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Why We Love It
In our minds, there are few minimum requirements for a proper dress watch: svelte design, a solid movement, and minimal flourishes.
Featuring a gold-capped stainless case, silver sunburst dial, automatic movement, date function, and thin lugs, this beauty checks all the boxes. The best part about vintage Omega dress timepieces is their value proposition - they are beautiful and truly historic dress pieces available for a fraction of the price of similarly aged sports models, and are on the upswing!
If you're looking to round out your collection with a delightful vintage dress piece, look no further!
In the aftermath of World War II, Omega, the prolific Swiss manufacture that had poured most of its production efforts into military-grade wristwatches for pilots and officers, dusted itself off and dived headlong into producing consumer pieces once again. But unlike the pre-war years, Omega sought to build watches that could be worn in more everyday conditions, watches that could look good on the wrist while also standing up to the onslaught of travel, weather and daily use.
Many of the watches produced in the years immediately following the war were infused with the lessons that Omega had learned while producing reliable wristwatches for servicemen; they used stainless steel cases with simple, stalwart movements, kept dials uncluttered and legible and dotted them with radium for added visibility in low-light environs.
Even with these style notes coming right out the war-time guidebook, Omega took care to make their new consumer pieces beautiful, using yellow and pink gold as it once again became available, and introduced a variety of dressier executions. While the noteworthy Seamaster line was being driven largely by Omega's automatic movements, other pieces, like this one, were filled with simpler, durable manual-wind movements, making the the overall product more economically approachable to the average consumer.
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Yellow gold capped stainless steel case is approximately 34mm (excluding crown). Omega Reference 165.020. Automatic winding Calibre 552 movement. Circa 1964.
Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with moderate signs of use and wear consistent with age. Non-luminous silver sunburst dial is in very good condition with crisp printing. Gold handset is in similarly good condition. Signed crown.
Includes one brown leather strap.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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