Omega Seamaster 2850SC XVI ‘Olympia Melbourne’
For “outstanding service to the world of sport” Omega was awarded the Olympic Cross of Merit in the year 1952.
To celebrate this, Omega presented the Omega Seamaster XVI, four years later at the 16th Olympic games in Melbourne, Australia. The watch was never retailed in this configuration but given away to athletes, celebrities and executives at the games. The story tells that Omega only created about 100 pieces of this very special Seamaster execution due to the fact that they haven’t had any rights to use the Olympic Cross of Merit on their dial.
So this specific piece dates back to the year 1956 and carries reference 2850SC. The watch is made out of 18k pink gold, has a case size of 34 millimeter and runs on the automatic caliber 471. The watch’s case features an hexagonal crown and beautifully shaped sloped lugs.
Of course all the attentions is pointed at the distinguishing and mesmerizing Chinese lacquered dial including the lacquer and email Olympic Cross of Merit above the six o’clock-position. The dial lay-out is perfected with a beautiful ‘Dauphine’ handset an the 18k pink gold ‘coffin’ hour-markers.
The watch comes with its original papers and original corduroy inlayed, leather box that also features the applied Olympic Cross of Merit on top.