We have here a beautiful Omega Geneve model 135.070 from 1969 with a rare, silvered, bark finish dial. The symmetry of the dial, with the elegant, chrome, lume-pipped baton makers and chrome and lumed, pencil-point hour, minute and sweeping central seconds hands, is so evocative of late 1960s watch design. Paired with the stunning, bark-finished dial, this watch is a timeless classic that can be dressed up or dressed down for a more everyday look.
The 35mm, stainless steel case houses the manual wind Omega caliber 601 with 17 jewels. We've paired this watch on a grey, suede strap but it looks equally good on brown, black, leather etc.
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 in our on-site workshop and comes with our 12 months, non-waterproof service cover.
What we think
If you're looking for an affordable, attractive and reliable vintage watch, you'd be pushed to find a better example. This is the perfect watch for a first-time buyer or a seasoned collector - it isn't often you see a dial like this, let alone in this condition!
Age : 1961/1970
Specific Age : 1969
Case Size : 35mm
Case Thickness : 12mm
Lug to Lug : 40mm
Lugs : 18mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : No
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof service cover