1959 Omega Seamaster "Seachero" 2990-1 Manual
Ref: 2990-1

1959 Omega Seamaster "Seachero" 2990-1 Manual
1959 Omega Seamaster "Seachero" 2990-1 Manual
1959 Omega Seamaster "Seachero" 2990-1 Manual
1959 Omega Seamaster "Seachero" 2990-1 Manual
1959 Omega Seamaster "Seachero" 2990-1 Manual
1959 Omega Seamaster "Seachero" 2990-1 Manual
1959 Omega Seamaster "Seachero" 2990-1 Manual
1959 Omega Seamaster "Seachero" 2990-1 Manual
1959 Omega Seamaster "Seachero" 2990-1 Manual
1959 Omega Seamaster "Seachero" 2990-1 Manual
1959 Omega Seamaster "Seachero" 2990-1 Manual
1959 Omega Seamaster "Seachero" 2990-1 Manual
1959 Omega Seamaster "Seachero" 2990-1 Manual
1959 Omega Seamaster "Seachero" 2990-1 Manual
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Specification

Reference : 2990-1
Movement : Manually Wound Omega Cal. 267
Age :¬†ÔĽŅ1951/1960
Specific Age : Circa. 1959
Case Size : 36mm
Case Thickness : 9.5mm
Lug to Lug : 44mm
Lugs :
 18mm
Condition :
 Pre-Owned
Box & Papers :
 None
Case Material : 
ÔĽŅStainless 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" and therefore comes with no original Omega box or paperwork. The watch comes paired with an 18mm leather strap. The watch is from Circa. 1959 and is sold in worn, vintage condition, wear and age can be seen throughout the watch, but overall this is a fantastic example of this rare reference. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.


The Watch

Here we have a rare 1959 Omega Seamaster "Seachero" 2990-1 with a 36mm stainless steel case, the curve of which leads to tapered lugs with a lug-to-lug length of 44mm and a case thickness of 9.5mm ensuring a comfortable fit on your wrist. Nicknamed the ‚ÄúSeachero‚ÄĚ by collectors due to the fact it has ‚ÄúSeamaster‚ÄĚ on the dial and looks almost identical to the ‚ÄúRanchero‚ÄĚ that has the same reference 2990 produced in 1958 and was part of the family including the Railmaster, a practical tool watch with the sophistication and elegance of a dress watch.¬†On the right side, a signed crown. The stepped smooth bezel holds a domed crystal and sits above a striking patina'd white dial, an outer minute track with pips and applied spearhead indexes and large Arabic numerals at 12, 3, and 9 with slightly recessed sub-seconds at 6 o‚Äôclock. Broad Arrow hands infilled with Radium complete this striking dial and at 12 o‚Äôclock we have the applied Omega motif and Seamaster printed underneath. On the reverse a screw-down case back, inside a manually wound Omega Cal. 267, 17 jewels, beating at a leisurely 18,000 beats per hour. The watch comes fitted on an 18mm leather strap.


Personal Note

The "Seachero" is such an interesting reference as true and original examples rarely come up, this is because so many dealers out there, unfortunately, take these great examples and have "Ranchero" printed on the dial or swap the dial completely to double or triple the watches value. So when this watch landed on my desk I was excited as it is one of the nicest examples I've seen and its still true! 


The Brand

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 Soci√©t√© Suisse pour l'Industrie Horlog√®re (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 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 ‚Äútoo valuable‚ÄĚ 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 Horloger (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 ‚Äėtuning-fork electronic movement which was made under licence from Bulova.¬†Later we saw a merger of SSIH and ASUAG into SMH, or Soci√©t√© de Micro√©lectronique et d‚ÄôHorlogerie. This merger took place in 1983.¬†In 1992, the company acquired Blancpain, and in 1998 it officially rebranded itself from SMH to the Swatch Group. Then, in 1999, they purchased and integrated Breguet into the Swatch Group.