You are likely to come accross the Omega Seamaster 30, if you are a Vintage Omega Seamaster collector. Moreover, Seamaster 30 is the first waterproof watch Omega launched in 1948.
The number 30 means that it is water-resistant to 30 meters. By co-incidence, the ’30’ also refers to the watch’s movement; because of this it has lead to much confusion over the derivation of the name. Generally speaking, the Vintage Seamaster 30 is the waterproof design built on the basis of dress watch DeVille.
Take a look at the Classic Omega Seamaster 30 in the video.
Omega Seamaster 30 – Vintage Omega Seamaster
While the Vintage Omega Seamaster range was launched in 1948, it was only introduced in 1962. In the mid 20 century, the 30mm hand-wound movements was extremely popular and was produced in huge quantity ending with Calibre 269. In 1961, the first Seamaster 30 Watch uses Calibre 286; The movement has 17 jewel with a 42 hour power reserve and sweep seconds.
Seamaster 30 features
All Omega Seamaster 30 watches have circular stainless steel cases, as well as a solid case-back with the hippocampus logo. The refined look of think hour indices and a clean undercoated dial is similar to other Omega dress watches – including Omega DeVille. In fact, Omega sport watches together with their dress watches has been using the Seamaster name for awhile. But eventually, Omega phases out the dressier Seamasters altogether.
Vintage Omega Seamaster gets trendier
The Omega took the Seamaster series took a trendier and sportier direction by the 1970s. On the whole, Omega Seamasters took on a practical and sport look, together with diver features, such as calibrated rotating bezels, higher depth ratings, chronographs functions, and high-visibility dials.
Usually, Omega Seamasters with black dials can fetch a higher price of more common models with silver dials. Military watch enthusiasts are drawn to rarer Omega Seamaster 30 which has railroad-style minutes tracks and a black dial. It is an original R.A.F issue Omega navigational watch, and only a small number of Seamaster 30 watches has similar dial.
In summary, the Omega Seamaster 30 offers solid value relative to design, movement, and brand heritage. The range of Vintage Seamasters varies, and it offers new and niche collectors interesting options.
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