Movement : Automatic Omega Cal. 501
Age : 1951/1960
Specific Age : Circa. 1958
Case Size : 34mm
Case Thickness : 11.5mm
Lug to Lug : 42mm
Lugs : 18mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : None
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Warranty : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 6.5inch
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" meaning it comes with no original Omega box or original Omega paperwork. The watch comes paired with an original 18mm Omega bead of rice stainless steel bracelet with a signed folding clasp. The watch is from Circa. 1958 and is in used but fair condition, the case shows signs of wear and the dial has been beautifully refinished as you can see from the photographs. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof warranty.
The Seamaster was first introduced in 1948 to celebrate Omega’s 100th Anniversary, it was an immediate success and is Omega’s longest-running model. Based on the waterproof designs used during World War 2, it was improved upon with the addition of an “O” ring gasket which improved its water resistance. Omega’s first diving record came in 1955 when diver Gordon McLean reached a depth of 62.5 metres (205 ft) in Australia, the engineers were so confident of the durability that they strapped one to the outside of an aircraft that flew over the North Pole in 1956. Here we have a 1958 Omega Seamaster Automatic 2846 with a stainless steel 34mm case that curves over your wrist with thick tapered lugs, a lug-to-lug length of 42mm and a case thickness of 11.5mm ensuring a comfortable fit on the wrist. A polished smooth bezel holds a domed acrylic crystal above a beautifully refinished dial, the two-tone silver and white dial has applied faceted indexes marking the hours, and elegant Dauphine hands are infilled with luminance complemented with a tapered sweeping centre seconds hand. At 12 o’clock we have an applied Omega “Automatic” and at 6 o’clock “Seamaster” in a characteristic script. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with the embossed Hippocampus in the centre, a seahorse that represents Neptune the God of the sea, it was conceived by Pierre Borie after seeing a picture of Neptune riding a chariot pulled by seahorses, it is the reason why the seahorses are wearing a bridle. Inside we have the automatic Omega Cal. 501, beating at 19,800 beats per hour. The watch comes fitted with an original 18mm Omega bead of rice stainless steel bracelet with a signed folding clasp.
Vintage Omega Seamasters offer a ton of value in the vintage watch world, especially as the market is growing and more people are becoming interested in vintage each year, these still haven't shot up massively in price and can be had for a relatively fair price all things considered. This is a great example with a beautifully refinished dial, bringing the watch back to amazing glory, especially with its overall condition, I wouldn't hesitate on this one if you are interested.
Formerly known as the La Generale Watch Co. in 1848 founded by Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds. When he died in 1879, his sons carried on his dream. In 1880 they moved to 96 Rue Jakob-Stampfli where they remain today. The brothers produced their first mass-produced calibre, the Labrador In 1885. Just a few years later in 1892, they produced the first minute-repeater. In 1903 they renamed the company Omega until 1982 when they officially changed their name to Omega SA. During WW1 Omega watches were used as official timekeepers for the Royal Flying Corps and the US Army. In 1930, Omega and Tissot merged together to form Société Suisse pour l'Industrie Horlogère (SSIH) In 1931, another group was formed - Allgemeine Schweizerische Uhrenindustrie AG (ASUAG). Where SSIH was primarily French-speaking, ASUAG was founded by the more German-speaking members of the Swiss watch industry. In 1948 they introduced the first edition of one of its most symbolic watches: the Seamaster. Omega first introduced the Constellation in 1952. At the time it was Omega's flagship timepiece. The first models had a Cal. 354 bumper movement in them. Later in 1955, Omega introduced the Automatic Cal. 50x, followed in 1959 by the Cal.55x (no date) and 56x (date) versions. Many of the Constellations came with pie-pan dials, diamond indexes, and fancy lug configurations. All the gold Constellations of that time have the Observatory of Geneva's hand engraved on the back. The stainless steel and stainless steel/gold versions had a gold medallion on the back with the Observatory of Geneva. The eight stars above the Observatory stand for the many exploits of Omega in the world Chronometer competition. Celebrating the fact that all Constellations are Chronometer Certified. In 1962, when astronaut Wally Schirra wore a Speedmaster on his Mercury Sigma 7 Mission, making it the first Omega watch to enter space. After rigorous tests, NASA used Omega for all their Apollo missions including the 1969 Moon landing of Apollo 11. Today Omega is still an astronaut's first choice. In 1969, President Nixon famously said it was “too valuable” and turned down the first-ever all-gold Speedmaster Professional Deluxe. As a response to the ever-growing threat of electronic watches to the manufacturers of mechanical watches, Omega and many Swiss brands such as Rolex and Patek Philippe formed Centre Electronique Horologer (CEH). Prototypes began to appear in 1967 with their production starting in 1968. Then In 1972, Omega introduced the reference, 198.030, which included the Omega calibre 1250, a ‘tuning-fork electronic movement which was made under licence from Bulova. Later we saw a merger of SSIH and ASUAG into SMH, or Société de Microélectronique et d’Horlogerie. This merger took place in 1983. In 1992, the company acquired Blancpain, and in 1998 they officially rebranded themselves from SMH to the Swatch Group. Then, in 1999, they purchased and integrated Breguet into the Swatch Group.