MADE: 1956

MATERIAL: 18ct Yellow Gold

MOVEMENT: Automatic



Made famous for its reliability, the OMEGA Seamaster has worldwide acclaim stemming back to its origins where it serviced armed forces in Britain.
Naturally, the military were looking for wristwatches that were robust and could handle exacting conditions, all while being discreet and easy to read. Its success with servicemen prompted the company to produce a line for the general public in 1947.

A wristwatch with a defined, solid structure and functional appearance – all while still being very much a timepiece to be worn by a gentleman has granted the Seamaster and its subsequent sub-lines enduring worldwide popularity.

The OMEGA Seamaster XVI was created to commemorate not only the Melbourne Olympics but also OMEGA’s 25th Anniversary of Olympic timekeeping that began in 1932 at the Los Angeles Olympics. The case back is proudly stamped with the Olympic Cross of Merit that OMEGA received in 1952 at the Helsinki Olympic Games for ‘outstanding service in the world of sport’ and features the same image on the Chinese lacquer dial. However, as the Olympic Cross of Merit symbol wasn’t allowed to be used for commercial sale, 100 prototype watches were produced and never sold.

The watch was redesigned to feature the Roman numeral XVI on the dial in place of the Cross of Merit and this new Seamaster XVI design was released for commercial sale.

World History

- Elvis Presley enters the United States music charts for the first time, with "Heartbreak Hotel".

- Norma Jean Mortenson legally changes her name to Marilyn Monroe.

- The hard disk drive is invented by an IBM team led by Reynold B. Johnson.


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