This is one of those watches that if you're someone who is accustomed to constantly seeing many vintage watches, when you come across it you just have to buy it.
It ticks all the boxes.... It's large for the era which makes it instantly more desirable; its very rare; it is from a widely-admired maker; and it is in beautiful original condition. So when I had the opportunity to buy it about three years ago, I jumped at the chance and immediately put it in my personal collection.
Now, wanting to make some room for my next acquisition, sadly (for me at least) I have decided to let it go to the next good home.
So our offering today showcases this cool and rare all original 38mm Omega Seamster 2976. Thinking back, I only recall ever seeing one or possibly two other examples in my past research of this model.
I don't know why Omega decided to make a "plain" Seamaster model this large, significantly larger than its similar watches at the time, but it looks like a fairly traditional Seamaster except everything has been upsized. With the crown the diameter is almost 41mm. And it measures 48mm long!
Because of its size, they had to use a movement retaining ring for the caliber 501 and the large hypocampus logo on the caseback doesn't even fill up the back's center section.
Its beautiful two-tone dial is original and just short of mint, light toned to a more sepia tone. I don't believe I've seen this dial on this model - the other example I clearly recall had a plain silver dial.
It is fully Omega down to the original hands, crown, and signed original crystal.
Powering the watch is the higher jewel (20) caliber 501 movement with fine regulation. It is very clean. The case shows only light signs of ever being previously polished and presents very nicely.
The movement was cleaned and oiled about three years ago, and then was just lightly gone through again in advance of this sale. I have a period Omega box that it could be paired with as well if you would like.
Like usual, included with the purchase is a one-year warranty on the movement and its function.
A very rare Seamaster for the discerning Omega collector.
Country of origin: Switzerland, made for the U.S. market
Serial number: 16,553,784
Year built: c. 1960
Model: Ref. 2976-2, Seamaster
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds, Automatic
Designed for: Men
Case material: Stainless steel
Case condition: Better than near mint with light wear and light previous signs of polishing
Dimensions: 38mm wide (excluding crown) by 48mm long lug tip-to-tip
Dial: Two-tone silver, signed Omega, faceted dart indices, original, just short of mint with light warming of the tone
Hands: Original, steel "dauphines"
Movement type: Cal. 501, copper colored, self-winding, 20 jewels, lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock-absorber, self-compensating flat balance-spring, fine regulation
Beat frequency: 19,800 BPH
Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
Width between lugs: 19mm
Crystal type: Signed Omega, original, excellent condition
Warranty: 1-year warranty. Please email email@example.com for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
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