Four Omega Watches in Horbiter's wish list
When we visited the Omega Museum last August we discovered, as reported in the first article on the Moon Saga (here), several historic models of the maison that were absolutely exceptional and that were not very well known to the public. Two weeks ago as we were all in the Antico Caffe Greco in Rome, the happy hunting ground of thinkers, philanthropists, artists and, from now on….watch lovers, we were looking at all the photographs of that fantastic trip over the summer and, faithfully guided by the Omega book, we decided to select four that we would like to see in a modern and limited edition.
Of course the selection process was by no means scientific but each one of the group illustrated the reasons for his (her...) particular choice and we put it to a vote. And here my dear friends is the Horbiter's selection.
N°4 – The OMEGA Seamaster Megaquartz 1000m 32kHz year 1974.
This Omega Seamaster has an imposing case, with a semi-embedded crown on the left, blue hours hand, oversized orange minute hand, white second hand with “lollypop” tail, steel bezel with, at 12 o'clock a red lacquered “Omega” logo. Simply unique (in the true sense of the word, since this was a prototype). We imagine it with a bezel in Liquidmetal, titanium grade 5 case and bracelet, red logo at 12 o’clock, lacquered, caliber 8500 and, why not, waterproof up to 4000m!
This Omega Seamaster Chrono vintage reference ST 145.0023 is an absolutely original watch and highly sought after by collectors the world over, both in its Anakin version and in the Darth Vader version, sporting a 44.5 x 51mm steel case, a mineral class, a bezel made out of tungsten carbide, with a steel wrist band, Omega clasp, and manual wind chronograph movement calibre 861. In its Darth Vader version this is truly the Dark Side of the Moon, don’t you think?
N° 2 – Omega Stopwatches.
Yes, this may at first seem to be a rather strange choice, but stopwatches appear to be coming back; in the beginning of the 1900s they were being made smaller and transformed into wrist watches (not always), but to have one today is the dream of many collectors. Moreover, if they’re stop watches made just for competitions, by a company that times Olympic events, that’s even better. It would be great to see them produced in a limited edition box, of the same colors as these unique samples.
N° 1 – Omega Chrono Lawrence of Arabia.
The chronograph worn by Lawrence did make number one in our classification simply because it has all the features required to make it a unique success: apart from the aura of mystery that is part of its historic attraction, just the fact that its movement and case have different serials, leading one to surmise an intentional personalization, what fascinates you is the case made of silver 925, a quadrant of overly large Arabic numerals and internal 24 hours disc, in red, chrono seconds totalizer at 9 o’clock and minute totalizer at 3 o’clock. And…last but not least, it’s a monopusher chrono. Simply unbeatable!
(Photo credit: Horbiter®; courtesy of Omega Watches; Google)
Gaetano C. @Horbiter®