1959 Omega Seamaster with very Rare dial 'Ranchero/Explorer' - Ref. 2990-1
A fine and rare Omega Seamaster with a 'Ranchero/Explorer' design dial
WHY IS THIS WATCH SPECIAL
This Omega Seamaster bears a very striking resemblance to the Omega Ranchero, but this is a Seamaster with a rarely seen “Explorer” style dial.
The first Omega Seamaster was modeled after the waterproof wristwatches made for and worn by the British military during World War II. This particular example has the pre-seahorse caseback and a very rare black 'Ranchero' alike, original dial. The well preserved case houses the high quality 267 Omega caliber, based on the famous 30T2 but improved with a Breguet hairspring, a ring instead a screw balance and a shock protection. The difference between the Breguet spring and the regular hairspring is that it is concentric, meaning that the power stored and released as the spring opens and closes (while the balance turns from side to side) stays centered. The layout of the spring is in two levels, hence the term overcoil.
A wristwatch will experience any thinkable position while in use, and gravity will have much more impact on the hairspring if the force and weight of it moves off center all the time, in eccentric motions.
Omega's rich history begins with its founder, Louis Brandt, who established the firm in 1848 in La Chaux de Fonds. In 1903, the company changed it's name to Omega, becoming the only watch brand in history to have been named after one its own movements. A full-fledged manufacturer of highly accurate, affordable and reliable watches, its sterling reputation enabled them to be chosen as the first watch company to time the Olympic Games beginning in 1932. Its continued focus on precision and reliability ultimately led their Speedmaster chronograph to be chosen by the NASA in 1965, the first watch worn on the moon.
The first Omega Seamaster was modeled after the waterproof wristwatches made for and worn by the British military during World War II. What distinguished the Seamaster from its diving watch predecessors was its O-ring gasket which improved its water-resistance. Previously water-resistant watches relied on lead or shellac gaskets which were easily affected by temperature changes like those a diver would experience at various depths. Omega turned to the submarines used during WWII for inspiration and included a resilient rubber gasket in the Seamaster’s final design. This new case remained intact at depths up to 60 meters and temperature ranges between -40 degrees and 50 degrees Celsius.
Omega engineers was 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 was a watch for customers who wanted something for town, sea and country and took inspiration from the watches Omega produced for the British military in World War II. These 'watch wristlet waterproof' or w.w.w watches were more utilitarian in design than the first Seamasters but the basic elements remained the same: Solid case construction, legible dials and a world class movement inside. The tradition of Seamaster dress watches continued throughout the 1940s all the way to present day.
The Omega Seamaster received a major boon when it was selected as the James Bond watch. Although James Bond’s author Ian Flemming included a Rolex watch in his novel and even wore a Rolex himself, Omega pushed Rolex out of the film as the costume designer noted Omega was more historically relevant to the British Royal Navy and, in turn, the James Bond character. Therefore, Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond wore an Omega Quartz Seamaster Professional 300 in the film Golden Eye in 1995. For the next three Bond films, Brosnan sported the Omega Seamaster Automatic Chronometer in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002).
When actor Daniel Craig was cast as the next James Bond for 2006's Casino Royale, he wore an Omega Seamaster. Craig donned a Seamaster again for Quantum of Solace (2008) and a Seamaster for Skyfall (2012). In celebration of the 24th Bond film, Spectre (2015), and a 20 year-long partnership with the Bond franchise, Omega released the special edition Seamaster Spectre which harkened back to the original Bond Seamaster.
- Maker: Omega
- Model: Seamaster
- Reference: 2990-1
- Year: 1959
- Material: Stainless steel
- Dimentions (WxHxT): 36x44x9,5mm
- Caliber: In House Omega 267
- Bracelet/Strap: Black leather
- Lug width: 18mm
- Box/Papers: Original 1959 Omega box
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
This watch is in very good condition for its age. The case is well preserved and unrepolished with some normal use light scratches, the original black looks great. The patina of the dial and the hands lume is absolutely perfect. This is a fine and rare classic vintage timepiece, elegant and sporty, with a presence on the wrist, perfect for everyday wear. The watch comes with its original Omega box.