Followers of Analog/Shift know we have a tremendous appreciation for the under-sung models in Omega's vintage portfolio. The Seamaster line has been with us for 70 years and includes a multitude of desirable references, from slim-line dress models to professional grade divers.
While most Omega enthusiasts associate chronograph functionality with their Speedmaster line, there were also a series of Seamaster chronographs produced alongside. While less valuable on today's market, several references offer considerable value proposition, alongside tremendous design and horological chops.
Case in point: The Reference 14364-1 we have here. Dating to approximately 1960, this lovely Seamaster chronograph houses the iconic Calibre .321 column-wheel chronograph movement fit into its 35mm steel beveled-lug case. Its cream tone dial has remained in remarkably great condition and features 'dart' style hour markers alongside applied Arabic quadrant indices - the latter of which are cut off where they meet the subsidiary registers at 3, 6, and 9:00. With richly patinated luminous plots, applied Omega logo, arrow-shaped sub-register hands and ultra-desirable 'Alpha' style hands, this beautiful chronograph is not only a rare bird, but a really, really good looking one at that!
And with its .321 Calibre heart, there's even more to it than meets the eye.
The Seamaster debuted in 1948, and has its roots in watches Omega supplied to the RAF during the Second World War. These robust and waterproof watches proved so popular—and so effective—that Omega was inspired to release a line intended for civilian use. By the 1950s the line had expanded to encompassed both purpose-driven dive watches (such as the Omega Seamaster 300) and chronographs.
Aficionados of vintage Omega chronographs already know the Omega Speedmaster. The history, the lore, the fact that it went to the moon. Its reputation is such that Omega's chronograph offerings in its other lines are often overlooked--undeservedly, because while these other chronographs might not have the reputation of the Speedmaster, they are just as thoughtfully-crafted and deserving of attention as their more famous cousin.
Like the Speedmaster, the Seamaster chronographs utilized Albert Piguet’s famous Calibre .321 movement, widely regarded as one of the finest manually-wound chronograph movements in the world.
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