Watch for Sale:
Condition Vintage Seamaster, Omega Cal. 552 in Explorer Look with new NOS Dial
and great Luminousity
Sold out, sorry!
Why I think this watch is interesting:
This was going to be my Omega Vintage Seamaster Keeper. But I just think
that the hot and humid climate here in Bangkok is the ideal home for this
watch. And I am almost never wearing watches on a strap. Thus I have quite
some pain separating from this really beautiful watch. The dial must have
been refurbished, otherwise I could not explain that luminosity. But it was
certainly done by an expert, look at the pictures and close-ups below.
The dial is immaculate and beautiful, but in my opinion, the real beauty of
this watch is inside: the historic caliber 551 (please read below).
I still think this is a great Omega, especially since the Cal. 552 is very similar to the the first historical C.O.S.C caliber (551) exclusively certified for the Constellation Market introduction in 1959. The only difference is, that Omega sent the 551 to the "Observatoire" in Neuchatel, while the 552 was not officially certified. But from my regulating experience I can tell that this is a great movement. Without a timing machine and within a very short time, I had the watch regulated (dial-up) to +/- 0! That swan neck regulator is a joy to work with.
The Movement, Cal. 552
The serial number of 22'xxx'xxx dates the year of production of this Omega around 1965 (source: Cooksey Shugart's Complete Price Guide to Watches 2001). And between 1966 and 1968 according to another Omega source (Kreuzer, see below). The caliber 552 is very similar to the caliber 551 introduced in 1959. The main difference is, that the 551 holds an exclusive C.O.S.C for the Constellation market introduction. Like the 551, the 552 features a beautiful swan neck regulator, 24 jewels, great bi-directional winding, plain glucydur balance, 19'800 bph, first flexible spring block for easier regulation, power reserve over 50 hours due to a main spring with 7 evolutions (source: Omega Designs by Anton Kreuzer)
Details about this Watch - These are pictures of the actual Watch you will be getting!
firm, my margins are very small, no additional discounts sorry. Please see
the OMEGA overview table for the price.
Case diameter (excl.crown): 34.5 mm Watch looks bigger on wrist thanks to big Dial (see last picture)
Height: 9.5 only - a very slim Automatic, a great testimony for Omega as a class movement maker (before ETA times)!
Lug to Lug: 40 mm
Lug width: 18
Weigt: 41 grams only!
Brown double stitched padded genuine leather strap
The luminousity of the very professionally refurbished dial is stunning!
The famous Omega Seahorse introduced on the Seamasters' back in 1956
Movement is in good condition, beautiful swan neck regulator! The gasket ring has not yet been replaced in this early picture, but see the next picture for the new gasket ring please!
New gasket ring inserted and greased, crown had been replaced
Since I had to remove the movement for this task, I took the chance to show the beauty of it on a movement holder
I include this very practical traveler pouch from WESTERN UNION/Bank of Ayudhya with interesting Thai Language writing instead of yet another watch box to be stored away
The beauty on my wrist. Thanks to the very small outer bezel the watch looks a lot bigger then the 34.5 mm would suggest. It really hurts to let this one go, but at least I have those pictures as memories