The 30-second summary.
Omega Seamasters are slightly more sportier offerings from their vintage line, featuring thicker cases and a more simplistic dial design that focuses more on functionality. What you see here is a great example of a timepiece you can wear for allthe great moments in life.
What's so special about the watch?
There's always something nice to be said about a well-preserved vintage Seamaster. This guy has been kept well, its edges sharp and functions good through the years. It's like something a grandfather passes down to your dad and now it's finally time for you to own it - a simple, no-frills dial in a gold-capped case and a nice automatic beating underneath. It sits well as a daily wear, the gold and obelisk indices allowing it to appear in dressier occasions with the help of a strap change.
What are the functions of the watch?
Let me tell you about the case...
Collectors of Omega Seamasters will be familiar with this 'fat lugs' variant. This case features a hefty set of lugs that curve down towards for a snug fit, and gives it a good weight on the wrist that vintage Omega collectors appreciate.
As mentioned, the case on this watch is virtually untouched, the edges sharp and the thin layer of yellow gold capped on in very good condition. This is also consistent in the condition of the case back, where the 'Seamaster' and 'Waterproof' stamps are still nice and deep; these are usually faded due to wear and polishing.
These case variats also come with my favourite kind of Omega crowns - a vague clover shape with deep trenches cut into the sides, the logo nice and clean in the middle.
And now the dial...
A matte dial requires skill to utilise - unlike gloss and sun burst dials where you can use reflections and a nice effect to distract from the crude work, vintage watches with a matte dial have a certain level of respect from me in that they present themselves with little room for error.
That said, the printing on this dial is precise and fine - take a look in and you'll see the clear serif on the printed text and minute markers. Yes, the minute markers are in serif.
Without much else to distinguish the dial, the applied obelisk indices and Omega logo are all that shines. The watch does a nice job of distinguishing the everyday from the dressy - testament to the Seamaster line's flexiblity.
The dial on this example is of an off-white - clean and lightly aged with very fine specks of patina peppered across.
Let's not forget the hands...
In the same hue of gold as the indices and logo, the dagger hour and minute hands are complemented by a polished sweeping seconds of the same shade. Many questionable Seamasters will present themselves with poorer quality, colored sweep hands, so do take note.
"Drawers" - 1956 Omega Seamaster Cal. 501 Automatic
- Hour, minute and central sweeping seconds hands
- Matte off-white dial with printed text
- 33mm gold-capped stainless steel case
- 40mm lug-to-lug
- 18mm lug width
- Omega Cal. 501 automatic rotor movement @ 19,800
- Acrylic crystal
- Brown aftermarket leather strap e
This is a vintage timepiece. Please expect signs of ageing and wear. Watch is checked to be in working condition when shipped. International sales are final; buyers are advised to ask all questions before purchase. Accuracy of watch cannot be guaranteed and there might be unexpected issues due to its age; servicing is recommended for practical everyday use.
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