When you think of Omega, no doubt the sporty Speedmaster and the Seamaster Professional lines come to mind - and rightfully so. Of course those knowledgable about horological history know that Omega has been releasing - quietly and without much fanfare - understated dress pieces distinctive enough to catch the eye of any purist for decades.
This particular example, a Reference CK2981-1, dates to circa 1958 and features a 34mm steel case with crisp beveling, a two-tone silver dial with applied "dart" indices and a Dauphine handset. This piece features a Calibre 491 automatic-winding movement, a signed crown, and a subsidiary seconds register at the 6:00 position.
In excellent condition throughout, this piece offers Omega pedigree and performance in a versatile and affordable package that is suitable for any wrist.
Hard to beat that!
In the aftermath of World War II, Omega, the prolific Swiss manufacture that had poured most of its production efforts into military-grade wristwatches for pilots and officers, dusted itself off and dived headlong into producing consumer pieces once again. But unlike the pre-war years, Omega sought to build watches that could be worn in more everyday conditions, watches that could look good on the wrist while also standing up to the onslaught of travel, weather and daily use.
Many of the watches produced in the years immediately following the war were infused with the lessons that Omega had learned while producing reliable wristwatches for servicemen; they used stainless steel cases with simple, stalwart movements, kept dials uncluttered and legible and dotted them with radium for added visibility in low-light environs.
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