A rare and appealing stainless steel diver's watch with date, Bakelite bezel and bracelet made for the Israeli Defense Forces

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1973
    Reference No: 166.073 ST
    Movement No: 34'052'697
    Model Name: Seamaster 120 "IDF"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 565, 24 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel reference 1170, endlinks stamped 634, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel deployant clasp stamped 1170
    Dimensions: 39mm Width 43mm Length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch on June 29, 1973 and delivery to the Israeli Defense Forces on June 29, 1973.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Following the success of the Seamaster 300 models, Omega launched a smaller and cheaper dive watch dubbed “Seamaster 120” in 1965, with the “120” referring to the water resistance of the watch. Four different references were produced with or without date, automatic or manual winding.

    The present version is part of the later models with date, automatic winding, large indexes and sword hands for increased legibility and a bi-directional Bakelite bezel.

    One of the interesting features of the watch is the quickset date mechanism which functions by pulling the crown in and out to advance the date.

    With its cool masculine looks the watch is a perfect example of 70s suavity, however the most exciting element of the watch is the fact that it was delivered to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in 1973, as confirmed by the Omega Extract from the Archives and as such has lead an adrenaline laden life.

    The present Seamaster 120 IDF would be an exotic addition to the collection of a military watch collector.

  • Maker Bio

    Omega

    Swiss • 1848

    Omega's rich history begins with its founder, Louis Brandt, who established the firm in 1848 in La Chaux de Fonds. In 1903, the company changed its name to Omega, becoming the only watch brand in history to have been named after one its own movements. A full-fledged manufacturer of highly accurate, affordable and reliable watches, its sterling reputation enabled them to be chosen as the first watch company to time the Olympic Games beginning in 1932. Its continued focus on precision and reliability ultimately led their Speedmaster chronograph wristwatch to be chosen by NASA in 1965 — the first watch worn on the moon.

    Key models sought-after by collectors include their first, oversized water-resistant chronograph — the reference 2077, early Speedmaster models such as the CK 2915 and 2998, military-issued versions of the Seamaster and oversized chronometer models such as those fitted with their prestigious caliber 30T2Rg.

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Omega

Ref. 166.073 ST
A rare and appealing stainless steel diver's watch with date, Bakelite bezel and bracelet made for the Israeli Defense Forces

1973
39mm Width 43mm Length
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 
€7,000-10,600
$8,200-12,300

sold for CHF11,875

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018