hands. The lume has aged nicely and is full in all spots.

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The Movement

This watch features an automatic, Omega calibre 565 movement with a quickset date. The watch is running and the service history is not known.

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Seller confidewatch
Auction Number 393
Location New York City
Brand Omega
Model Seamaster
Reference Number 166.062
Movement Automatic, Omega calibre 565
Year 1970
Dial Blue
Case Width 37mm
Case Material Stainless Steel
Band Material Leather Strap
Clasp Type Buckle
Original Box No
Original Papers No
Seller Type Dealer

Sold for: $2,250.00

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