Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its Omega Service Pouch but no original Omega box or Omega paperwork. The watch comes paired with a well-suited 19mm leather strap. The watch is from Circa. 1968 and is sold in worn, vintage condition, but an overall very fair condition for its age as you can see. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
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. During WW1 Omega watches were used as official timekeepers for the Royal Flying Corps and the US Army. After stringent 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 of timepiece. They are part of the Swiss Swatch Group. 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.
This 1968 Omega Seamaster Chronometer has a 36.5mm round 18ct Yellow Gold case. A lug to lug length of 42mm with gently curved tapered thick lugs ensures a comfortable fit on your wrist. The gold surfaces catch the light and shimmer as you rotate your wrist. On the right side, is a signed crown. A smooth polished bezel holds the domed crystal above a silver sunburst dial with chamfered applied baton indexes, Onyx filled centre marking the hours. At 3 o’clock a framed date window. Steel sword hands have Onyx and luminance filling. A tapered centre second hand completes the attractive dial. Text is precisely printed at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively. On the screw-down case back we have the embossed Hippocampus in the centre. Inside an Automatic Omega Cal. 564, 24 jewels, 19,800 beats per hour. The watch comes fitted on a 19mm leather strap. The watch also comes in an Omega Service Pouch.
The very first time I saw this reference was when we had one in for sale, I had never seen it before in the metal and neither had a lot of people, so when this one came to us for sale we jumped at the opportunity, this one is a year older than the last and in just as good condition which amazes me! It goes to show that in its day this watch was definitely purchased for special occasions and was no small purchase, therefore they were looked after!