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Omega unveiled this execution of their already popular Seamaster line of automatics in 1954 at the Basel Fair. Considered ultra-thin at the time, the 35mm case rang in at just under 8mm thick, making it a true innovation for the era.
Produced in a variety of finished and lug designs, and driven by the stalwart 354 "bumper wind" automatic movement, this Seamaster became an instant classic, finding it's way onto the wrists of many gentlemen of the era.
Most notable among those who fell for the Calibre 354 Seamaster was Louis Armstrong, the legendary jazz man and band leader who donned the watch for numerous shows and concerts. A fancy lug gold execution of the watch was featured prominently on Armstrong's wrist on numerous albums covers from the era.
With a lovely silvered dial, Arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9 and 12 with accompanying radium plot, polished applied spike hour markers and luminous Dauphine hands, this perfectly appointed piece oozes cool and wears terrifically on the wrist. One look at it's sleek design will evoke images of smoky jazz clubs and the clink of chilled martini glasses.
This particular example is in lovely original condition and has aged gorgeously, the silver dial relaxing into a creamy champagne and the luminous material bearing a stunning evening patina. The yellow gold-filled stainless case is in excellent condition.
If Louis were here, he'd be singing too... unforgettable.
Steel yellow gold-filled case is approximately 35mm (excluding crown). Omega Ref. 354 Automatic movement. Circa 1955.
Overall Condition: Watch is in excellent condition over all, with only light marks consistent with age. No signs of over-polishing and no noteworthy blemished to gold capping. Original Omega dial has a lovely even patina and is extremely clean. Original gold Dauphine hands. Original Omega signed fluted gold crown. Unmarked stainless case back.
Includes one brown croc-pattern strap with gold hardware.