1958 Elegant Omega Automatic Dress Watch with Cross Hair Dial Model 13308 in 9ct Gold Cal 501

This Watch

We have here a stunning example of a 1958 Omega Automatic Dress Watch, Model 13308.  The original dial has a two tone effect with cross hairs and a mixture of gilt baton and arrow markers, which add to the symmetry of the dial.  A light and even patina gives a subtle age to the watch.
The 35mm, solid 9ct gold case has a robust design that is evident in Omega's 1950s case shapes and it is a classic that we keep coming back to. Inside is Omega's automatic in house caliber 501 with 20 jewels.  Teardrop lugs lead to the dark green leather strap that we've paired this beauty on, but can be easily changed.
 

Extra Points 

Founded by Louis Brandt in 1848, Omega started out as La Generale Watch Co., an unassuming, but international business.   It wasn't until 1885, when the company had been taken over by Louis' sons, that the first mass-produced caliber, the Labrador, was released.  By 1903, the company had renamed itself Omega and only two years later were they the official timekeepers at many sporting events across Switzerland.  Omega stepped onto an international stage in 1932 as the official timekeepers at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the first of over 20 Olympic Games. Omega were one of the 12 companies, now known as the Dirty Dozen, commissioned to produce watches for the British Military during the Second World War.  One of Omega's most iconic watches, the Seamaster, was introduced in 1948 to celebrate their 100th anniversary.  Over 70 years later, it is still one of Omega's best selling watches.  Omega made headlines in 1962 when Wally Schirra wore the Speedmaster as part of NASA's first crewed spaceflight programme, making the Speedmaster the first watch to enter space.  It was only a few years before the Speedmaster became the official chronograph for the American space missions and was worn by Buzz Aldrin as well as the Apollo 13 crew.  Omega are still involved with NASA and have been instrumental in creating vital pieces of equipment for space exploration.  Omega's reputation continued to soar in the 1990s with Omega Seamaster worn by Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.  As well as post-1995 James Bonds, Omega has been worn by the likes of Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, Prince William, Rory McIlroy, Ringo Starr, Michael Phelps, Cindy Crawford and George Clooney.

 
This watch has been fully serviced by our on site workshop and comes with our 12 months, non-waterproof service cover.


What we think

We are quite taken by this elegant, vintage Omega.  It has all the best bits of 1950s design but looks timeless on the wrist of both men and women.  This is a watch for a seasoned collector or a vintage watch newbie. 

 

Spec Stuff

Serial : 1646****
Reference :  13308
Movement : Cal. 501, 20 jewels
Age : 1951/1960
Specific Age : 1958
Case Size : 35mm
Case Thickness :
Lug to Lug :

Lugs :
18mm
Condition :
Pre-Owned
Box & Papers :
No
Case Material :
Solid 9ct Yellow Gold
Service History :
 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty


Brand : Omega
SKU : AWCOM8179
Case Size : 35mm