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Omega debuted the Seamaster family – like this full serviced 1972 Seamaster Ref. 168.0061 chronometer here – in 1948 to celebrate the company’s Omega’s 100th anniversary loosely based upon designs made for the British Royal Navy near the end of World War II.  It was, in essence, a “splash-proof” dress watch – it now holds the honor of the longest running model since Omega’s founding in 1848.


Omega’s design of the first Seamaster, the 300, drew influence from older waterproof watches worn on the wrists of the British military during WWII.  However, what would initially distinguish the first Seamaster from its other predecessor watches from Omega competitors was its rubber O-ring gasket, which separated the dive watch from other lead or shellac gaskets which were more susceptible to temperature changes.  Instead, Omega’s rubber gasket prevented any water infiltration in severe temperature changes ranging between -40° C to 50° C.


In the 1950s, Omega engineers were so confident of the Seamaster’s durability, they attached one to the outside of an aircraft and flew it over the North Pole in 1956.  The Seamaster 300 performed so well, in fact, that Jacques Cousteau’s team used it during experimental dives in 1963 and beyond.


For the past 70+ years, Omega has produced a staggering array of Seamasters to suit a variety of needs; from solid gold dress watches to solid blocks of stainless steel used for dive watches, from soccer timers to world timers, the Seamaster has seen them all. 


While other watch companies have various watch lines to cater to different customers, the Seamaster is unique in its versatility - at one point or another, there has been a Seamaster for just about everyone.


This Seamaster Ref. 168.0061 comes with its signed stainless-steel 1036 beads of rice bracelet, nylon strap, springbar tool, and hard plastic travel case.

1972 Omega Seamaster Chronometer Ref. 168.0061 Automatic, w/Original Bracelet

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  • DIAL: Omega and Chronometer-signed silver "sunburst" dial, black writing on dial remains crisp and distinctive.  Onyx enamel-inlayed hands and markers remain in excellent condition.


    CASE: Stainless-steel case measures 35mm (w/o crown, 37mm with) x 43mm, with sharp caselines; signed caseback features a clear and defined Seamaster logo.  Smooth stainless-steel bezel is in excellent condition, with light signs of use.


    CRYSTAL: Flawless Omega-signed crystal, no cracks or imperfections.


    BAND: Original Omega-signed stainless-steel Seamaster 1036 beads of rice (BOR) bracelet, which fits up to a 7.75-inch wrist.  This Seamaster also comes with a black, red, and grey "James Bond" (naturally) nylon strap.


    MOVEMENT: An uncommon and original hi-beat 23 jewel Omega Calibre 1011 automatic mechanical movement, which beats at 28,800 bph.  We have performed a full service on this Seamaster chronometer.


    CROWN: Omega-signed stainless-steel crown.

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