The guy at the OB that adjusted my SMP bracelet had one of these on.....it sure looked nice.
Actually the picture is what I belive not one of 56 NASA prototype Alaska but 1 of 4 additional ones which are not NASA property and thats why it could be auctioned.
I have mine. A 1958 Omega Ranchero. As to why, there are a few reasons. First, it’s a rare watch. Only made for two years and finding a good one in all original condition is tough. Second, made in 1958, it’s a birth year watch for me. Third, I mean just look at it. The perfect size at 36mm. It sits perfectly on the wrist and it’s thin. Broad arrow handset. And those big radium lumed indices. And a bulletproof manual wind Omega 30mm caliber 267. What’s not to love? It’s perfection.
Wow, that is a beautiful watch. Just stunning...my Genève 2903 has a caliber 267, it is a wonderful movement and sheer joy to wind.
Congratulations on a grail watch achieved!
Thank you! I have a Geneve 2903 in my collection as well. The old cursive Geneves are lovely watches - and also not easy to find!
I really wish Omega would have done a reissue more like this one (heftier bezel, no fauxtina). It's pretty perfect.[/QUOTE]
I couldn’t agree more, RARJ!
My two Omega grails as well, S.
This Constellation was my father's fiftieth birthday watch in 1974. Unfortunately he never saw his 53rd birthday an the watch was stored. I had it serviced in the nineties but it only worked for a couple of weeks.
I had it serviced by a very good and experienced watchmaker for my seventieth birthday in january.
The process took me much more deeply into the world of watches.
A few weeks ago was the fiftieth anniversary of my graduation from high school when I was presented my Zenith I which I still have. But that will be another thread.
I have a few watches would like to own, I believe one day I will own them all, or nearly all of them.
Full set limited 345.0808 in NOS condition. Being from 1985 I wanted a unique model from that time period. Also, I like the copper color movement on display.
If Omega came to me and asked, if we made a couple watches again, what would you choose.. id probably go with that alaska project prototype seen in this thread and also another version with a radial dial. Also, they know they need to remake the 2254 at some point.. in regular and GMT models. Call me Omega, we can talk.
My fascination with vintage watches has to do with their connection to racing so my vintage grail would be a Speedmaster CK2998-5.
Modern Grail would either be a Japan Racing (okay it's modernish) (EDIT: someone liked this so I'm looking back. LOL this photo isn't a Japan Racing, pretty sure it's a 145.022-69 racing but regardless it's my grail of grails)
or a FOIS with a metal bracelet...
Something special about solid gold omegas…
For quite some time I've toyed with the idea of adding a watch to my watch box that I could wear anywhere and for any occasion. My requirements were that it had to be shockproof, anti-magnetic, at least 100m waterproof, casual enough for informal and sporty occasions but smart and small enough to go well with a suit. A chronograph function would be a bonus as I spend a lot of time at classic car races and timed rallies. It also had to be understated enough for it not to get noticed by the wrong people, which immediately ruled out anything from Rolex.
The Speedmaster 38 Orbis Edition ticked all the boxes and a lot more besides. I love watches and cars and in this watch both worlds come together. Not only was the Speedmaster created for motorsport, but George Daniels, who invented the co-axial escapement, owned one of the most iconic W.O. Bentleys of all time, the 4 1/2 Supercharged single-seater raced by 'Bentley Boy' Sir Henry Birkin at Le Mans.
But the icing on the cake is the Orbis connection. I was born in the early Seventies and was severely cross-eyed with limited eyesight. At the age of one I underwent surgery on both (blue) eyes. Because I was lucky enough to have been born in a country with easy access to excellent medical (eye) care I now have near perfect eyesight. Orbis has made me realise that not everybody is as fortunate as I was. Wearing this watch is a daily reminder to count my blessings and it makes me happy to know that I'm supporting such a worthwhile cause.
Apart from that I think it looks rather dashing as well...
Never seen them in the flesh but the Platinum 321 or the 3861 canopus white gold give me goose bumps!
how about an MoD issued SM300
so much want
or even a civilian one
For now, a 168.017 or a 168.027 would make me very happy.
This is amazing.
My grail is 2872 cal 320 from 1959.
This is my third Omega chronograph with this dial layout. Previous was 2278 (gold plated).
This one has an 18k rose gold case.
Unsure if i can name a "grail" in my collection, but I love my Alaska and my Tintin. the Alaska had me in the second i saw it because i love the white dial. For the Tintin its the strong colour and the anyway decent colour!
sometimes I see my PAM176 as well as one of my loveliest because with that I started my passion for mechanical watches!
I love how both the Alaska and Tintin at one point were watches nobody wanted to such an extent that grey market dealers were dumping those Tintins at like $3500 on ebay a few years back brand new, now they’re super sought after and rightly so.
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