The Omega soccer timer holds a special place in the hearts of the Dial + Bezel team. You see, it was one of the very first watches that we offered on the site, but more so than that we think that it embodies the ethos of Dial + Bezel very well. We believe that interesting and beautiful vintage watches with deep history are still out there waiting to be found at fair prices.
Throughout the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s Omega made a number of event-specific chronographs tailored to each individual event’s time requirements. These included the standard activities normally associated with watches such as flying, auto racing and sailing but they also struck out on a limb and made a line specifically for football or, as we Americans call it, “soccer.” Now, soccer is not an activity that makes most peoples’ list of common watch associations but that’s what makes this piece so unique, especially if you are a lover of the game. Even more surprising is that Omega wasn’t alone in their quest to make a soccer watch. Breitling introduced a competing watch with the Referee Timer reference 2676.
Throughout the course of its product run, Omega made three different soccer timer references: the 145.016, 145.020 and the 145.019. The 145.016 was the simplest of the three with a 38mm cushion case and a white dial. The 145.020 kept the white dial but increased the case size to 41mm and added a fixed internal bezel. The reference 145.016 like this one previously offered on Dial + Bezel added a rotating internal bezel. The Omega Soccer Timer reference 145.020 seen here is the most indicative of the entire soccer timer line up. It features the larger case size of the 124.019 but the simpler dial layout of the 145.016.
This watch features a 41mm cushion shaped case, in stainless steel, that curves slightly at the lugs. It’s a feature used by many watch brands to make larger cases more comfortable on the wrists. Overall condition is great and there are no major faults to note. The case shows sharp edges and correct areas of polish versus brushed finish. Of particular note is how the brushed finishing on the top of the case appears to fan out from the center of the dial showing great attention to detail. Overall the watch is in great condition and there are no major scratches. All components are correct and thought to be original.
The Dial and Hands
The white dial is in great condition and the combination color of white, black and red is classically cool The orange hands pop against the center dial due to their oversized design and radiant color. The premier feature of this dial, however, is the 45-minute marker on the chronograph minutes register. This is what allows a referee to time the halves of a soccer match and gives this watch its eponymous name.
The movement is the venerable Omega 861 which Omega used for years in many of its chronographs including other Speedmasters of its era. The Omega 861 movement is actually a branded movement from Lemania which they referred to as the 1873. The watch is running and the chronograph functions. The service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Manual, Omega 861|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel|