There is something about the early vintage Omega Seamasters that truly embodies the golden era of dive watches of the 1960-1970's. Omega has a long history and heritage in dive watches, which dates back to the 1930s. The seahorse adorned case back of the Seamaster series pays tribute to Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. The seahorse logo was conceived by engraver Jean-Pierre Borle. He was inspired by an image of Neptune driving a chariot pulled by seahorses, which is why the Omega seahorses are depicted wearing bridles.
The Reference 165.024 has a specific feeling and look that centers it as one of the most desirable vintage Omega diving watches ever produced by the brand. From the bi-directional ratcheting bezel, luminous bezel insert, the high visibility dial, and overall larger size for a watch of its time period allowing it to remain relevant to today's sizing trends. The Seamaster 300 references are becoming harder and harder to find as collectors have begun to hold on to them due to their retaining value and collectibility over time.
Antique Calfskin Watch Strap (Desert)
CASE & BRACELET
The previously lightly polished case remains very thick, showing little wear. The original bakelite "flat 1" bezel is in stunning condition, showing no cracking and very light wear. The crown appears to have been replaced at some point with a later era service crown.
DIAL & HANDS
The gorgeous matte dial is in excellent vintage condition. The lume plots have aged to a unique dark green coloration. The original tritium lume is reminiscent when inspected under U.V. light, but most has worn off the lume plots over time. The original and period correct hour and minute hands have been relumed with tritium to match the dial, the sweep seconds hand retains its original lume. The pinhole at the 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock positions is visible when viewed under a loupe.
None. The watch is keeping time accurately but the extended service history is unknown.