Tales From The ‘Gram: 1966 Omega Seamaster

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There are many ways to understand and get to know someone. From this series, I see myself being closer to watch collectors through their sentiments regarding their timepieces. I want to thank Andrew (@bitbythewatchbug) for sharing the stories behind the amazing 1966 Omega Seamaster.

1966 Omega Seamaster
The 1966 Omega Seamaster ref. 166.003 (sourse: @bitbythewatchbug)

Watch I.D.

Model: Omega Seamaster
Reference: ref. 166.003
Diameter: 38 mm
Calibre: Calibre 562
Winding: manual
Material: Stainless steel

Words from the collector…

1966 was a weird year. Both US and the USSR were still in a Space Race and The Rolling Stones just released their ‘Aftermath’ album that went platinum. A technological and cultural booming era and Omega decided to drop another golden nugget on us. “My grandfather passed it down to me when I was about 16 and until this day he is still telling me stories of him and this watch.” Andrew’s grandfather made a clever purchase, better yet, a clever investment, passing down a fortune, knowledge, and the concept of responsibility.

We recently had to move a few bins from our basements … and in those bins were hundreds of old family photos. [In] any photo [that my grandfather is in] past 1968 you can spot the Omega!

Andrew (@bitbythewatchbug)

Seamaster is the longest-running line still produced by Omega and unsurprisingly, it started out as a watch for the British Royal Navy in 1948 and quickly became a widely recognized timepiece among civilians. This 1966 Omega Seamaster is down to earth simple, slim, and elegant, the perfect embodiment of dress watches. One tiny detail that you should know about this Seamaster or seemingly, most vintage watches that share a similar design, the second hand is curved slightly downwards at the edge of the dial. This is because the second is sitting atop of the stack of hands and the edge of the dial generally has less clearance. Small adjustment but innovative.

“When I look down at the [1966 Omega Seamaster], there’s a very specific image that comes to mind.” Andrew said, “… it’s my grandfather at some point in the ’60s wearing a slim suit, posing in a cool, relaxed stance before some kind of event.” Just like the old Omega advertisements, classy and sophisticated.

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Old Omega Seamaster advertisement (source: Fratello Watches)

I strongly believe that each watch, no matter what, will give out a unique/irreplaceable vibe. When asked “what do you feel or see when you wear that watch?” Andrew said that the watch gives out a cool, classy, and relaxed vibe for sure. He even said that he would plan his day out carefully to make sure he won’t do something too crazy that may ruin or damage the piece!

Andrew has given numerous good advice during the interview but “If you are getting into watch collecting, my advice to you is to engage in the community; global and/or local.” in my opinion is the best. No matter how big and impressive your collection may be, sharing/discussing it with friends and watch lovers will ALWAYS be the most joyous.

One of the most heartfelt remarks Andrew made is how collectors who share their watches with the world would always have to try to ‘beat the Instagram algorithm’. Sharing our passion for watches should neither be limited by hateful comments (some people may view watch collecting as a shallow and materialistic hobby) nor a computer algorithm. This is why “Tales From the ‘Gram” exists, trying to give a platform for, perhaps, every watch collector to tell their stories, showing the world that watch-collecting is more than brand names and price tags.

1966 Omega Seamaster
The 1966 Omega Seamaster ref. 166.003 (source: @bitbythewatchbug)

That’s the secret to the community; no matter how much a collection or a piece is worth, the right people will become a part of your life from this amazing hobby we share!

Andrew (@bitbythewatchbug)

From this short interaction with Andrew, I already know he is an exceptional watch collector, and it is collectors like Andrew that make the watch community a better place.

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