We have here a stunning Omega Seamaster Chronograph 145.024, aka the Flat Jedi (more on the origin of the name can be found here). Inside is the manual wind caliber 861, the same caliber found in the original Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. The dial has a similar layout to the Speedmaster, too, with subsidiary dials at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock. The tachymeter scale is, however, on the outer ring of the dial, rather than on the bezel. We love the pop of orange on the hour, minute and subsidiary seconds hands.
The strangely-shaped, stainless steel case measures 41mm and is deceptively flat (hence the nickname). With the profile measuring only 11m, you have to wonder how Omega managed to fit such a complicated watch in the case! We particularly love the sunburst finish of the steel case.
This watch comes on a stainless steel genuine Omega bracelet from the late 1970's which we feel suits the watch, it also looks fab on a black, racing, leather strap to keep it's sporty feel, but this watch looks good on anything and can be dressed up or down with straps to suit every occasion.
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
Omega chronographs are some of our favourite watches and they don't come much better than the late 1960s-early 1970s models. A rare find and the perfect watch for the vintage newbie or seasoned collector.
Age : 1961/1970
Specific Age : 1969
Case Size : 40mm
Case Thickness : 11mm
Lug to Lug : 48mm
Lugs : 20mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Omega box
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof service cover