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Vintage watch Wednesday

by Michael Weare
24 October, 2012
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Omega 1944

Three crisp OMEGA’s all in a row. These are just a tiny taste of the treasures you can find on Derek Dier’s wonderful site WatchesToBuy.com, one of the longest established watch websites in cyberspace, dating back to 1995. Derek is the man entrusted to select the vintage watches for the multi-award winning AMC show Mad Men.

These are excellent examples from Omega through three different decades, starting with the 1940s, moving on to the 1950s and ending with a golden flourish in the 1970s.

Omega 1944

Omega 1944

Omega 1944 crown

 

I particularly like the 1944 model. It’s s an oversized OMEGA in a gold plated steel back case measuring 35mm (in 1944 35mm was oversized). The dial was expertly restored many years ago and is highlighted with reflective Arabic rose toned numerals and matching hands. The calibre 30T2 OMEGA movement is considered to be one of OMEGA’S finest movements and were often used in WW2 watches. $1,150

Omega 1952

Omega 1952

1952 Omega crown

This is a glorious looking Omega in solid 14k gold dating to 1952, a personal favourite era for clean, elegant watchmaking. The watch measures what for then was a full sized 34.5mm. with the original OMEGA winding crown. The calibre 354, is an early, bumper automatic movement that is accurately maintaining time. The silver dial was perfectly restored and still has the very uncommon raised gold configuration with rare 12, 2, 4, 6, 8 10 numerals. This is the most expensive of the three at $1,495

1974 Omega Geneve

Omega Geneve 1974

Omega Geneve crown

 

An OMEGA Geneve dating back to 1974 and in near perfect condition.  The OMEGA hesalite crystal and winding crown are original. The case is without a scratch.  The stainless steel case back has a nostalgic inscription from 1977. This stretch, mesh bracelet looks excellent on this watch and is very fine-made by EVINGER USA. The gold dial is pristine, as are the baton hands, having black inset.  The automatic winding calibre 1012 OMEGA movement is accurate. The gold mesh dial is stunning too. Just $795, bargain!

 

 

 

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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