Formerly known as the La Generale Watch Co., Louis Brandt founded it in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1848. In 1903, they renamed their company Omega until 1982, when they officially changed their name to Omega SA. They are today part of the Swiss Swatch Group. The first Omega Seamasters was based loosely around waterproof watches made for the Royal Navy. What made the Seamaster appealing was using an O-Ring gasket which gave it temperature and depth resistance. In 1955, the Swiss Laboratory for Watch Research tested out 50 Seamaster cases with a 60-meter depth rating. Omega was so confident 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.
The Seamaster Cosmic was introduced in 1967, jumping on the hype for space travel and everything space-related. The continued relationship with NASA only strengthened Omega’s position, as the preferred manufacturer. It generated new life into the Seamaster range. The production run was for less than a decade. Our 1969 Omega Seamaster Cosmic Date 166.023 has a monocoque (coque in French means hull) case design, made from a solid piece of stainless steel, access to the movement is by removing the crystal with a special tool. The curve of the case ends at stubby lugs. A flat back and angled sides make the watch comfortable to wear. On the right side is a signed crown. The case holds the domed crystal. Its silver dial has a textured surface. An outer chapter ring with applied steel indexes is finished with chamfered edges that catch the light as you rotate your wrist. At 3 o’clock a date framed window. Slim sword hands with Tritium infill complete with a tapered sweeping center seconds hand. At 12 o’clock the applied Omega “Automatic”, at 6 o’clock “Seamaster” “Cosmic” printed in black. On the reverse, the Hippocampus is etched onto the surface. Inside an Automatic Omega Cal. 565, 24 jewels, 19,800 beats per hour. The Quickest date is done by repeatedly pulling the crown into the final position. The watch comes fitted on its original flat link 'beads of rice' Omega bracelet with a signed clasp.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Omega box or paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original 18mm Omega flat link "beads of rice" bracelet with a signed Omega clasp, this bracelet will fit up to a 7inch wrist. The watch is from Circa. 1969 and is sold in worn, vintage condition, but overall good condition as you can see. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.