Watches with textured dials are without a doubt some of the most visually-arresting examples available on the watch market today. From the days of Abraham Louis Breguet, an engine-turned dial represented that the craftsman who fashioned it was at the height of his skills. Even in this age of mass machinery, when watch components—dials included—are designed on computers and then cut out by CNC machines, a textured dial is a sign that the manufacturer chooses to preserve the old ways.
Additionally, a textured dial (holdover from the days of hand-machining) gives a watch an extra touch of class that’s undeniably attractive; also, given how difficult it is to refinish a textured dial, it can often be a mark of a dial’s authenticity.
This Omega Reference 2544-4 features just that - a beautiful patinated waffle dial with rose gold applied indices and dauphine hands. The dial also features a subtle subsidiary seconds register at 6:00.
The best part about this lovely piece is its size - 39mm in diameter with a thickness of only 9mm, crystal included. Makes for an incredibly comfortable wearing and entirely unique timepiece with which to mark the passage of time!
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.
Even with these style notes coming right out the war-time guidebook, Omega took care to make their new consumer pieces beautiful, using precious metals as it once again became available, and introduced a variety of dressier executions. While the noteworthy Seamaster line was being driven largely by Omega's automatic movements, other pieces, like this one, were filled with simpler, durable manual-wind movements, making the the overall product more economically approachable to the average consumer.
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