The first Omega Seamasters was based loosely around waterproof watches made for the Royal Navy towards the end of WW2. What made the Seamaster appealing was the use of an O-Ring gasket which gave it temperature and depth resistance. Omega was so confident of this fact that they strapped one to the outside of a plane and flew it over the North pole in 1956. The very year this particular watch was made. Its round 34mm stainless steel case has tapering lugs for that comfortable fit on the wrist. Polished surfaces throughout with a stepped polished bezel. Domed crystal protects the champagne dial, applied polished pointed indexes with Arabic numerals at 12,3,6 and 9. Dauphine hands with a center seconds hand that sweeps around the dial. Text is kept to a minimum with Omega Automatic at 12 o’clock and Seamaster at 6 o’clock. On the back, we have a screw-down case back with the Omega Pegasus embossed in the center. Inside an Automatic Omega Cal. 501 20 Jewels beating at 18,900 Beats per hour. Fitted on a lovely brown strap with Omega buckle.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as watch only and therefore comes with no Omega box or Omega paperwork. The watch comes paired on an aftermarket leather strap with an Omega signed buckle. The watch is from 1956 and is in worn condition as you can see, marks here and there. The case has been refinished and looks fantastic, the dial and hands are original and aged beautifully. The watch has received a full service and comes with a 12-month NON-Waterproof warranty.
Here is another watch that stayed in my personal collection a short while before hitting the website! I have adored the vintage Seamaster for a long time and always find myself surprised by how well the 34mm stainless steel case wears on the wrist, always feels more like a 36mm thanks to those thick lugs and overall case profile. The dial of this one is fantastic in my opinion, evenly aged to a warm golden colour, looks fantastic when natural light hits it!
Reference : 2599
Movement : Automatic Omega Cal. 501
Age : 1951/1960
Specific Age : Circa. 1956
Case Size : 34mm
Case Thickness : 11mm
Lug to Lug : 42mm
Lugs : 18mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : None
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Service History : Serviced - 12-Month NON WATERPROOF Warranty