Omega Seamaster Steel Subseconds

Omega Seamaster Steel Subseconds

During World War II, Omega shifted their efforts towards producing simple and reliable timepieces at large scale for various militaries. After the war, Omega resumed their production of consumer pieces with a new approach- the new post-war Omegas were notable for their clean, legible dials and stalwart movements, making them a popular choice for a sharp-looking everyday watch.

Of particular note in the post-war years was the introduction of the iconic Seamaster line in 1948, so named for its then-innovative waterproofing. Over time, the Seamaster name was applied to a variety of pieces with waterproof cases, from simple, time-only pieces like this one to full-fledged dive watches.

While vintage Omegas, and Seamasters in particular, have gained in popularity thanks to their affordable prices and classic looks, it has also made finding worthwhile examples a bit more difficult.

Vintage Seamasters come in a dizzying variety of configurations, but this example from around 1960 is a great testament to the enduring popularity of these Seamasters among new and experienced collectors alike. While many Seamasters measure 34mm or less, this example is fitted with a steel case measuring 35mm and sporting thick, faceted lugs, giving it a great presence on the wrist. The dial is clean and uncluttered, with elegant faceted hour markers, alpha hands, and subsidiary seconds at 6:00. Inside, this piece is powered by a hand-wound Omega Calibre 268, a derivative of the 30T2 movement that underpinned their aforementioned military efforts and became the cornerstone of their post-war renaissance.

Vintage Omega is hot right now and it's easy to see why- even after 50 years, the Seamaster's timeless design and elegant proportions make for a handsome and understated timepiece for any occassion.


Steel case is approximately 35mm (excluding crown). Omega Reference 14389-1. Omega Caliber 268 Hand-Wound Movement. Circa 1960s.

Overall Condition: Steel case is in good condition with sharp facets on the lugs. Case does have signs of use and wear in keeping with its age, including some scratches on the lugs and the sides of the case. Dial is in good condition with signs of age, particularly toward the center of the dial. Unsigned crown; signed Omega case back has some deep tool marks but is in otherwise good condition.

Includes one 18mm Hirsch black leather lizard strap.

SKU: TT01081

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