We have here a rare and exciting Omega Seamaster Dynamic II from 1984. This second generation Dynamic has received the nickname "Spider" because of its interesting web-like bezel. This 196.0301 model was originally made with three different bezel variations; gold-plated, PVD and stainless steel, the latter of which we have here. The elliptical-shaped cases of the first generation of Dynamics, produced from 1968, were designed by Raymond Thévenaz, but it is unclear if he designed these later models. The round, 34mm, stainless steel, screw-back case does have a lot of similarities to the first Dynamics - the straps are attached to the cases using a stainless steel ring that is screwed into the back of the case, and we've kept this watch on its original, stainless steel, Omega bracelet. This particular model of Dynamic's case is incredibly interesting and shows Omega's innovation in their designs. The profile of the case is angled so that when the watch is sitting on your wrist, the dial is tilted slightly for easier readability. Inside is the Swiss quartz caliber 1430 with quick date set, fully serviced by us and running strongly.
We also love the two-tone silver and anthracite dial with red accents. The dial is signed 'Omega,' with the famous Omega logo at 12 o'clock and 'Seamaster' at 6. The position of the date window at 6 o'clock gives the watch a stunning sense of symmetry. Lumed, red, stick hour, minute and central seconds hands complete the dial.
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.
This watch comes fully serviced by our on-site workshop and with a 12 month, non-waterproof service cover.
What we think
As a child of the 1970s, I've always loved a Dynamic and this second generation does not disappoint. First launched in 1984, it still has the sporty feel and is a very comfortable wear on the wrist. The perfect watch for the vintage watch newbie, seasoned collector or Dynamic collector!
Age : 1981/1990
Specific Age : 1986
Case Size : 34mm
Case Thickness : 8mm at thickest point
Lug to Lug : 38mm
Lugs : 20mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : No
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty