Omega Seamaster 145.016 chronograph cal 321 chronograph

Onyx radial

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Omega Seamaster chronographRef. 145.016-69

Just a few people have been lucky to handle this Seamaster. It's not known how many these were made, but I have only seen a few. Comes with a lovely silver brushed dial and onyx hour markers.

Quick facts

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Brand: Omega
Model: Seamaster
Reference: 145.016
Year: 1969
Case: Stainless steel, 38mm
Caliber: Omega 861, manual wound

What about it

Sportier brother of the De Ville. Sharp for every occasion.

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 add a touch of "racing", the Seamaster was adorned with a vivid orange chronograph seconds hand across three variations: black, silver, and reverse panda. The 18k gold variant uniquely featured a black hand. Additionally, an incredibly rare exotic racing variation, almost at a prototype level, boasted a white hand—distinctive as the hour and minute hands were red.

This silver variant, here referred to as 'fat-indexes', is truly exceptional. Its exquisite brushed top case, defined edges along the sides, and a captivatingly radiant dial make it a standout piece. When you find one, keep it!

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

Original steel bracelet reference nr: 1116/548

Research thread on Omegaforums

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Seamaster 145.016
9 variations

Stainless steel case

  • Silver radial dial thin indexes
  • Silver radial dial fat indexes
  • Black radial dial
  • Reverse panda radial dial
  • Exotic dial
  • White soccer time dial
  • Gray soccer time dial

Solid yellow gold case

  • Yellow gold radial dial
  • Silver soleil radial dial with gold applied logo and indexes
Omega Seamaster 145.016 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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Availability: Ultra rare
Not available

Pricing: 5,000+ €
(Dec 2023)



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