Scuba diving became a huge leisure pursuit in the 1950’s and watch manufacturers were quick to offer timepieces designed to suit the activity. In 1953 Blancpain introduced the blueprint for future dive watches with it’s rotating “time elapsed” bezel, luminous dial and hands and screw down crown . Rolex were quick to follow in 1954 with their Submariner model and various other manufacturers followed suit soon after. In 1957 Omega debuted their offering the Seamaster 300 reference CK2913, along with it’s brothers the Railmaster and Speedmaster. The first generation Seamaster 300’s looked very distinctive with their broadarrow hands and narrow acrylic bezel.
Omegas Seamaster range of watches needs little introduction to anyone with even just a passing interest in vintage wristwatches. Introduced in 1948 to coincide with the brand’s 100th anniversary the line is still being manufactured today, all be it unrecognisable from the first incarnations which were loosely based on watches made for the British military at the end of World War II. This example dates from around the late 1950’s and is a stainless steel cased example.
This lovely 1970’s Omega dress watch came in for a service a short while ago. I was struck by the simple, very elegant styling, the whole watch hangs together beautifully from the baton hands and applied indicies to the dial that fills the slender 9k gold case with its baton type lugs. It just looks right!
Once inside, the calibre 1030 movement is every bit as lovely as the external components, you can tell the rhodium plated movement hasn’t been built down to a price, again it’s just right. (more…)