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Stainless steel dress wristwatch. Made 1949

Stainless steel dress wristwatch. Made 1949

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Information

  • Brand: OMEGA 
  • Year: 1949
  • Model: Dress watch
  • Reference: 2495-3
  • Calibre: 30T2
  • Movement: Manual
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Features/complications: Sub second dial
  • Dial: Off-white dial with outer minute track featuring alternating printed stud and Arabic numeral hour markers with steel pencil shaped hour and minute hands and subsidiary seconds at 6 o'clock position.
  • Case Dimensions: 34mm
  • Bracelet/Strap: Leather strap
  • Accessories: Extract from the Archives
  • SKU: 03125

Essay

The “30” series of movements, of which the 30Ts is the most famous, was first manufactured in 1939. So accurate and reliable was this simple manual movement that it launched a whole family of 15 (and later, 17) jewel movements. The movement went through several evolutions, starting off a rather bare-bones 15-jewel movement before being “upgraded” to a 17-jewel, shock-protected movement with a balance regulated with screws and fitted with a Breguet over coil balance spring. After 1949, Omega changed their movement nomenclature, and the 30T2 became the 26x-28x series of movements, the final descendant of which is the cal. 286, whose manufacture ceased in 1966, right up to the advent of the quartz crisis. In short, most every manual-winding OMEGA in this more than 25-year period, from Calatrava-style references to manual-winding Seamaster's and Rancheros, all shared the same movement DNA. This sharing of the movement across broad model lines gives rise to a bewildering variety in terms of cases and dials, part of the attraction of collecting these ca. 30T2 models.