Omega Seamaster*** 166.062 Blue Big Crown*** 1971
OMEGA Seamaster, Ref. 166.062 Blue Dial, Big Crown, 1971
Serial: 29407610
Circa: 1971
Reference No.: 166.062

CASE: 37mm, Stainless Steel with blue rotating 60min bakelite bezel, Seamaster logo on the case back, CB Case, acrylic crystal

DIAL: Blue dial with luminous filled applied indexes. Date aperture at 3 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 patina. The bezel is in perfect condition and retains its original tiritum. The case appears to be unpolished and edges are sharp. The overall condition is excellent and all original.

NOTES: This watch was delivered to Italy in 1971 according to the Omega Museum.

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.
- Omega Museum