We like to discuss vintage watches a ton inside the Fratello group. Where the every day schedule is to a great extent zeroed in on the latest advancements in the realm of watches, the most diversion for a considerable lot of us lies in the realm of vintage watches. It’s a world loaded with history, amazing watches, unbelievable stories, and idiosyncratic subtleties. It roused us to come up with a progression of articles zeroing in on the best watches each decade from a select gathering of brands. Some of them precious, some of them still reasonable. Be that as it may, every one of them are amazing watches. In this subsequent portion, we will investigate the best Omega watches from the 1950s.
The best Omega watches from the 1950s? What does that really mean? Consistently we attempt to come up with a little determination of extraordinary looks for a few reasons. Possibly they are the symbols, perhaps they are the moderate alternatives, perhaps they are in fact splendid, or perhaps they look astounding. It very well may be anything truly as long as they stick out. We’ll attempt to stir up things however much as could be expected and characterize a passage point watch, my favored decision, and we’ll finish off by the symbols where the cash is no object.
A decade that characterized Omega
The 1950s was the decade that formed Omega into the brand it has become today. Clearly, there is an extraordinary history before that. However, during the 1950s, Omega presented a progression of new models that molded the universe of watchmaking as far as we might be concerned today. Accordingly, it is difficult to overlook the notorious Omega set of three of the Speedmaster, Seamaster, and Railmaster for this rundown. Be that as it may, we as a whole know there is something else entirely to the brand. Particularly during the 1950s, as the set of three was presented in 1957. So let’s discover what some of Omega’s best watches from the 1950s are.
The section point — Omega Seamaster Calendar ref. 2627
Exploring the universe of Omega during the 1950s prompts discovering huge loads of various Omega Seamaster references. The Omega Seamaster was presented in 1948 and was motivated by the watches Omega provided the British Air Force with during World War II. The main Omega Seamaster was propelled by those watches and changed into the ideal watch for regular citizens. The explanation was more than legitimate. During the war, the Omega’s utilized by the British Air Force end up being truly significant to the British warriors. They were solid, water-safe, precise, simple to fix, and unimaginably hearty. It end up being the ideal elements for presenting the Omega Seamaster in 1948 for consumers.
Omega delivered a wide exhibit of references with various developments, dial executions, and materials in the years to follow. During the 1950s, we even saw Seamasters that looked practically indistinguishable from a portion of the Constellation models. It makes investigating vintage Seamasters and Constellations befuddling now and again, unfathomably tedious however, above all else, huge loads of fun. In the event that you are searching for a moderate route into the universe of vintage Omega watches, the Seamaster is your way in. My undisputed top choices from the 1950s are the models nearest to the 1948 firsts. I love the first Seamasters from 1948 (CK 2518 and CK 2577), and it’s likewise why I have a staggering weakness for the 2018 Anniversary Editions . Notwithstanding the questionable case back, the expanded 38mm makes it simpler to wear than a portion of the vintage pieces that are essentially smaller.
The first Seamaster with a calendar
The Omega Seamaster Calendar ref. 2627 is the primary Seamaster including a date sign and is an unobtrusive 35.3mm. The Seamaster Calendar ref. 2627 was presented in 1952 and accompanied a steel instance of a 14K gold-covered steel case. Afterward, Omega added 18K gold models also. Omega additionally presented an assortment of dial tones and dial executions. Our Fratello colleague Balazs claims a wonderful Seamaster ref. 2627 you see imagined. In his article about the watch, Balazs clarifies all the intricate details about the ref. 2627.
Despite Balazs’ watch being a flat out peach, I love the ref. 2627 stunningly better when it has a 3, 9, 12 dial with the date opening perfectly concealed at 6 o’clock. I like that dial format alluding to the 1948 firsts somewhat better. Inside the early forms of the Seamaster Calendar, you will discover Omega’s type 353. It’s an early (guard) programmed development with 17 gems, 42 hours of force hold that works at 19,800vph. Later forms of the Seamaster Calendar were controlled by Caliber 355, basically an updated variant of the Caliber 353. The early forms likewise highlighted a square date window, and Omega transformed it for the later forms to a trapezoid shape.
