A couple of vintage Omegas caught my eye on eBay…
First up is this wonderful piece of history – a genuine RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) Military Chronograph – originally owned by a RCAF pilot, shot down during combat – who survived the crash while wearing this watch! Just over 400 the watches were made. The watch has been recently serviced and keeps good time. You can get hold of a piece of history for $29,000 – not cheap – but where are you going to find another? eBay Link
A more affordable, but still eminently stylish option, is this 1967s Vintage, Seamaster Cosmic Automatic. A bargain at just under £800 – bearing in mind this watch uses the legendary Cal 565 movement – one of the finest self-winding Automatic movement Omega’s ever made. The strap is a modern thick leather strap – but I think it sets the watch off nicely. eBay Link
Finally, for now, is another Seamaster – this one is New – but with the classic good looks of a vintage Omega. The 300M Spectre – Limited Edition – This watch is limited to 7,007 pieces world-wide to commemorate the 2015 James Bond film Spectre. It features a black baton dial housing Arabic numerals for 3,6&9, a back ceramic liquidmetal bi/directional bezel and ‘lollipop’ seconds hand. It is complete on a NATO strap but also comes with a stainless steel Seamaster bracelet. Comes in a spectacular box with all relevant paperwork including its certificate of authenticity. Collection in store is welcome – where the watch can be sized to your wrist. A shade over £8k. eBay Link
A little Omega History & Trivia
Omega was a major supplier of watches to large ministries of defense, especially during the 1st and 2nd World Wars. The company’s timepieces would go on to be used by the armed and special forces of British, France, Italy, USA, Norway, Sweden, Canada to name a few.
Important musicians including Elvis, Beatles members & Buddy Holly have been photographed wearing Omega watches including the Constellation range. World leaders such as JFK and Mikhail Gorbachev choice of watch. Pope John Paul II wore Omega watches.
Omega has four main vintage watch families today that are famous to everyone interested in the classic watches they are: Seamaster, Geneve, Constellation and De Ville. The Omega Seamaster was introduced in 1948. The De Ville version of the Seamaster featured a front-loading case where the access to the movement was gained through the front of the watch rather than the back. The Seamaster De Ville was available from 1963.
Omega watches tend to hold their value brilliantly and should actually increase in value over the n years as they become rarer and rarer. Buying a brand new watch is like a car, as soon as it leaves the premises the prices drops by at least 20%. A vintage watch in good condition and serviced by a Omega specialist is hard to find.
A leading American news commentator wrote an article regarding “Stealth wealth” – where this watch type is purchased by gentleman who tend to purchase things that are discrete and very sophisticated. Basically – a subtle way to show off the exquisiteness of good taste!