Omega Ranchero*** CK 2990-1 US Air Force*** 1959
OMEGA Ranchero CK 2990-1, US Air Force, circa 1959
Serial: 16515173
Circa: 1959
Reference No.: CK 2990-1

CASE: 36mm, stainless steel, snap back

DIAL: Black matte dial with radium luminous indexes, Broad arrow hands, Omega Ranchero 30mm printed on the dial

MOVEMENT: Calibre 267, hand-wound mechanical movement, 17 jewels

BRACELET: Omega stainless steel rice bracelet

CONDITION REPORT: Watch is in overall excellent condition and is 100% original.

NOTES: This particular example comes with an archives extract from Omega confirming the watch was delivered to the US Air Force in 1959, which is a rare provenance. It is not a military issue watch.

In 1958, Omega created a watch line it called Rancheros. It was inspired by the Railmaster, the Seamaster 300 and the arrowhead hand of the 1957 Speedmaster so there was no mistaking its lineage. The watch encountered resistance in Spanish-speaking countries from potential customers who were put off by its name that means “ranch hand” in Spanish. As a result, the Rancheros, were discontinued and are quite rare today. Ironically, this scarcity has led to high prices in the vintage watch market and the once modest Ranchero has become quite the collector’s item.
- Omega Museum