Omega Seamaster 145.016 18k gold chronograph

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Omega Seamaster chronograph
18k goldRef. 145.016-69

Gold chronographs from the 1960s that present such a complete and cohesive design are quite scarce. However, there's certainly room for debate on this matter.

Quick facts

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Brand: Omega
Model: Seamaster
Reference: 145.016
Year: 1969
Case: Yellow 18k gold, 38mm
Caliber: Omega 861, manual wound

Owner of this watch: Margus

What about it

You might be familiar with the 1969 gold Speedmaster BA145.022-69. This is its little sibling. However, it's quite a challenge to determine which one takes the lead in terms of superiority.

The Omega Seamaster line traces its origins back to 1947, boasting an extensive array of models. Transitioning towards a more sporty design language in the late 1960s, Omega refrained from utilizing colorful dials on their cushion-type chronographs until the early 1970s. Models like the 145.029 or 145.020, emerging in the early 1970s, notably featured more relaxed and creative dials.

To infuse a racing spirit, the Seamaster featured a vibrant orange chronograph seconds hand across three variations: black, silver, and reverse panda. The 18k gold variant sported a distinctive black hand, although instances with orange have been observed. Moreover, an exceptionally rare exotic racing variation, almost at a prototype level, showcased a white hand - an extraordinary feature as the hour and minute hands were in red.

146.016 was released in 1968 with the fresh Omega caliber 861.

Bracelet reference nr: 1116. There were also aftermarket bracelets made by Fontana.

Research thread on Omegaforums

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Seamaster 145.016 18k gold

These gold models have a great presence on their original (optional) solid gold bracelets. I have seen 3 different bracelet models. 18k Seamaster weighs ca 70 gr (w/o bracelet). Original bracelet is ca 70gr.

2 gold variations

  • Yellow gold radial dial
  • Silver soleil radial dial with gold applied logo and indexes

Some samples have had a different chronograph hand, probably service parts.

Seamaster 145.016 had in total of 9 variations

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Omega Seamaster 145.016 18k gold
Omega Seamaster 145.016 18k gold
Omega Seamaster 145.016 18k gold chronograph

Omega caliber 861

Lemania created a family of cam switching chronograph movements in the 1960s just as chronograph watches were becoming more popular in the mass market. The Lemania Calibre 1873 was part of a family of similar 12 ligne movements, running at 21,600 A/h and lacking modern features like hacking seconds or automatic winding. In 1968, Omega selected the Lemania 1873 as the basis for their Cal. 861, used in the Omega Speedmaster Professional line of watches. These feature a 30 minute chronograph counter at 3:00, a 12 hour counter at 6:00, and small seconds at 9:00.

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A very rare variation and you won't find anything!