For sale we have a lovely mid-century example of an Omega dress watch, in a 34mm Stainless Steel “Denisteel” case. It has its original Omega signed crown. It has the reference 13332 signed inside the case back. Inside is a beautiful, well-designed, and robust Omega calibre 267 movement. It is currently keeping time to within -10 seconds a day.
Of mid-century design, this watch has an attractive silver satin dial with applied Arabic numerals and faceted arrow indexes. The hands are of the Lance Alpha style with a large engine-turned subsidiary seconds dial on the lower half of the dial. The case is formed of Stainless Steel, with a chamfered bezel and chamfers to the outside of the lugs.
Omega Denisteel cased models were assembled in Handsworth, Birmingham. They made use of imported Swiss dials and movements. The rationale behind this was to avoid costly import fees on cased watches from Switzerland. To get around this, brands would export bare movement to the recipient country and allow authorised dealers to case the movements in local cases. Dennison cases in-particular were very similar to the official Omega models which is no accident. This confirms that they were officially sanctioned by Omega and produced to Omega technical specifications.
Full condition report below.
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The dial has a silver satin finish and is in good original condition. The signing on the dial very clear and without wear. The hour markers are applied and are alternating between Arabic and Arrow markers. This is a very nicely designed and well-balanced dial. The Omega applied logo is the the centre below 12, with Omega signing.
The hands are original. They are of Lance Alpha style and are a silver tone. They are in good condition with no signs of bending but some corrosion to the finish associated with ageing. The sub-second hand is also original.
The acrylic crystal is a replacement and is in great condition with no marking.
The crown is the original Omega crown and is made of Stainless Steel. It has a coin edged finish and functions as it should, winding and setting the hands.
The case is made from Stainless Steel and is in decent-good original condition with light surface scratching. The case has had the brushed finish on the sides of the case finely refinished in the past. The top of the case maintains its original polished finish. The sides of the lugs have a bevelled edge. The lugs are nicely designed with a cut out along the line of the circular central section of the case.
The case back is Stainless Steel and is in good condition. The caseback appears unpolished, apart from natural wear against the wrist. There are only light surface scratches with no deep nicks or marks.
Inside, it is signed: 13332 Dennison, Made in England, Omega Watch Co, Denisteel, 2660.
It is a new genuine leather strap for 18mm lug width. It has a plain Stainless-Steel buckle. It will fit up to an 8” wrist.
The movement is an Omega calibre 267 with the serial number 16,833,669, which dates the watch to 1958. It has 17 jewels and has Incabloc shock protection. The movement has a frequency of 18,000 BPH and a power reserve of 45 hours.
The service history is unknown, however the movement is in good condition keeping good time. It has a daily loss of -10 seconds, with an amplitude of 260 and a beat error of 0.5m/s.
Case width: 34.5mm
Case width with crown: 36mm
Case length: 34.5mm
Case length lug to lug: 41mm
Case Depth: 9.5mm
Lug width: 18mm
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