Friday, April 18, 2014

Omega 1956 Olympic versus 2008

Times has changed. In the 1956 Olympic, Omega was able to use the Olympic cross of Merits crest at the back case.

Please read: 
http://lifestyle.etnet.com.hk/column/index.php/leisure/luxurywatch/10128

Of the 3 versions, my favourite is with the Olympic Cross of Merits on the dial..

Information from the net:



Vintage Omega constellation 166.004 with Onyx hour markers

This is a nice all original vintage Omega constellation with Onyx Hour Markers. The soft Omega beats bracelet makes it very comfortable to wear.

This model has a screw back case with the nice logo at the back..

With Onyx markers.






Thursday, April 17, 2014

Vintage Omega

My vintage Omega 300 has finally arrived from US. It took more then 15 days to arrive Hong Kong but the wait is worth. In addition, my various Omega have also returned from servicing except for the solid gold and a steel and gold black dial constellation. I have sold off a couple of spares vintage Seiko and streamline my collection to focus on building a small collection of vintage Omega limiting to the special Olympic series and Chronometers Constelaltion. I must say that these vintage Omega are better made then the present days one as the movements are more refined and has the unique pink bronze colour.

Given the rising prices of the vintage Rolexes, these vintage Omegas Re true values for money. The challenge is to look for only original dials (as many have been reconditioned or refurbished which will affect the resale prices)



Vintage Omega Seamaster 300 night shots

omega 300 under the UV light..



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Omega 1956 Olympic

This is the other version of Omega Olympic Seamaster from the year 1956



As this watch was formerly owned by Senator Roger C Peace,  I would like to dedicate this page to him...









Friday, April 11, 2014

Omega Seamaster XVI "Cross of Merit" 18k gold watch 1956

Omega Seamaster XVI "Cross of Merit" 18K Gold, 25th Year Official Timekeeping of Olympic Games
 
I have been extremely lucky to be able to find this rare omega Seamaster XVI with the Cross of Merit dial. Most of the Omega Seamaster XVI comes with the XVI wording and not the Cross of Merit dial, using the lacquered China techniques.

非常罕見的「海馬16」 OMEGA Seamaster XVI "瓷漆面黃金"版本,瓷漆面盤上的 "Cross of Merit" (金獅火炬五環徽章)圖騰浮雕,據說總數不到100只!「海馬16」是OMEGA為紀念自1932~1956連續25年擔任奧運官方計時廠商,所推出之紀念錶款。Omega Seamaster 1956 Olympic 的瓷漆面(lacquered china),是一種與其他錶款的瓷面、琺瑯面材料、作法均不同的面盤,具有一定厚度並呈半透明狀,非常優美但容易乾裂損壞。本錶是瑞士滑雪學校致贈奧運國家滑雪隊教練的,時間是1956年12月21日。

I have just collected my vintage Omega watch.

Summary:
■廠牌/款式(型號)/年份:OMEGA Seamaster Ref. 2850 SC, 1956
■機芯:自動上鏈 Cal. 471, 19石
■功能:時, 分, 小秒針, 中央計時秒針
■錶殼:18K金錶殼,壓入式底蓋,刻有奧運金獅火炬五環徽章,底蓋致贈銘文
■鏡面/錶盤:原裝米白色瓷漆(lacquered china)面盤、原裝奧運金獅火炬五環徽章立體浮雕;K金立體刻度、原裝指針
■錶徑(不含錶冠)/錶長/錶耳寬:35mm / 42mm / 18mm

As this watch was formerly owned by MR. Arnold Kach, I would like to dedicate this page to him for his contributions..







Omega 1956 Melbourne Olympic watch

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OMEGA Seamaster XVI is one of the most rare Omega watches among the vintage watch collectors. Many collectors know the Omega XVI with the XVI word on the dial, and with gold markers and cal 471.


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However, there is another much rarer version. The watch is a 1956 Yellow Gold Omega Seamaster Melbourne Olympics where the dial has the special Olympic logo. What are these produced ?

There are a few possible stories and one story goes that Omega made these watches with special Olympic Cross of Merits dials and started shipping them out to the dealers. However there was almost an immediate re-call as it transpired that they did not have permission to use the Olympic logo on the dial. So they were all pulled back and reissued with standard Omega XV1 dials. 

Another stories states that these were specially commissioned for those who has contribution towards but also as a celebration of the brand receiving the Olympic Cross of Merit at the previous event for ’Outstanding service to the world of sports’. Naturally, this watch had to be event that proudly displayed the award.
The third stories are that these were made for the Olympic participants or winners.

The 4th: – Celebrating the Olympic Cross of Merit

The timepiece created for the Melbourne 1956 Olympics Games marked not only OMEGA’s involvement in the Games, but also as a celebration of the brand receiving the Olympic Cross of Merit at the previous event for ’Outstanding service to the world of sports’. 



非常罕見的「海馬16」 OMEGA Seamaster XVI "瓷漆面黃金"版本,瓷漆面盤上的 "Cross of Merit" (金獅火炬五環徽章)圖騰浮雕,據說總數不到100只!「海馬16」是OMEGA為紀念自1932~1956連續25年擔任奧運官方計時廠商,所推出之紀念錶款。Omega Seamaster 1956 Olympic 的瓷漆面(lacquered china),是一種與其他錶款的瓷面、琺瑯面材料、作法均不同的面盤,具有一定厚度並呈半透明狀,非常優美但容易乾裂損壞。本錶是瑞士滑雪學校致贈奧運國家滑雪隊教練的,時間是1956年12月21日。


For those who is looking for this Omgea, be aware of fake Olympic watches as per below photos below