We have here a classic Omega dress watch, model 14387, from 1958. The off-white dial has aged really interestingly with speckling, giving no doubt to its originality. There is a mixture of single and double chrome baton markers for the hours and the dial is signed simply 'Omega' with the famous Omega logo at 12 o'clock. We love the sense of symmetry of this watch, which is only enhanced with the Alpha hour, minute and central seconds hands.
The 33mm, stainless steel case has a slim profile of 8.5mm. This is the perfect size for a dress watch and it will certainly slide comfortably under a cuff. The slightly smaller size makes this a great fit for both men and women. It's definitely a transitional piece and you can see the beginnings of Omega's sleeker 1960s cases taking over from the chunkier 1950s designs here. Inside is the mechanical manual wind Omega caliber 520, fully serviced by us and running strongly. We've paired the watch on a brown leather strap to keep it casual, but it looks great dressed up in black too. It is rare to come across a watch of this age with its original buckle or box, but we've lucked out with this piece and it comes with both!
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 comes fully serviced by our on-site workshop and with our 12 month, non-waterproof service cover.
What we think
Elegant and classic, this watch is perfect for the vintage watch newbie and every collection needs a minimum of one Omega! A great vintage example with decades of character and dating right from the end of the 1950s, it has the best of this decade and the best of what was to come.
Age : 1951/1960
Specific Age : 1958
Case Size : 33mm
Case Thickness : 8.5mm
Lug to Lug : 39mm
Lugs : 18mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Omega Box & Buckle
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty