Formerly known as the La Generale Watch Co. it was founded by Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1848. In 1903 they renamed the company Omega until 1982 when they officially changed their name to Omega SA. They are part of the Swiss Swatch Group.
The Chronostop was initially launched as a Seamaster but in 1967 the line was transferred to the ”Geneve” collection and “De Ville” line in 1970. It was well regarded in the watch industry and in 1967 won the Honour prize for chronographs and sports watches. In 1968 at the Winnipeg Pan American Games and Mexico Olympics, it was selected as the official Omega timer. It was designed to be worn under the wrist and was very popular with divers.
This magnificent 1967 Omega Chronostop has a tonneau-shaped 35mm stainless steel case. Broad lug shoulders gently curve. With a 39mm lug to lug length, the watch has a comfortable fit on your wrist. Polished sides and brushed top surfaces have crisp edges that are well defined. On the right side at 2 o’clock the Chronostop single pusher, to engage, press down, to stop, press down, hold, read the seconds and release to reset. At 3 o’clock a signed crown. A slim polished bezel holds the domed crystal. Its anthracite grey dial is textured and goes from dark to light grey gradient. An outer minute track has applied steel batons and lume pips marking the hours. Slim baton hands have lume infill, alongside an orange center chronograph hand. On the reverse a plain screw-down case-back. Inside a Manually Wound Omega Cal. 865, 17 Jewels, 21,600 beats per hour. Fitted on an 18mm leather strap with Omega buckle.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Omega box or Omega paperwork. The watch comes paired with a nice matching leather strap with a reproduction Omega buckle. The watch is from Circa. 1967 and is in worn, vintage condition as you can see from the photos. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
Considered to be one of the most useless chronographs complications because it is purely a single minute, but my... It is still super cool and looks fantastic! These have gradually increased in popularity and also in price, they have shown no signs of slowing down and I don't see them starting that anytime soon.