Perhaps the most eccentric Omega watch ever produced (and knowing Omega, that’s saying a lot), the Chronostop Driver’s watch is undeniably charming. After all, how many instances can you name of a watch brand attempting to change the way that their customers wear a watch?
The Omega Chronostop was introduced in the mid-60s as an attempt by Omega to create a lower-priced chronograph watch targeted at younger consumers. More novelty than true chronograph, the Chronostop is only able to time events up to 1 minute. We’re sure some people found a good use for it, but to be honest, this is not the most functional chronograph ever made, but at least it’s fun to use! The mono-pusher stopwatch is started with the initial press of the pusher and then it is pressed and held to freeze the orange hand and read the seconds. When the pusher is released, the totalizer returns to zero.
The most interesting thing about the Chronostop is that it was designed to be worn on the underside of wrist. Omega advertised the Chronostrop as a driver’s watch, and pushed the idea of wearing it in that unusual fashion since the topside of the wrist isn’t easily visible while your hands are on a steering wheel. Omega even created a special version of the watch with a rotated dial (see HERE).
This particular example is completely original, driven by the Calibre 865 manual-wound movement, and features a gorgeous blue dial with original handset in excellent condition. Its size, dial design, and unique functionality make it an interesting conversation piece, not to mention a collectable timepiece. If you’re looking for something fun, colorful and affordable, this is the one!
A video by Hodinkee explaining the history and operation of the Chronostop can be found HERE.
More information on the full Omega Chronostop line can be found HERE.
If you're looking at this, you already know that the Omega Speedmaster Professional is one hell of a timepiece. Arguably the most important chronographs ever made, Speedmasters set the bar for every purpose-built mechanical chronograph that followed, and for good reason. Originally designed to meet the rigorous demands of spaceflight, the Speedmaster was the first timepiece to be officially Flight-Qualified for Manned Space Missions by NASA, and was of course the first watch worn on the moon by Astronaut Buzz Aldrin in 1969. The design of the Speedmaster Professional has remained virtually unchanged since its beginnings, a true testament to its functional and aesthetic perfection.
Excellent examples of Apollo-era Speedmasters are no longer a dime a dozen. The word is out, and desirability of these iconic chronographs is reaching critical mass. We haven't been able to hold on to one long enough to even reach our website in months, so we decided to keep this one a secret until we could get it online.
We've been searching all over to locate the best examples of the .861 Speedmaster, and have turned up this awesome example from 1974 in all-original condition. Featuring an incredible even patina across the dial, hands, and bezel, it is without a question a total looker. Also including the correct Reference 1171 bracelet and an Extract Of The Archives from Omega, this is one of the nicer examples from the late Apollo-era Speedmaster production we've turned up in some time. Don't miss it!
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 luminous for added visibility in low-light environs.
As years passed and the 1960s rolled around, Omega continued to produce similar watches, slowly updating dials and lug designs. While many pieces in the Seamaster line were driven 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.
Coming at a time when gentlemen's pieces were a bit smaller and subtler than today, this Seamaster is sized at approximately 36mm. It wears extremely well and is the perfect size for this type of watch, easily slipping under a cuff.
With a stalwart Omega manual-wind, 17-jewel Caliber 258 movement, this watch is perfectly appointed for the contemporary wrist and ready for decades more reliable service. And with a nearly flawless case, elegant lugs, subsidiary seconds, and drool-inducing "Alpha" style hands, it exudes the perfect amount of simple sophistication.
We like nipples, we like Rolexes, and when you combine the two, the result is golden! (mmm..golden nipples...Ed.)
The thought of a two-tone Rolex often conjures images of ancient Datejusts dangling from you uncle's tanned, wrinkly wrist as he tells obnoxious stories at the family barbeque. We all have those memories (or at least have watched The Sopranos) and have sought to stay far from those awful holiday memories.
However, after some careful consideration, elapsed time, and some wrinkling of our own, we have realized that we have been dead wrong about them. Two-tone Rolexes aren't the old man watches we thought they were. They are, in fact, every bit as cool as their steel counterparts - or possibly even cooler. They add a subtle suggestion of experience and success to the simple nature of the Rolex Oyster without getting too loud.
Maybe we'll chalk it up to maturation of taste, evolving sense of style or some level of accomplishment that two-tone models once so commonly commemorated. The bottom line is that we've come to really love them, and whether it is a Datejust, Turn-O-Graph, Submariner or GMT Master, we find ourselves lusting after their subtle flash on the daily.
Maybe you're the same way. Maybe you've had a secret love for them all these years and have been hiding it. Maybe you think we're crazy (on that point, you wouldn't be wrong).
Whatever the case, there is no denying the wrist presence of the two-tone GMT. The gold elements (bezel ring, crown, markers, and hands) play off the dial and insert brilliantly, giving a sophisticated yet sporty feel. This version (an early ref. 1675 rather than more common 16753) is known among collectors and enthusiasts as a "Root Beer" GMT with a "nipple dial", so known for its beautiful brown dial with small golden hour markers and brown bezel insert. The combination of brown and gold is gorgeous, and when you throw in a steel Oyster case and plexi crystal, you have one hell of a fucking handsome watch!
Let's also not forget that underneath all that outward beauty is a downright brilliant GMT Master movement with second timezone - quite possibly the most useful timepiece complication and functionality we can think of. Whether you pair it up with the included Crown & Buckle nylon straps (with Gold hardware, natch) or Clint Eastwood-ify it with a matching Two-Tone Jubilee bracelet, this watch is an incredibly versatile and wearable choice and is a truly stunning example of one of the most-undervalued vintage sport Rolexes on the market. Don't miss out.
For a more in-depth look at the GMT, check out a great piece by our friend Jason Heaton for Gear Patrol, HERE.
Picture credit to Watches in Movies.
We are a couple of guys based in New York City with a passion for bespoke style, substance, and authenticity. Admittedly, we appreciate ALL well-crafted and precious things, from fine single-malts to handmade cordovan bluchers, but we have a special and earnest love for the world of vintage goods, in particular, the world of vintage and luxury timepieces. We love the stories and histories vintage watches contain and the unparalleled craftsmanship with which they were made, often harkening back to an era when raw value was respected and a firm handshake was unflappable. Most importantly, we enjoy them for the works of wearable art that they are. We've had it with digital...we are 100% analog.
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