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Omega Seamaster Ref. 168.024
Here we have a beautiful example of an Omega Seamaster Ref. 168.024 in steel.
The Seamaster line requires no introduction. It is primarily known for its dive watches, such as the James Bond icon: Seamaster Professional 300M. Prior to 1957, the Seamaster looked much more like a dress watch, albeit fitted with water-proofing technologies. This example, from 1970 is a clear descendant of those watches.
This Seamaster wears modern, although it has a modest diameter. Its beefy lugs and overall sporty aesthetic provides it with a thoroughly timeless wrist presence.
Most of these Seamasters are not chronometer rated. This specimen is, making it a lot rarer and more desirable. Of course, the chronometer rating is proudly put on display on the dial of this Ref. 168.024.
You might consider this line of Seamasters a perfect alternative to the mighty Rolex Datejust. Similar in size and features, but very different in overall feel. And altogether a bit more affordable still.
This stunning Omega Seamaster Ref. 168.024 is now available at Amsterdam Watch Company.
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The Omega Seamaster was introduced in 1948 and is, as such, the longest continuously running line within Omega’s catalogue. While these early Seamasters might look like dress-watches by today’s standards, their unique selling point was the use of an O-ring gasket between the case and the screw-in caseback. This development, taken from Submarine innovation during WWII, provided the watches with waterproofing that is anything but dressy. A major upgrade over older lead and shellac alternatives.
In 1955, a Seamaster was taken to a record depth of 62,5 meters by diver Gordon McLean, off the coast of Australia. Note that this is still before it took on the archetypal form-factor of a dive watch in 1957, with Ref. CK2913. Since then, models with and without divetime bezels have co-existed within the Omega Seamaster collection.
1950’s And 1960’s non-divetime-bezel Seamasters offer amazing value within today’s vintage market. Despite their modest diameter, they tend to have great wrist presence due to sporty, beefy cases. Countless variations exist, from rare curtain-dial double-signed Seamasters to fancy lugs and cross-hair dials. Great finishing and quality movements ensure these are still awesome everyday watches today. Since they were produced in relatively large numbers, a good example does not break the bank like some technically and historically lesser watches do.
The vintage diving Seamasters, such as the Ref. CK2913, Milspec Seamaster 300 or the famous PloProf, have become highly sought-after and collectible.
It is impossible to write about the Omega Seamaster without mentioning James Bond. When Pierce Brosnan took on the role of British super spy in 1995’s Goldeneye, a tricked-out quartz Seamaster diver was on his wrist. Different Seamasters have featured in all Bond-franchise films since. There was even a sly dig at Omega’s biggest rivals in Casino Royale when a James Bond/Vesper Lynd conversation went: “Rolex?” “Omega.” “Beautiful!” Oh snap!
The Omega Seamaster collection has everything you could want from a watch. The history, the significance, the quality and the sheer variety. From simpler versions that present massive value, to highly collectible and extremely rare examples. A cool, understated look with an adventurous undertone. We love them!
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