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Why We Love It
Quality straight lug Omega Seamaster 300s are rare.
The Seamaster 300 we have here is a reference 165.014, and represents the end of the line for the first generation straight-lug Seamaster 300s that started with the original 'Trilogy' Seamaster of 1957 (The CK 2913).
Omega began modifying the Seamaster 300 constantly in its earlier years, with evolutionary cosmetic tweaks and new sub-references appearing virtually every year. Combined with the batch manufacturing practices of the era, there are a variety of configurations and subtle changes for contemporary collectors to hone in on.
This example features a 'sword hand' variant more commonly seen on later twisted lug models, but is acceptable and correct for the serial range of the model. These oversized hands add a lot of character to the overall design, and combined with deep patination to its luminescent elements, brings a warmth and authenticity that will surely bring a smile to any collector's face.
For lovers of the original Trilogy models, this 165.014 the last OG - and a must have!
Omega is no stranger to producing waterproof wristwatches. In 1932 the brand released the Omega Marine, which was worn by the father of the Aqua-Lung, Yves le Prieur, and descended to a depth of 14 meters with underwater explorer William Beebe in 1936.
It wasn't until the 1950s that diving would become a global phenomenon, and with it, the need for a new, reliable watch for professional and amateur divers alike. Early interest in the sport, rooted in the widespread fame of pioneers like Jacques Yves Cousteau was fueled by the exploits of adventurers, oceanographers and aquanauts like Jacques Piccard, Don Walsh and Robert Sténuit.
Omega went back to the drawing board and created a new watch in the hopes of competing with long-time rival Rolex for a place among divers. The new watch was released in 1957 and dubbed the Seamaster, alongside Omega's two other offerings from the same year, the Speedmaster and Railmaster- all three of them icons in their own right to this day.
While the Seamaster collection of waterproof watches had been in production since the 1940s, the Seamaster 300 released in 1957, the Reference CK 2913, was a turning point for the line, and in turn, Omega. Finally, they had created a robust, reliable diver with mass appeal. The 165.014-64 is the last of that 2913 lineage before the equally iconic curved lug Seamaster was introduced.
Stainless steel case is approximately 38mm (excluding crown). Reference 165.014-65. Omega Calibre 552 Automatic Winding Movement
Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with signs of wear consistent with age. Genuine Omega factory acrylic bezel. Luminous matte black dial is in very good condition with a deep, even patination across the radium luminescent elements. Luminous handset shows matching patination. Signed crown.
Includes one 20mm black leather strap with steel pin buckle.
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We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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