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1956 Omega Semaster Olympic "Pre-Commercial"


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A beautiful and highly collectible timepiece made by Omega especially for XVI Olympics which took place in Melbourne in 1956. This particular watch belongs to a so-called "pre-commercial" series which was made by Omega in limited quantity (collectors say around 100 pcs) and then was followed by simplified "commercial" version. The pre-commercial Seamaster Olympic features a special solid gold case with caseback bearing Cross of Merit and a very special Chinese lacquer dial with the same Cross of Merit and Olympic rings in red color. Due to complexity and fragility of these dials, only a few survived in a completely untouched condition. This particular watch is one of them.

Extract of Archives. Professionally serviced in July 2018. Technical warranty: 1 year.

Case:

  • Solid 18k gold 2-body case with snap-on caseback.
  • Professionally polished in the past
  • 35 mm (without crown) / 42.5 mm (lug-to-lug) / 18 mm (between lugs)
  • Original faceted Omega crown
  • Reference: 2850 SC

    Movement:

    • Automatic chronometer with sweep seconds
    • Cal.471signed "Omega Watch Co Swiss"
    • Gold-plated, 19 jewels, 19800 A/h and 46 hours of power-reserve. Incabloc shock protection.
    • Serviced in July 2018

    Dial:

    • Original untouched chinese lacquer dial showing moderate aging
    • Minor cracks of the surface
    • Some fragments of the Cross of Merit are lost
    • Raised Omega logo at 12 o'clock, signed "Swiss Made" at 6 o'clock.
    • Raised golden "coffin"-shaped hour markers
    • Original golden hands

    Delivery set:

    • Generic leather strap with generic gold-plated buckle
    • Extract of archives
    • Our company’s warranty certificate, invoice and general terms and conditions.

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