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Why We Love It
There is something about a silver sector-dialed timepiece that gets the blood of every watch enthusiast pumping.
It might be the casually cluttered nature of the dial configuration with the added chapter ring and graduated scales, it could be the slightly 'sportified' nature of printed Arabic quadrant indices, or it could even be the subtle tonalities of silver that play against each other, adding a visual depth and allure that only a true enthusiast can explain.
This particular Omega 'Calatrava' dress watch dates to the late 1930s, and features the manually-wound Calibre 26.5 movement fitted in an oversized 37.5mm stainless snap back case. It harkens back to the last days of peace in Europe before the start of the Second World War, and wears its patina gracefully as an unmolested talisman of times past.
From its crisply printed stylized logo to its oversized subsidiary seconds register and blued steel handset, this is without question a very special watch for the discerning collector who understands the undeniable charm and character that it unapologetically offers.
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.
Though Omega is perhaps best-known for the sporty Speedmaster or Seamaster lines, the brand also released over the decades—quietly and without much fanfare—dress watches with designs simple enough to catch the eye of any purist.
Stainless steel case is approximately 37.5mm (excluding the crown). Calibre 26.5 manual-winding movement by Omega. Circa 1939.
Overall Condition: The case is in very good condition overall showing light wear consistent with age and use. Non-luminous silver sector black dial shows patina throughout with some staining and faint scratching. Wear is present along upper edge. Blued steel handset. Unsigned crown.
Includes 20mm blue leather strap with steel pin buckle.
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.
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