With the Omega Seamaster 300, Reference CK2913, Omega dipped its toe into the deep sea of purpose-built dive watches. It soon became a classic, a worthy alternative to its rivals, the Rolex Submariner and the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. In its early years, the design of the watch would undergo subtle metamorphoses, mainly in the crown and in the bezel, until the mid-1960s saw the release of the second generation of Seamaster 300.
This was the Reference 165.024, which we offer here.
In the Reference 165.024, Omega made other changes that truly brought home the fact that this was an entirely new watch. The dial took on a new look, with thicker hour markers than the thin, elongated triangles that typified the CK2913. The hands were changed as well: because the broad arrow hands of the previous versions proved hard to read underwater, Omega switched to sword or plongeur hands.
But the most salient feature of this new reference of Seamaster was the case. At 42mm, it was larger than the CK2913’s. Moreover, the silhouette changed completely. Instead of straight lugs, the Reference 165.024 featured an asymmetrical case with faceted lugs. The bezel of the Reference 165.024 was enlarged, and was available in several different variations, all of these featured luminescent material layered inside acrylic.
With a fresh new look, the Seamaster 300 soon found a home on the wrists of professional divers, with some being used by the navies of France and the United Kingdom.
Unlike its contemporary, the Speedmaster, where the earliest versions are the most desirable, it’s the Reference 165.024 that collectors prefer over its predecessor. Military variants can, of course, attract a premium. But for the collector who wants to dip his toe, so to speak, into the world of SM300s, examples like these are hard to argue with.
This particular Reference 165.024 is a survivor. It features a case with honest wear, including some flaking to the luminescent material of the hands and hour markers. Coming complete with a 1171/516 bracelet, it’s a robust, reliable companion—whether on the waves or just looking at them.
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