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During World War II, Omega shifted their efforts towards producing simple and reliable timepieces on a large scale for various militaries. But after the war, Omega resumed its production of consumer pieces with a new approach - the new post-war Omegas were notable for their clean, legible dials and stalwart movements, making them a popular choice for a sharp-looking everyday watch.
While the post-war years are remarkable for the introduction of the iconic Seamaster line in 1948, Omega also built a variety of what they called “Collection” watches. As automatics were becoming the norm, these pieces were powered by simpler but no less durable hand-wound movements, and often featured the very same cases and dials as their Seamaster cousins, making them more economically approachable - then and now.
Vintage Omegas have gained in popularity thanks to their affordable prices and classic looks, but this new allure has also made finding worthwhile examples a bit more difficult. This Omega Ref. 14391-1 dates to the late 1950’s and makes no qualms about its age. The once champagne-colored dial has developed a tremendous, deep orange patina over the years, giving it a distinctive character on the wrist. Powered by Omega’s Cal. 283 movement- a legend in its own right- and packed in a nicely sized 34mm steel case, this piece is a fantastic addition to any collection.
Stainless steel case is 34mm (excluding the crown). Omega Cal. 283. Circa 1959
Overall Condition: Case is in good cosmetic condition with even wear from age and use. Champagne dial has taken on a deep orange patina from age and shows light cracks on the right side. Gold tone dauphine hands have darkened with age. Unsigned snap on stainless steel caseback and Omega signed crown.
Includes one 18mm analog/shift Highland Strap and two 18mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.