We have here a stunning Omega Seamaster rare Chronometer certified, model 168.023, from 1969. It is very difficult not to get excited by this watch. The stippled, silver "glitter" dial is in great condition and is reminiscent of the era of the birth of disco. At 3 o'clock sits the day/date function. The outer minute tracking is chamfered which creates a two-tone effect. Do not confuse this with the standard non-certified seamaster model. This is a rare piece indeed as only a small number of seamaster pieces were issued with chronometer certificates.
The in-house, Omega-signed caliber 751 has quick date change and sits inside a slightly larger 36.5mm, stainless steel, screw-back case with an unusual sunburst/satin bezel. The classic, Seamaster hippocampus stamp and the original, stainless steel bracelet. This rarer and more intricate Seamaster also comes with its original box.
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.
Any Omega 'Chronometer Officially Certified' watch is tested to the highest possible level. Omega have called it "the most distinguished-title a watch may carry." In order to achieve this title, each of the 153 essential components that make up these watches undergo 360-hour accuracy and reliability tests and inspections.
The watch comes fully serviced by our on-site workshop and with our 12 months, non-waterproof service cover. In fact, the overhaul has got the watch running to +/- 8 seconds per day!
What we think
The Omega Seamaster is a favorite among collectors. This classic 1960s / 70s vintage watch is one of the finest we have seen in some years. If you're looking for an affordable, attractive and reliable vintage watch, you'd be pushed to find a better example! Perfect for the vintage watch newbie or seasoned collector and can be switched from bracelet to strap at your leisure.
Age : 1961/1970
Specific Age : 1969
Case Size : 36.5mm
Case Thickness : 12mm
Lug to Lug : 42mm
Lugs : 19mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Omega Box
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof service cover