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Omega Seamaster 30 -63

posted 28 Nov 2014, 13:04 by Markus Helander   [ updated 21 Dec 2014, 03:14 ]
The first of my vintage spree; the first of my many vintage watches, but truly the one that took me away and started my new hobby.

Central sweep seconds, hippocampus logo back, original logo crown, Omega logo on the armored hesalite crystal; all the things I had learned to look for after intensively searching for information on vintage watches online. Around these times the Omega Vintage Watches Database was in heavy use and this being my first vintage and also my first second-hand watch, I was super-cautious and had decided to look up everything before making the decision to buy one. I believe the Omega watches Vintage site even required some kind of login back then.

I remember the thrill of searching for facts and experiences on vintage Omegas, finding things out these very specific details of different movements, models, eras even for first time.

Omega Seamaster 30 ref. ST 135.0003:

The movement was Omega handwound calibre 286. The first models were with said 286, later to be updated with 269. With 17 jewels and 42-hour reserve the 30mm (Seamaster 30 - you know: 30) movement worked perfectly for its age and ran beyond my dreams. It had the, at this point mostly theoretical, water resistance of 30 meters, but I felt confident enough to keep it from even seeing water. Originally from Omegas international 1962 collection, the serial number puts this piece to 1963.

Omega hippocampus logo on a pretty scratchless Omega Seamaster 30 case back above was one of the most exciting parts of the watch for me. I've always been in to logos and back then, I even argued online that I preferred logo case backs over display backs on beautiful manual movements. My thoughts have matured, I guess. Now, the beautifully finished bridges, colorful wheels and jewels take my breath away when visible through the case back.

This was, I feel, a true Omega classic from the 60s, when Omega was blazing through the watch industry. The cal 286 was a solid good-sized manual wind movement that, fitted with this stylish yet minimalistic basic case and dial, made a perfect entry-level watch to start my collection. Obviously, this was the first watch I had ever opened up - I saw it tick, and it got me even more excited on mechanical watches.

My vintage spree would take me to a new brand that, to my recollection, didn't even have an authorized dealer in Finland, but was no stranger to the more seasoned watch enthusiasts: Zenith.