The Omega Seamaster Calendar ref. 2627 isn’t elusive. Costs vary extraordinarily dependent on the state of the piece. Costs for a steel model start at $400–600. One in perfect condition goes for 1K and over. In the event that you lean toward a gold one, hope to pay somewhere in the range of 1,5K to 3K for one in extraordinary condition. As expressed, the Seamaster Calendar is an incredible vintage watch and an ideal illustration of an Omega from the 1950s.
My Choice – Omega Constellation “Pie-Pan” dial
My decision for the best Omega from the 1950s is the Omega Constellation “Pie-Pan.” The Constellation was presented in 1952 as the perpetual programmed chronometer expansion to the assortment. The notable Geneva Observatory emblem with its eight stars is a demonstration of its chronometer exactness. The Constellation was a response to the extraordinary interest for the 1948 Omega Centenary that commemorated the 100th birthday celebration of Omega. Also, for quite a long time, the Constellation line was irrefutably the highest point of the bill in the Omega assortment. At the point when Omega was greater and more lofty than Rolex, this was the awesome generally renowned there was. I need to say, the gold Constellation models with a pie-container formed dial from the fifties sixties actually overflow splendor and class.
Omega Constellation pie-skillet are famous among gatherers, so there is a great deal of data out there, and they are genuinely simple to discover. In any case, I should say that exploring through the universe of vintage Constellations is a minefield. You will rapidly discover there are numerous models with various case materials, haul shapes, dial executions, and arm bands or ties. Also, in addition, you need to recall that these watches are 60-70 years of age so on numerous events parts have been supplanted. Becoming acquainted with your Constellation references is critical in finding the model you like and is likewise truly right. So getting your work done is really urgent. is as yet renowned among gatherers and an essential fortune of data on Constellations. Furthermore, Robert-Jan likewise composed an article on Omega Constellations clarifying the various components more in detail.
Which one to go for?
Choosing a most loved is hard and exceptionally close to home. By and by, I like the steel Constellation references 14395/14396 as they were the 37mm “Jumbo” models. Compared to the normal 34mm size of the Constellation cases, it’s a somewhat better counterpart for my 18mm wrist. Yet, this particular reference is elusive as they were generally sent to the far east. Furthermore, what’s more, could you truly appreciate a treated steel Constellation when you need to appreciate the best? I love a touch of gold, and a 34mm gold case ensures that it’s not very flashy. Okay, so the gold case, no date variant, with pointed stone hour markers, and the crosshair is a wonderful choice, as you can see on the left in the first picture.
The wizardry of the Constellation for me is in dials. The dial shapes, the hour markers, the dauphine hands, the applied logo, and the content on the dial. Particularly the Constellation phrasing! It’s genuinely a wonderful thing. Costs for Omega Constellations with pie-dish dials start at generally 1K – 1,5K for a steel or gold-covered model. In the event that you need one in incredible condition, hope to pay anyplace up to 3K. Presently, in the event that you need a gold one like a great many people would, it will be more costly. Costs start around 3K and go up rapidly relying upon the condition and the conceivable gold wristbands. In the event that you discover one with a gold lattice arm band or the notable gold Reinhor block wristband, you are perhaps taking a gander at 10K and up. In any case, what you receive consequently is basically shocking and why such countless gatherers love the Constellation pie-pan.
Money is no article #1 – Omega Seamaster 300 ref. CK 2913
As referenced in the introduction, the universe of Omega during the 1950s was characterized by the set of three of the Seamaster, Railmaster, and the Speedmaster in 1957. So it would be hard and basically idiotic to disregard them in elite of the watches that characterized the 1950s for Omega. We’ll kick things off with The Omega Seamaster 300 ref. CK2913. Albeit the Seamaster had been around since 1948, the Seamaster 300 was Omega’s first legitimate jumping watch that looked anything like the plunging looks as we probably are aware them today. At the point when the Seamaster 300 was first presented, it was greater than the watches in the ordinary Seamaster assortment. At 38.5mm, you could even say it was very huge compared to its brothers.
What I love about the Seamaster 300 ref. CK2913 is the quintessential Omega jumper for me. It’s the watch that began the tradition of Omega jumping watches. These days, we regularly mean the Seamaster Diver 300M when we talk about the Omega Seamaster jumper. While that watch is an example of overcoming adversity all alone, and I incredibly appreciate it, I essentially love the historical backdrop of the set of three and the plan of this CK2913 better. Furthermore, it’s why I like the momentum Seamaster 300 Co-Axial that was presented in 2014 more than the Seamaster 300M Diver. Furthermore, following 7 years, it will be acceptable to perceive what Omega comes up with as a substitution for it.
