In the 1960s, there was a strong culture of progressive design within Omega. Designers such as Gerald Genta, Gilbert Albert, and Raymond Thevanaz were all pushing the boundaries of watch design on a regular basis. The design brief for the Omega Dynamic set out to create a watch based on the principles of ergonomics and readability for either a man or a woman. This led to key innovations including an elliptical-shaped case that mimicked the silhouette of a wrist, an integrated crown, and a novel strap mechanism that made it not only easy for the wearer to change but also more comfortable.
The Dynamic was extremely successful for Omega with a production run of over a million pieces. While production of the Dynamic I would end in the late’70s, Omega launched a Dynamic II and Dynamic III in the years to follow that strayed far from the original design and intent. These later models were met with little fanfare and success.
There are enough unique reference numbers, movements, and case finishings produced for the Dynamic collection to make anybody’s head spin. The reference that we have for sale is a 166.0079, produced from 1969 to 1974. This reference is distinguished from other Dynamic models through its combination of day-date function with brushed case and the automatic 752 calibre movement. Within this reference, there were a number of dial and hand configurations as well. Our example features a 14k gold caped case that has a personalized engraving on the back.
The 41mm 14k gold caped case is in very good condition. The case has minor scratches throughout the case, commensurate with a watch of its age, but the edges are still remarkably sharp and the gold caping is solid across the case. The watch wears the correct signed crown and signed hesalite (Omega marketing speak for acrylic) crystal. The stainless steel caseback has received a custom engraving during its lifetime that reads “To Milo – Our Beloved Son – Mom & Dad – 11-29-80”. This engraving can be easily removed by a competent watch maker.
The Dial and Hands
The gold and grey bullseye dial is in very good condition. There is some slight fading on some of the minute indices but otherwise, all of the printing is very crisp. The tritium lume on the hour markers is in good condition with slight deterioration or dirt build up around the edges.
The watch is powered by an automatic, Calibre 752. The movement features a sweep central seconds and a quickset via the repeated pulling of the crown. The watch is running and keeping good time. The service history is unknown.
|Movement||Automatic, Calibre 752|
|Dial||Gold and Grey|
|Case Material||14k Gold Cap|
|Clasp Type||Omega Signed Gold Plated|