Delving into my vintage collection I came across one of my old favourites – the Omega Seamaster. This particular model is the 1949 collection series steel version with sweep second hand.
I particularly like this model as it is about as good as it gets – The serial number dates it to the beginning of 1950 and it has a great condition 351 or more likely the 354 auto mechanical “Bumper” 17 jewel movement inside. This early bumper rotor is quite rare as it has a fairly short range of perhaps 300 degrees as Omega originally designed. It has around 36 hours spring reserve which is very commendable. It is matched nicely by the classic detail of the outside. Wonderful dial face with hard riveted Gold dagger batons and numerals, (quite difficult to distinguish in the photos, but these are gold colored when seen against the stainless case) – the almost perfect condition “radium” luminous filled hands plus that extra touch of a wonderful “Art deco” red painted sweep second arrowhead hand. The naturally aged patina of the dial itself give an almost 2-tone effect owing to the dial curve and if you look closely you can see in the center, the Omega embossed logo on the original Hesalite armoured crystal.
The case is stainless steel and in very good condition and the back is very clean screw down original too with apparently a 30m Water Resistance, but I might pass on that! The crown is the original Logo version and the leather strap a standard Omega 18mm fitting, which completes the whole thing.
Dimension wise it’s a nice 35mm diameter and 42mm lug to lug, so a good size even for today and of course it IS a good choice for any vintage watch collector – there are many versions around at the moment which represent pretty good value as they are a quality and classic watch. Just shop around for the best quality and finish you can get and you won’t go far wrong.