Eight diverse iterations
Omega created eight distinct variants of the CK2913 somewhere in the range of 1957 and 1961. All essentially alluded to as CK2913-1 to CK2913-8. They were controlled by the programmed Omega Caliber 501. Every one of them highlighted a matte dark dial with three-sided hour records with recessed radium plots and white Arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock. The principle contrasts between the eight adaptations are in the bezel and the hands. The initial two emphasess included commencement bezel embeds. The six emphasess that came after highlighted forward tally bezels. What I love is the thin profile of the bakelite bezel embeds. As they are produced using bakelite, it’s likewise the Achilles heel in finding a decent CK2913.
The initial three cycles of the CK2913 had an expansive bolt handset with a huge bolt on the hour hand, a sharp moment hand, and a straight seconds hand. The later 5 emphasess really highlighted a sharp hour hand and brief hand with a little bolt and a straight seconds hand. A variety to the straight seconds hand is the notorious candy hand that truly gives the watch an extraordinary visual twist.
Our Fratello proofreader Tomas possesses the Seamaster CK2913 you see envisioned. Look at his story since it is striking, just like the CK2913 he possesses. In the event that you might want to possess a vintage CK2913, anticipate a broad quest for one in great condition. Costs begin at somewhat more than 10K for a CK2913. In any case, in the event that you need one in great condition on the first wristband, hope to pay at any rate twofold that sum, which is a ton of cash however respectable considering its chronicled esteem and much less comparing it to other famous vintage watches from that era.
Money is no item #2 — Omega Railmaster ref. CK 2914
For me, the Omega Railmaster is perhaps the most misjudged vintage Omega watches. Not on the grounds that authorities don’t look for one. In actuality, its short creation time (1957-1963) makes it a much sought-after work of art. No, I mean as far as plan potential. As far as I might be concerned, the Railmaster could be Omega’s Explorer instead of the Milgauss. The Railmaster’s utilitarian antimagnetic properties made it a watch for a specialty crowd instead of a major crowd. In any case, the plan doubtlessly had a lot more noteworthy allure. Subsequent to seeing the first plan come back to life in the Railmaster 1957 Trilogy from 2017, I was reminded how notorious the first Railmaster configuration is. After sixty years, it is as applicable as could be expected. Particularly in a watch industry with a ton of spotlight on the past’s greats.
With the Seamaster for jumpers, the Speedmaster for race vehicle drivers, for a huge crowd, the Railmaster was continually going to be the most un-engaging of the three. The Railmaster CK2914 was showcased as the watch for researchers, professionals, and circuit repairmen in view of its antimagnetic properties. Individuals who worked near electric flows or solid attractive fields needn’t stress that their watch would not track time precisely. The Railmaster was a response to the Rolex Milgauss 6541 delivered in 1954 and IWC’s Ingenieur 666 delivered in 1955. It wound up being a watch utilized regularly by railroad specialists and military staff, and it’s why there are some incredible one of a kind vintage Railmasters around. Also, it’s those accounts that add to the Railmaster’s unimaginable appeal.
A instance of structure and function
The development of the CK2914 is the thing that makes the Railmaster special. To come up with an antimagnetic watch, Omega made a 38mm twofold built case that secures the development. The case development comprises of a Staybrite tempered steel external case and a MuMetal inward plate making a Faraday confine that ensures the development. In addition, Omega outfitted the Railmaster with a heavily clad hesalite precious stone and a 1mm thick dial. Subsequently, the Railmaster was supposed to have the option to oppose 1000 Gauss.
Omega made 6 standard cycles essentially known as CK2914-1 to CK2914-6, much the same as with the Seamaster. Three diverse manual winding Calibers were utilized during its six-year creation run. Omega began utilizing Caliber 284, trailed by the improved Calibers 285 and 286. Omega likewise delivered a wide range of dial arrangements. In addition, they utilized wide bolt hands, dauphine hands, implement hands, and leaf hands for the Railmaster. Furthermore, I’m not in any event, going into the assortment of exceptional Railmasters Omega delivered for railroad companies and military organizations.
