We have here a classic Omega manual wind dress watch from 1959. The fully restored dial has elegant, gilt baton markers with double markers at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock. The gilt, alpha hour and minute hands sit nicely in the centre of the watch. Paired with the subsidiary seconds, the dial gives the timeless symmetry and subtlety that you want from a dress watch. Sometimes, for whatever reason, dials will need restoration. This does not mean we disregard them or hide them away. It is a true-to-original restoration and we are happy to bring this impressive piece back to its former stunning beauty.
The 9ct yellow gold, English-made, three-piece case measures 34mm and is a comfortable and elegant wear for both males and females. This is an Omega dress watch and wouldn't have been issued with a model number. We've teamed this beauty up with a brown leather strap, which can be easily changed. Housed inside the case is the ever-reliable, mechanical manual wind Omega caliber 268, which is jewelled to the centre wheel and has serviced by us in our onsite workshop and is running strongly.
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 a 12 month, non-waterproof service cover.
What we think
If you're looking for an affordable, attractive and reliable vintage dress watch, you'd be pushed to find a better example. It's the perfect watch for a first-time vintage watch buyer and an Omega dress watch is a must have in any collection!
We love this watch and are proud to have revived such a stunning piece of design, making it available for the next generation. We like to be as transparent as possible with what our watches have gone through, and we are happy to present quality craftsmanship that means these timepieces get many more years of use!
Age : 1951/1960
Specific Age : 1959
Case Size : 34mm
Case Thickness : 9mm
Lug to Lug : 41mm
Lugs : 18mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : No
Case Material : Solid 9ct Gold, Made in England and Signed by Omega
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty