The Seamaster was the most popular series in the Omega range during the eminent years of watchmaking. Here I have an excellent example of an ordinary looking but nonetheless beautiful Seamaster from 1968.
The flagship of the Omega range was the Constellation and, in its shadow, was the Seamaster. But there wasn’t a lot of difference between them, technically or aesthetically. I have, on several occasions mistaken one for the other when viewed from the distance of the wearers’ wrist.
I think the difference is slight. The Constellation is a certified chronometer, which means it complies (and tested) to a standard of performance and construction. But the movement that was used in all models, the 500 and 700 series were, as far as I know, identical. So, performance should be consistent between the two even though the Seamaster was not tested to chronometer standards.
The quality of the entire Omega range was at such a standard that just about all movements would have passed the chronometer tests.
Back to this watch. By 1968 the “Pie Pan” dial was replaced with much plainer dials as this but whatever it was about the pie pans that made them age so much was not included in their successors. Here we see an almost perfect dial with minimal aging.
We also have beautiful hands, delightful raised index markers and a rare magnifying “bubble” covering both the day and date. The interesting, and innovative thing about the magnifier is that it bulges downwards not upwards as all others do. This has always been a problem with date bubbles because by protruding up from the plane of the glass they scratch first and easily. The date has a quick change feature, essential when you have both day and date display. Quick date change and day/date display where not new but top end features in 1968
The rest is standard Omega style and quality: The Seamaster medallion on the back, the signed water resistant crown, the amazing 752 24 jewel movement.
The only thing that I dislike about this masterpiece is that the bezel is plain a little wide taking the finesse away from the style making it appear a little bulky. A precursor of what was to come in the 70’s.
It is all original except the strap. Signed five times including the watermark on the glass.
The Seamaster is all it’s cracked up to be; Water resistant, tough, reliable, accurate and durable.