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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1968
    Reference No: 166.024
    Movement No: 27’182’635
    Model Name: Seamaster 300
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 565, 24 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Omega bracelet, endlinks stamped “516”, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega deployant clasp stamped “1039”, “4,67”
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Delivered with Omega Extract from the Archives confirming its date of manufacture of the present timepiece on 27 November 1968 and its delivery to Japan.

  • Catalogue Essay

    With the Omega Speedmaster known to be the proprietary leader of space travel, the Omega Seamaster certainly deserves a significant role in the golden era of dive watches of the 1950s. The famed seahorse adorned on numerous caseback pays tribute to the Roman god of the sea, Neptune. Charioting across the ocean, the Omega Seamaster 300 was extremely well-made tool watches for both professional and recreational divers.

    The Seamaster 300 had various dial configurations during its production span, the reference 166.024 is the only model from the Seamaster 300 that bears the date aperture at 3 o’clock. Powered by the calibre 565 with 24 jewels, the movement came with a calendar function featuring the handy rapid date corrector. Highly desirable, the dial is fitted with the oversized big triangle hour marker and sword hands combination, a rare trait normally seen on military variants known to be issued for the British Royal Navy. Extremely legible under water with bold luminescent plots, the avid diver can track their dive time with the assistance of the bi-directional rotating bezel with fully hashed intervals. The bezel also bears a distinct typographic characteristic with straight “1” and flat top numerals that is produced between 1969-1971. Adding to its attraction, the timepiece is charmed with its 1039 bracelet.

    The Seamaster 300 is exceptional in so many ways, extremely well-preserved with a beautiful case that retains its original bevels and desired edges. The present vintage specimen offered by a prominent Japanese collector with incredible rarity and charm will certainly capture the attention of vintage Omega collectors.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Property from a Japanese Collector

841

Ref. 166.024
A very fine and attractive stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with date, center seconds and bracelet

1968
42mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$40,000 - 64,000 
€4,300-6,900
$5,100-8,200

Sold for HK$138,600

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021