Gent’s, vintage, stainless steel, manually wound, center seconds, dress wristwatch with expandable link bracelet with deployment clasp, the bracelet said to be made by J.B. Champion of New York for Omega. A variant of ref. 14714-3-SC, S/N 17715373, made by Omega, Geneva, Switzerland November 15 1960, see extract from Omega Archives.
Case: 35.5 mm, round, two leaf, polished stainlesssteel case with fluted winding crown with Omega logo, lapidated lugs, steel panshaped back cover. The inside of the cover carries the Omega logo, made in Switzerland, stainless steel with the reference number 14714-3-SC. the watch is combined with an expandable stainless steel mid 20th century bracelet with a deployment clasp that is marked Omega, Made in the USA.
Dial: A two tone silvered dial with steel and black onyx batons against a polished silvered steel chapter ring, no minute markers, cream colored, linen textured dial center, steel and black feuille hands with a center seconds pointer. The upper dial is marked ‘Omega’ with horseshoe logo and Swiss Made at the base of the dial.
Movement: This is the split copper plate Omega calibre 285. The movement has 17 jewels, Incabloc shock proofing, and Breguet hairspring, vibrates at 18000 beats per hour and has a power reserve of 40 hours. Calibre 285 was made from 1940 to 1963.
Condition: This watch may made on special order. Omega has verified that this model was in fact made in 1960 in the extract of the Archives. Case is in very fine condition. Bracelet is marked for Omega probably made by J.B. Champion which at this early time was just another watch bracelet company in 1963 and it would be several years before their steel mesh bracelets were sent into space on the wrists of astronauts. The case and movement are correct for this reference. The back cover has tiny dings and dents as does the barrel of the watch. The dial is quite perfect for its design and aesthetically very appealing. Height 44 mm Depth 10 mm Width 35.5 mm.
Watch comes with original Omega period red box as well as Extract from the Omega Archives.