Affordable Vintage: 1970 Omega Seamaster Chronometer ref 166.010
The Omega Seamaster line of watches has a long and famous history. Starting in 1948 with the dress/sport model CK2518, to the famous expert CK2913 jumper, through different emphasess of dress/game and expert plunge models up to the incalculable current contributions. I won’t even endeavor a complete history, as that’s the stuff that foot stool books are made of. Notwithstanding, there is one more difficult to find model specifically that I am very partial to, and it is that one that we’ll talk about today: The 1970 Omega Seamaster Chronometer Officially Certified reference 166.010.
Over the many years, Omega made a few diverse dress/sport model varieties that incorporated the “Chronometer” assignment with accompanying chronometer appraised development. The vast majority of the 1950’s through 1970’s chronometers made by Omega were in the top end dress watch Constellation line, however they condescended to make a portion of their Seamasters with these better quality developments. The model examined today is housed in the reference 166.010 treated steel case. This case has a more exemplary “oyster” style to it, instead of the more commonly (and mainstream) Seamaster cases with the notable “beefy lugs”. The case gauges an ideal 36mm wide with 18mm carries. At this point, Omega had changed from the prior snap-on casebacks to a more bold screw in back, yet at the same time kept the exemplary seamonster logo embellished on the back.
The case finish is straightforward, with a wide cleaned bezel, and cleaned top and back, while the sides of the case have a decent vertical brushed completion. The crown is a basic knurled crown with the Omega logo, a takeoff from the exemplary clover leaf style crowns of the previous Seamasters. The gem is a pleasantly domed acrylic type, without the infuriating (IMHO) cyclops magnifier for the date. It has the decent dash of being endorsed in the underside with a little raised Omega logo. I simply love that little Omega symbol.
The dial is unadulterated, exemplary odd take on the cold, hard truth. A delightful silver with spiral brushed completion, steel implement markers with dark (onyx I accept) trims, and a basic outlined date window at three o’clock. It has the applied steel Omega logo beneath the twelve, alongside printed content: Omega, Automatic, Chronometer, Officially Certified. That may appear to be a great deal of text, yet it is sensibly little and fragile and done in a cool textual style; it’s truly not prominent by any means. Finally, there is the adapted Seamaster content over the six. Dauphine style hands with dark line trims balance the straightforward, exemplary and tasteful look. The solitary thing that would improve it as I would see it would be no date window, yet too bad I can’t have it all I assume. By and by, it is an ageless and downplayed plan that looks similarly as in 1970.
As with any chronometer variety, it’s the development that makes this model unique. This one is controlled by the 24 gem programmed Omega type 564 development. The chronometer grade developments were all the more finely changed, and this one is acclimated to five positions and temperatures. All the Omega developments of this time had their celebrated copper plating, giving them a truly decent rose gold-like look to them. Basically every Omega development I’ve at any point seen has a high clean completion, however this one is extraordinary. It has a matte completion to the copper plating, which is somewhat slick. Frankly, I’m not certain why there is a distinction, but rather I do like it.
The development beats at 19,800 BPH, with a solid force hold of 50 hours. During this time Omega was a genuine production, making their developments in-house. Later they moved to ETA based developments, which were still acceptable however inadequate with regards to the caché of in-house. A decent touch on this model is that the date has a genuine quickset component. The crown has two detents, the first is for setting the time, and in the event that you haul the crown out to the second detent it will propel the date one day. By tapping the crown between the first and second stops, the date can be rapidly and effortlessly progressed however many days depending on the situation. This is an incredible element for OCD authorities like me who are compelled to set the date each time I wear any watch. Since I have around 80 watches, some random watch may go weeks or months between time on the wrist, so it’s ideal to have the option to quickset the date as opposed to moving the hands to and fro somewhere in the range of nine and 12, as most vintage watches not made by Seiko.
This model would have initially come with either a calfskin tie with Omega marked clasp, or the celebrated Omega dabs of rice wristband. Mine appeared here has the arm band, which I simply love. The dots of rice is essentially the most comfortable arm band plan ever, and it looks executioner for sure. While a calfskin tie with marked clasp is unquestionably a dressier look, I think the globules of rice arm band completes this watch like nothing else. It is comfortable, simple to clean (not that anybody could possibly do move in the day…..), and effectively adjustable.
While vintage Seamasters are on eBay in large numbers on some random day, this model is entirely scant. You can locate the non-chronometer adaptation of a 166.010 all the more regularly however. I would say the non-chronometer adaptation in great condition could be found for around $500-750, while the chronometer variety may get upwards of $1200 relying upon condition and vender. The dabs of rice wristband will add around $200 what’s more. All things considered, compared to the expense of other in-house made Swiss dress watches of the time, these are a deal. This model is effectively one of my record-breaking top picks. With its exemplary plan, chronometer grade in-house development and amazing dress watch size, this Seamaster just can’t be beat.