We have here an impressive Omega Genève Day/Date, model 166.0169, from 1972. Retailed and sold 14-3-76 as stated on the original paperwork. It has a gorgeous, silvered dial with slim baton markers and double markers at 12 o'clock. Slim hour, minute and central seconds hands sit at the centre of the dial and offer a nice contrast for an easy read. At 12 o'clock, the dial is signed 'Omega, Automatic' with the famous Omega logo and 'Genève' at 6 o'clock. At 3 o'clock is the day/date window.
The chamfered, 36x43mm, brushed, stainless steel, screw-back case has a contrasting, polished, steel bezel, drawing your eye to the stunning dial. Inside is the automatic Omega caliber 1022, fully serviced by us and running strongly. We've paired the watch on a black leather strap with its original Omega buckle, but it looks great on anything. Despite being 50+ years old, this watch comes with its original box and papers, too - something that is quite rare for a watch of this age!
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.
This watch comes fully serviced by our on-site workshop and with a 12 month, non-waterproof service cover.
What we think
This is another 1970s-defined watch and we just can't get enough of it! It has the versatility of being both a dress watch and an everyday piece, with a tried and tested Omega caliber within. Perfect for both men and women, first-time buyers and seasoned collectors.
Age : 1971/1980
Specific Age : 1972 ( Sold 14.03.1976)
Case Size : 36mm
Case Thickness :
Lug to Lug : 44mm
Lugs : 18mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Yes
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty