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.
This rare circa. 1954 Omega Seamaster has around 34.5mm stainless steel case, tapering lugs for that comfortable fit on the wrist. Polished surfaces throughout with a stepped polished bezel. Domed crystal protects the star of the show, a Guilloché or waffle dial, applied polished arrowhead indexes with Arabic numerals at 12,3,6 and 9. Play with the light as you rotate your wrist. Elegant steel Dauphine hands complete with a center seconds hand that sweeps around this rare dial. Text is kept to a minimum with Omega at 12 o’clock and Seamaster at 6 o’clock. On the back, we have an engine-turned snap on case back. Inside a Manually Wound Omega Cal. 420, 17 jewels, 18.000 beats per hour. Inside the case back, we have a stamped “PAT Applied For” (could be referring to their O’Ring gasket Technology) “DeniSteel” stainless steel. DeniSteel was a trading name registered in 1934 by the English case maker Dennison; its own type of Staybrite. Staybrite steel had been introduced to the Swiss watch industry in the 1920s by Firth Steel Sales AG, founded in 1919 in Switzerland as a subsidiary of Firth Brown. We most commonly find the DeniSteel stamp inside case backs from the 1940s to the 1960s on UK market models by Omega, Rolex, and IWC. While an excellent case manufacturer, Dennison most likely didn’t blend its steel, and they most likely would have been supplied by Brown Firth or one of its competitors. The watch comes fitted on a lovely brown 18mm strap with an Omega reproduction buckle, provided with an Omega red box.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with an original Omega red box, no original Omega paperwork is present. The watch comes paired on a well-fitted brown suede strap with an Omega reproduction buckle. The watch is from Circa. 1954 and is sold in worn, vintage condition, but overall very good condition as you can see. The watch is in original condition, the case has been professionally repolished to a very high standard, the dial and hands are completely original and the lume has been redone at some point in the past 5/10 years. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
The moment I saw this fantastic example I just had to have it, it's incredible and wears beautifully on the wrist with the fatter lugged case! The dial is definitely the star here, the waffle texture is fantastic and adds real depth when observing the watch on your wrist or when under a loupe to take a closer look, neither dissapoint! I suspect this won't last too long, just take a look at those macros and you'll easily see why.