Omega’s Ref 176.007 is likely the most easily recognizable of the 1040 family, with its characteristic barrel case with brushed sunburst finish from the crystal to the case edge, and was depicted in ads and catalogs every year from 1972 through 1976 with at least five different dials, to include the variant here.
The Calibre 1040 – a modified version of the Lemania Cal. 1340 – was the first automatic chronograph designed by Omega, and went on to be used in quite a few Omega chronographs of the era, notably to include the Mark III and the “Big Blue” Seamaster 120M. Omega produced the 1040 between 1970 and mid-1975
Omega's Seamaster line debuted in circa 1948, and its run continued up through 1967. James Bond has worn it in films since 1995; other famous Omega wearers, past and present, including John F. Kennedy, the UK’s Prince William, George Clooney, and Astronaut Buzz Aldrin – do we really need to note where Buzz wore his?
Speaking of Bond – the 176.007 may just be the first Omega to appear in a Bond movie, well before Omega’s official debut in 1996’s “Goldeneye”; in 1989’s “License to Kill,” what is clearly a 176.007 is worn by a villain scientist. Not to mention the last three digits in this ref are…007.
This Omega comes with an Omega bracelet, nylon NATO strap, springbar tool, and Pelican travel case.
1972 Omega Seamaster Ref. 176.007 Cal. 1040 Automatic
DIAL: Original Omega Seamaster-signed dial, with original hands. Please note the blue inner chapter ring - while original used on 176.007 variants - belongs to a different color dial 176.007 variant.
CASE: Original 38.5mm (w/o crown, 40.5mm with) x 42.5mm stainless steel case; Omega Seamaster hippocampus logo is faded, but present on caseback.
CRYSTAL: Flawless crystal, no imperfections.
BAND: Original stainless-steel Omega-signed bracelet - while not the correct bracelet for the 176.007, it appears original and features the number 166.0064; this bracelet will fit slightly over an eight inch wrist size. This Seamaster also comes with a dark blue and red nylon NATO strap, with stainless-steel hardware.
MOVEMENT: Original Omega Calibre 1040 automatic movement. This watch has received a full service, and the numerous watchmaker marks on the caseback bear witness to regular servicing throughout its life.
CROWN: Omega-signed stainless-steel crown.