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Omega Seamaster 300 Military 165.024
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1967, United Kingdom. The British Ministry of Defence issued this Omega Seamaster to the British Royal Air Force. Just imagine the stories that this watch has been through.1957, the Omega Seamaster 300 was introduced. This watch belonged, together with the Speedmaster and Railmaster, to Omega’s new collection of professional toolwatches and was Omega’s response to the Rolex Submariner, which was introduced four years earlier. The reference 165.024 was issued in 1964 and was part of the second generation of Seamaster 300s. This is an early specimen as it dates back to 1967; the first year of introduction by the British Ministry of Defense.This military watch, with the case size of 41,5mm, has a beautiful black dial with a grainy matte finish. What we absolutely love about the military Seamaster, as opposed to the regular 165.024, is the military engraved caseback. The ones used by the British Army starting with “W10”, followed by the military branch code, issue number and year of issue. Furthermore, the tritium on this example has aged gorgeously into a nice, yellowish-greenish colour. Moreover, the original, fragile bakelite bezel is in remarkably great condition and doesn’t show any cracks. Pretty rare for a professional diving watch! The so-called “mil-spec Seamaster” also has fixed bars, so that the NATO strap (of choice) stays tight. This one even has its original, crazed plexiglass, which shows stress-ruptures.A vintage piece that comes with its original papers (confirmation by British army) and Extracts of the Archives. Rarely, do we see such a well-preserved military Seamaster 300.
Omega Seamaster 300The Omega Seamaster is the oldest Omega line in the current collection. It was intended as a durable yet elegant watch for active individuals who wanted a versatile wristwatch. The most beloved toolwatch within this line became the Omega Seamaster 300 with a water depth rating of 200m. It proved its abilities in submarines during the Second World War and was used to achieve he first diving-record back in 1955.Due to the exceptional quality of the Omega Seamaster 300, it has been a popular choice among many of the world most famous explorers and divers. Most notably the use of Jacques Cousteau's team during its “Precontinent II” experiments in the Red Sea in the summer of 1963. It would also go on to be the watch of choice for military divers including the British Special Bot Service.Although this dive watch was specifically designed for professionals and underwater sports lovers alike, it soon enjoyed a wider fan-base. The strong masculine and rugged looks didn’t go unnoticed back then and it still is a real statement on the wrist. A watch with so much character.
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