We have here a stunning Omega Seamaster 2849 from 1958, complete with date function. The off-white dial has a nice even and subtle patina to it, and gives no doubt to its originality. The date function sits at 3 o'clock and is outlined with a gilt window. The gilt baton markers are differentiated at 12, 6 and 9 o'clock to help make for an easy ready. And even with the aged lume the sword-type, gilt hour, minute and central seconds hands also contribute to this.
The 34mm, stainless steel, clip-on case has the famous hippocampus back and we've given it a very light polish. Its got the original crown and cyclops glass for the date magnification. Inside, we have an unusual calendar system and Omega's automatic caliber 503, fully serviced by us and running strongly. We've paired the watch on a black croc-grain strap but it looks good on anything.
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
It is getting harder and harder to find good vintage calendar Seamasters nowadays so we are very excited about this watch. About as good a vintage, preowned Omega as you will find and we love this rarer, black dial model. Looks great on males and females alike, a 1950s Omega Seamaster is a must have in any vintage watch collection. If you prefer the same watch with black dial check out our other listing here - the same model and also from 1958.
Age : 1951/1960
Specific Age : 1958
Case Size : 34mm
Case Thickness :
Lug to Lug : 42mm
Lugs : 18mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : No
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof service cover