Omega Seamaster 120*** ST 166.027*** 1968
OMEGA Vintage Seamaster 120 Ref. ST 166.027 Black dial and silver date, 1968
Serial: 26362049
Circa: 1968
Reference No.: ST 166.027

CASE: 37mm Stainless Steel with black rotating 60min bezel, back engraved with Seamaster seahorse logo, acrylic crystal

DIAL: Back dial with luminous filled applied indexes. Date aperture at 3 o’clock. OMEGA AUTOMATIC & Seasmaster 120 printed on the dial, Omega logo applied at 12 o’clock.

MOVEMENT: Omega Caliber 565, Self-winding mechanical with quickset date, 24 jewels

BRACELET: Vintage style leather strap

CONDITION REPORT: The dial is in mint condition the tritium markers have a perfectly even cream patina. The bezel has faded to a nice grey color and retains its original tiritum pearl. The case appears to be unpolished and edges are sharp. The overall condition is excellent and all original.

NOTES: This watch comes with an Omega archives extract confirming delivery to Greece in 1968.

The Seamaster was launched by Omega in 1948 to coincide with the brand’s 100th anniversary and is the oldest model in the current collection. Loosely based on the waterproof wristwatches made for the British military at the end of World War II, the Seamaster was first intended as a robust yet elegant watch for active individuals who wanted a watch for ‘Town and Country’. The first watches were equipped with self-winding movements in both standard and chronometer versions, the latter being universally appreciated for their robustness, accuracy and reliability.
The key to these watches was the O-ring gasket. At this time, water-resistant watches generally used lead or shellac gaskets which were susceptible to temperature changes. The Seamaster, however, used a rubber gasket of the type that had proven its abilities in submarines during the Second World War. The Swiss Laboratory for Watch Research independently tested 50 cases of the Seamaster at a simulated depth of 60 meters. After temperature changes of -40° C to 50° C in quick succession, the cases showed no sign of water infiltration. The engineers at OMEGA were so sure of the Seamaster that one flew over the north pole attached to the outside of a DC6 in 1956.
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