Omega 9K Automatic 1958 Explorer

£1,925

100% Genuine & All Original

Fully Restored, Serviced and Guaranteed

9ct Gold Omega Two Tone Dial Automatic

Large 35mm 9ct Solid Yellow Gold Omega Swiss Made Case

Very High Grade Cal.501, 20 Jewels Movement in Sparkling Condition

Classic 1950’s Top of the Range Omega in Immaculate & Simply Beautiful Condition

New High Quality ‘Croc’ Leather Strap & Omega Gold Plated Buckle

Supplied with the Original Omega Vintage Omega Box

VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty*

VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee

14 Day UK and International No Quibble Sale or Return

Free UK Next Day Signed for Insured Delivery

Overseas FedEx £45

VGW Reference: Om479
Sold 22nd March '18
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Omega Watches

Since the company was founded in 1848, Omega has pioneered a huge range of innovations. Britain’s Royal Flying Corps chose Omega watches in 1917 as official timekeepers for its pilots and again in 1940, RAF Pilots watches were supplied by Omega. The 40s also saw the first tourbillon wristwatch and the first of the famous Seamaster watches, whilst the 50s and 60s introduced the legendary Constellation, Speedmaster, Seamaster 300 and Railmaster. Over these years, everyone from John F Kennedy to Elvis wore Omega watches on official duties. What’s more, in 1962, astronaut Wally Schirra took his Omega Speedmaster to space on NASA’s Mercury Sigma 7 mission, and in 1969 two Omega Speedmasters landed on the moon, worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Description

Here we have a fully restored Omega Automatic dress watch from 1958, in 9ct gold and in tip top condition. The watch features a most attractive slightly off-white 3, 6, 9 Explorer-type dial, which is beautifully balanced and elegant. The watch case is a good size at 35mm, excluding the Omega signed crown. This watch also has a very high-grade HIGHLY ACCURATE Cal.501 movement (see below), which along with the rest of this beautiful watch is in pristine sparkling condition!

The Dial

The 3 – 6 – 9 dial is often referred to as the Explorer-type dial. It is a classic design of the period, one of our favourites and very popular. Here it has a wonderful sense of balance, style and elegance. Applied gilt numerals and arrowhead hour indices on a slightly off-white dial are matched with original ‘Leaf’ hands and a centre sweep seconds hand, all in beautifully restored condition. The dial is signed with raised gilt and the Omega brand, ‘Omega Automatic’ and ‘Swiss Made’ at the very bottom of the dial. This is the original dial, which has been restored to the very highest standards by the best dial restorer in the UK.

The Case

The original high grade, 9ct yellow gold 3 piece press-fit case indicate this watch has only seen light and very careful use. The lines and edges are all crisp and well defined. There are no signs of damage and no scratches, dings or other blemishes visible to the naked eye. The case-back is also in beautiful condition and has never been inscribed. This is a British market watch case,  made by Dennison in England for Omega. Dennison was a large top quality watch case manufacturer based in Birmingham UK which made watch cases for many Swiss watch manufacturers including Rolex, Jaeger-LeCoutre, Longines etc.

The case measures a large 35mm diameter, not including the Omega signed crown.  Inside the case back bears the Omega Watch Co. triangle branding and Made In England and Birmingham 18ct .750 hallmarks. It also carries the Omega reference number 922 and case serial number 28155.

The Movement

As can be seen, the original Omega high-grade Cal.501 20 Jewels, copper-tone bumper automatic movement is totally pristine. These watch movements are very accurate and reliable, making this watch perfectly suitable for everyday use. The movement is signed Omega Watch Co. Swiss, Twenty 20 Jewels with the serial number 16505613 which dates manufacture to 1958. The movement winds, runs & sets smoothly and is working perfectly and keeping excellent time.

These high grade Cal.501 movements are very highly regarded for their accuracy and reliability. This watch has just been fully overhauled and serviced by our watchmaker and is calibrated to run arrow straight within +1 second / day! THIS IS NO EXAGGERATION. This is outstanding for any watch and amazing for a watch of this age. This movement also has a 46 hour power reserve when fully wound. The automatic winding mechanism is very efficient and if worn regularly each day this watch will never need winding.

This Omega is offered with 12 months on the movement warranty*.

*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only included if the list price is paid.

The Strap and Buckle

The strap fitted is a high quality Dark Brown Crocodile Skin strap with an Omega gold plated buckle.  Please note if a different colour or style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to oblige free of charge. We carry tan, conker, dark brown and black in stock and in plain padded leather, or crocodile skin or lizard skin. Please do let us know if you have unusually large or small wrists, to enable us to match the strap accordingly.

The Box and Papers

Although there are no original papers with this watch, the numbers and markings on the watch are all correct, dating the watch to 1958. Please note although the watch dates to 1958 by the movement serial number, the hallmarks on the watch case date the case to 1960. The is quite normal when the movement was made by Omega in Switzerland and the case was made in the UK so we feel the watch could legitimately be dated 1958, 1959 or 1960. A detailed written receipt with a 12-month warranty* and a separate insurance valuation for the replacement value will be provided at the time of sale.  This watch comes with its vintage presentation box as shown, included in the sale.

In Conclusion

Here we have a most attractive and highly individual vintage watch from one of the most collectible and highly regarded vintage watch brands. This watch will make an excellent financial investment as well as be something to treasure and enjoy! It is completely practical for use as an everyday watch and as long as it is well looked after and serviced every 2-3 years, it will last another lifetime. It carries a great deal more style, individuality and panache than a new watch and to buy a watch of the same quality today would cost at least three times the price of this.

However, you may wish to view this, as each year goes by and the world market for fine vintage gold watches grows even larger, the limited supply and high demand means prices will inevitably climb even higher!

A word on our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before then restoring them to the highest possible standards. We then offer these at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post sales care and service. This approach means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are some well-known stores in West London which are highly successful charging between two to three times the price you see here. We, therefore, consider our prices to be fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.

We are happy to accept payment via PayPal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you would like to pay by UK cheque or by bank transfer, we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving to you.

If you have any questions please call on Landline 0207 727 7095 or Mobile 07515 949250 or if calling from overseas on Landline +44 207 727 7095 or Mobile +44 7515 949250.

Please note we welcome part exchanges.

Please take a look at our other vintage gold watches.

Thank you.