Omega Meister Seamaster Cal.552 Gold & Steel 1969
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Inspected, Serviced & Guaranteed
A Carefully Owned & Lightly Used Example
Good Sized 34.5mm Case, Excluding the Omega Crown
A Beautifully Restored, Silver-White Double Signed Dial
Large Size 34.5mm Yellow Gold and Steel Watch Case
High Grade Cal.552, 24 Jewel Automatic Movement in Sparkling Condition
All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition
Brown Omega ‘Croc’ Strap & Gold Plated Omega Buckle
Matching Vintage Omega Presentation Box, as Shown
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included
Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery
Free UK Special Delivery
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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 1940s also saw the first tourbillon wristwatch and the first of the famous Seamaster watches, whilst the 1950s 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.
The Omega Seamaster was first released in 1948 and has been a cornerstone of the Omega collection in continuous production to this very day. The Seamaster was initially introduced as a sporty dress watch, however due to its popularity and success, diver versions were later introduced in the 1970s. The Seamaster Ploprof for example, was used by Jacques Cousteau in a series of experimental dives to depths of around 500 metres.
Here we have a fully restored Omega Seamaster Automatic from 1969 in wonderful condition. The watch is a good size at 34.5mm, excluding the Omega signed crown and features the classic silver-white 1960s Omega ‘baton’ dial which is beautifully elegant and well balanced. This watch also has a very high-grade, highly accurate Cal.552, 24 Jewel movement, which along with the rest of this beautiful watch, is in pristine condition.
The style here is classic 1960s Omega, comprising of a silver-white dial with applied ‘baton’ hour indices, matched with original classic ‘Dauphine’ hands. The dial carries an applied gilt Omega brand and is signed ‘Omega’, with ‘Meister’ and ‘Seamaster’ in the lower part of the dial and ‘Swiss Made’ at the very bottom below the ‘6’.
This watch was originally retailed by Meister, a world-famous jeweller based in Zurich and established in 1881. During the 1950s and ’60s, Omega, along with one or two other brands, occasionally allowed its dials to be jointly signed by both Omega and a prestigious retailer and such is the case here. The double-signed dial obviously makes this a much rarer watch, and slightly raises its value over a similar non-Meister signed Omega Seamaster.
The dial catches the light beautifully, as we have tried to demonstrate in the photographs, however it looks much better face to face in real life.
A new correct Omega signed original replacement lens has been fitted as part of the restoration.
This is the original dial which has been restored to the highest standards by our dial restorers, who are considered the best in the UK.
The Omega Cal.552, 24 Jewel automatic movement fitted to this watch was one of Omega’s most successful movements, remaining in production for almost 20 years.
The Omega Cal.552 movement is very highly regarded for its accuracy and reliability, making this watch perfectly suited for everyday use as well as evening wear. The movement is in tip-top condition having been overhauled and serviced by our vintage Omega specialist watchmaker. This means it has been completely disassembled to all its component parts, carefully inspected under high magnification, replacement where necessary with only genuine Omega parts before careful reassembly and adjustment and calibration. The watch winds, sets and runs perfectly accurately and reliably within +4 seconds per day, averaged over 5 positions which is excellent for any watch of this age and has been confirmed on our electronic watch timegrapher. The movement also has an excellent 52-hour power reserve when fully wound. We are therefore more than confident in offering 12 months’ warranty with this watch movement*.
The movement is correctly signed ‘Omega Watch Co.’ ‘Swiss’, and carries the Calibre 552, along with the serial number 27131364 which dates this watch to 1969.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the list price is paid.
The solid yellow gold and steel watch case measures 34.5mm in diameter, excluding the original signed Omega winding crown, so this would have been a large-sized gentleman’s watch during the 1960s.
This watch case is totally immaculate with no scratches, dings or other blemishes visible to the naked eye. The rear of the screw-down case-back is the Seamaster relief, which is in very sharp and crisp condition. This, along with the superb condition of the rest of the watch case, indicates this watch has received an excellent level of care and only light use.
Inside the case-back all is correct and as expected, signed with the Omega Watch Co. triangle branding. The case-back also carries the model reference number 166.020.
The bezel and lugs of this two-piece case are made of 18ct gold whereas the case back is made of steel. Two-piece cases are by their very nature, much more resistant to dust, water and moisture, than a traditional three piece watch case. While all the rubber seals have been replaced, the watch has not been tested for water resistance and this is not guaranteed.
As ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The Strap & Buckle
A new brown Omega ‘Croc’ strap has been fitted, along with a gold plated Omega buckle. If, however, 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 in plain padded leather, crocodile skin or lizard skin. We can also obtain most types and colours at short notice.
Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with this watch, all the numbers and markings on the watch are correct, dating the watch to 1969.
Our detailed Particulars document will be included in the sale, along with our detailed receipt and 12 months warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will also be provided at the time of sale, along with our unique ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If at any time, this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, Vintage Gold Watches of London will offer you a full refund at any time”.
The presentation box shown in the photographs will be included with this watch. However, if this is not required, we will be able to reduce the price of the watch by quite a few £s. Please enquire.
This is a superb example of the iconic Omega Seamaster automatic watch with the Calibre 552 movement which is of a very high grade and on a par with watches far more expensive than this. Indeed when new, this watch would have cost more than the equivalent Rolex. Omega Seamaster watches are highly collectable and the rarity of this watch means the value will always remain strong.
This watch will also make an excellent investment and family heirloom piece. Even though vintage Omega prices have risen markedly recently, we feel fine examples such as this still remain undervalued. As each year goes by and the world market for vintage watches expands, availability will become more limited, so prices are surely destined to climb ever higher!
A word about our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before 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 inevitably means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are a number of well-known stores in West London which are very 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 PayPal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you would wish to pay by bank transfer, we will be pleased to pass on a 3% transaction saving to you. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or International Bank Wire Transfer, we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.
Please note, we welcome part exchanges and if you have a watch, or small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss.
We will be happy to Service your watch, Repair your watch or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.
If you have any questions, please call us on 020 7727 7095 or if calling from overseas on +44 207 727 7095.
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