At analog/shift, we believe that style is in execution, not accouterments; understatement versus overreach.
It is this definition of style that so often thrills us about vintage watches of the post-war era. In the years following the Second World War, major Swiss manufactures were dusting themselves off and beginning to reposition themselves for a new global market, transitioning away from the fulfillment of defense contracts and back to designing and building elegant timepieces for general consumption and civilian use.
But the war left it's mark.
The precious metals and ornate Art Deco styling of the pre-war years gave way to simpler, more industrial executions that echoed the soldier's and pilot's watches that were built during the conflict. The result was a gorgeous new expression that melded simple, industrial production with understated dial and hand designs.
This Omega Reference 2505-15 is a perfect example of the post-war design language we so admire. With a lovely stainless "jumbo" 38mm stainless steel machined case, it immediately conjures visions of the spartan pilots watches that Omega produced throughout the War. But the silver dial, now patinated to a gorgeous champagne color, is ever so lightly embellished with rose gold applied Arabic numerals at 3, 9 and 12, and is fitted with elegant darts for the remaining hours. At 6:00 rests a simple subsidiary seconds register, again reminiscent of the military watches of the days before.
The Omega Reference 2505-15 is an elegant piece of horological history that resonates with a perfect understated style that suits the thoughtful, fashionable gentleman of today just as well as it did in the late 1940s. Truly, truly beautiful!
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