It’s why it is fundamental to get your work done before you begin investigating purchasing a vintage Railmaster. Fortunately, there are extraordinary and a lot of authorities that know a ton about the one of a kind history of the Railmaster. Hope to pay somewhere in the range of 10k to 30K for a Railmaster, contingent upon its condition. Most vintage pieces come on a calfskin tie, as a large portion of the arm bands haven’t endure. However, on the off chance that the 2017 re-version showed us something, it’s that the first Railmaster with a wristband has similar notable force as its greater brothers.
Money is no article #3 – Omega Speedmaster ref. CK2915
This welcomes us to the keep going watch on this rundown: the Omega Speedmaster CK2915. It was just delivered from 1957 until 1959. It’s why it is amazingly uncommon, and discovering one in great condition with its unique parts, is practically incomprehensible. The first Speedmaster was presented as a watch for race vehicle drivers, sportspeople, and engineers who required a chronograph to time exercises during occasions. What I respect the most about the plan of the Speedmaster is that the Omega planners made a chronograph plan that was clear and intelligible so it could do the undertaking it was intended for impeccably. All the components become all-good perfectly. Not cut off hour markers, no sub-registers put on top of one another or put excessively far separated, no components becoming the overwhelming focus. This is the ideal useful chronograph plan for me.
Because of its short creation run, the creation numbers were low. In addition, not that many made due throughout the last 60+ years. As Robert-Jan expressed in a Speedy Tuesday article about the CK2915: Most of them likely wound up in a container in the quartz-period when they discovered their old Speedies required costly overhauling or repair. The repulsiveness! It’s why the CK2915 doesn’t show up frequently, and when it does, it regularly becomes the overwhelming focus, bringing as much as possible at one of the many watch barters. Furthermore, and, after its all said and done, you will see that parts have been supplanted over the long run because of the first proprietors wearing the watch. In another Speedy Tuesday article about a CK2915 going available to be purchased, Robert-Jan clarified the impacts of provenance on the situation with a CK2915 with gatherers and the value individuals will pay for it.
No more than 4,000 pieces
Omega created a gauge of 3,000 to 4,000 pieces and three cycles of the Speedmaster CK2915-1 to CK2915-3. While each of the three references are profoundly collectible, the first and second cycles are viewed as the first Speedmasters with their notorious Broad Arrow hands and steel bezel. The CK2915-3 can be viewed as a momentary model. The primary pieces created were practically indistinguishable from the 2915-2, however later pieces were fitted with a dark bezel and Alpha hands, making it appear to be unique from the first 2915-1 that was presented in 1957. Omega fitted the CK2915 with various variants of the dial, bezel, and case back. Contrasts in the dial and bezel can be found in slight contrasts in the lettering. The distinctions for the situation back can be found in the nonattendance or presence of the acclaimed Seahorse.
Inside the 38.6mm instance of the CK2915 is the notable Omega Caliber 321. The Caliber 321 was utilized for both Speedmaster and Seamaster chronographs and has become unbelievable among Speedmaster gatherers. The development was utilized from the CK2915 up to the main Speedmaster Professional references (105.012 and 145.012). On the off chance that you need a moderate recognition for the first CK2915, chase down the Speedmaster 60th Anniversary from 2017. It’s most likely the nearest you will get to claiming a CK2915. Since, supposing that you need the first, start by selling your home. Hope to see costs between 125K-250k relying upon the state of the watch. It’s a great deal of cash, however it’s additionally the most notable chronograph on the planet, with a heritage extending right to the Moon.
In this arrangement of articles, I can’t extend enough that you need to do your exploration in the event that you are hoping to purchase a vintage watch. On top of being urgent in not getting baffled with your buy, it is additionally loads of fun. Doing research and getting some answers concerning the watches you love is frequently the principal association you will make to a particular watch. Attempt to get your hands on Omega – A Journey Through Time and Moonwatch Only. Books on Omega with a great deal of valuable data. What’s more, reaching a vintage master will likewise assist significantly. It’s an extraordinary method to study a watch and become acquainted for certain astonishing individuals en route. One week from now, we will investigate the absolute best Breitling watches from the 1950s, so look out for that.
In the interim, let us know in the comment segment what your #1 Omega from the 1950s is.