1970's Omega Seamaster Compressor Mens Vintage Watch with 565 Movement, Automatic, Quick-Setting Date - Stainless Steel


Item No. 8238

Today's offering showcases this classic and beautifully restored c. 1970's Omega Seamaster Compressor. The Compressor is an uncommon model - the first automatic Seamaster in a non-round case.

An underappreciated Omega, it has a wonderful style and great presence on the wrist. And its custom refinished Tiffany blue dial makes it truly distinctive.

Omega conceived the watch in 1967, and the decision to power it with the company's top-tier caliber 565 was an easy choice - its new slim automatic winding system allowed the movement to fit into an elegant rectangular watch without it becoming to bulky.

Omega's top-tier caliber 565 movement, one of the last superior 500's series movements used before Omega began trying to reduce their costs, was the top-tier offering of the 500 series. It has 24 jewels and a quick-setting date. Arguably the finest mass-produced automatic movement from the era, despite the appreciation it receives it too remains not yet fully appreciated.

Introduced at the Basel Fair in 1968 and officially part of the 1969 collection, it likely was overlooked a bit at the time because of the introductions of quartz watches and automatic chronographs. This beauty left the catalog in 1975.

It features a key bolt compressor style case where the waterproofing seal is situated between the main case body and the crystal. The case body is held in place by four bolts at the corners.

A wonderfully pleasing watch, it wears larger than its 33.5mm diameter. It is 100% Omega down to the dial, hands, winding crown, and even original crystal!

It has just finished a true expertly done restoration and presents in gorgeous condition. The case presents as gorgeous mint condition. The original Omega dial custom refinished in Tiffany blue has been meticulously reprinted - the printing could pass as Omega factory done to the naked eye.

Note the dial came out looking a little brighter under the photography lights than it does in person.

As part of the restoration the movement has been freshly serviced by a Master Watchmaker.

1950's and 60's Seamasters are great buys as parts are readily available for their well-made movements, and they're not hard to service.

For the finishing touch a new aftermarket calfskin leather strap has been installed making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a one-year warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.

The watch's page on the Omega website can be found here.

An uncommon more than half-century old Omega Seamaster Compressor restored to look almost like new on the wrist!

  • Manufacturer: Omega
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Year built: c. 1969 - 1975
  • Model: Ref. ST 166.0042, Seamaster
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Quick-Setting Date, Sweep Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Case markings (outside): Seamaster with hypocampus emblem
  • Case condition: Presents as gorgeous mint. It retains nice facets. The case backs on these have often been heavily polished to remove all the watchmaker's marks from trying to open the unusual case, yet the case back on this one still presents in very good condition with only light wear.
  • Dimensions: 33.5mm wide (excluding crown), 40mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Dial: Tiffany blue, signed Omega Seamaster, applied steel baton indexes, aperture for the date, perfectly custom refinished. Note the dial came out looking a little brighter under then photography lights than it does in person.
  • Hands: Original, steel batons
  • Movement type: Cal. 565, copper colored, self-winding, 24 jewels, lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock-absorber, self-compensating flat balance-spring, micrometer regulator
  • Movement markings: Omega Watch Co. Swiss, Twenty-four Jewels, 565
  • Jewels: 24 rubies
  • Beat frequency: 19,800 BPH
  • Band: Calf-skin leather, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
  • Width between lugs: 20mm
  • Crystal type: Acrylic, original, excellent condition 
  • Serviced: Yes, freshly serviced by a Master Watchmaker. Keeping time within approximately one second per hour. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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