Omega Seamaster 300 (Ref. 165.024) WatchCo "Fauxtina" W/ Build Certificate
There is something about the early vintage Omega Seamasters that truly embodies the golden era of dive watches of the 1960s-1970s. Omega has a long history and heritage in dive watches, which date 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.
So what's a WatchCo Omega Seamaster 300?? Well, imagine you found a surplus of Omega service parts, and you could essentially build a watch from those parts... That's exactly what a WatchCo Omega Seamaster 300 is! WatchCo was an Omega authorized service center in Australia. They aren't anymore but still have a supply of parts for omega watches including cases, bezels, dials, and hands. WatchCo is known for assembling 1960s style Seamaster 300s from a stock of genuine Omega service parts. The watches are assembled using a vintage movement that is sourced to power the watch. The WatchCo 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. 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 while quite literally being new old stock. The WatchCo Seamaster 300's will pass pressure tests and can actually be used for diving if you wish. The price point compared to the vintage examples is also quite affordable for a watch that you can use as a daily driver suitable for pretty much anything you can throw at it.
This particular Omega Seamaster 300 WatchCo was originally built by Lewis Watch Co in Perth, Australia who is an authorized Omega Service Center and is the service center that performed the "Fauxtina" modification on of the luminova luminous material to provide the watch with a vintage aesthetic similar to a vintage Omega Seamaster 300 we'd see from the 1960s.
|Dial||Matte Black Luminova Dial "Fauxtina"|
|Bracelet||Omega 117/1 Bracelet W/ 633 End Pieces|
The unpolished twisted lug case is in exceptional condition, displaying almost no signs of use. The original luminova bezel has been artificially aged to match the vintage aesthetic of the dial lume and is in exceptional condition. The case back remains unpolished like the case, retaining its factory engravings in deep and crisp condition. The Omega 1171 bracelet with 633 end pieces is in superb condition and has 22 links that show almost no stretch from use.
The matte black luminova dial and luminova hands have been artificially aged for a vintage aesthetic while retaining the modern functionality of luminova lume. Both the dial hand hands are in flawless condition.
The watch comes with its original build certificate from Lewis Watch Co when it was assembled and modified in 2017. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty of accurate timekeeping.