OMEGA CHRONOSTOP ‘DRIVER’
Fast Cars & Serious Watches. The Omega Chronostop was aimed for rally drivers.
The Omega Chronostop ‘Driver’, is one of the iconic watches of the late 1960s, early 1970s. Making its debut in 1966, the Omega ‘Driver’ Chronostop (as its name implies) was designed with serious rally car drivers in mind. The idea being the driver could see the time without taking their hands off the steering wheel.
Item description: This example is dates from 1968, and has the Omega 865 movement. The watch is manufactured with a polished stainless steel case, and has a dark grey dial with polished stainless steel battons. The case-back bears the designations, ‘WATERPROOF TESTED 30M’. The inside of the case-back has the impressed Omega brand logo, along with the reference number 145 010. The Omega watch complete with a mid-brown leather strap with non Omega stainless steel buckle.
Case size: 40mm x 35mm
Condition report: Case in excellent to near mint condition with a nice polished finish remaining. Dial original and with a nice ‘soft’ age patination. Glass with Omega brand logo to centre. Screw caseback remaining with a nice original satin and polished finish, free from the usual unsightly scratches.Movement particularly clean and in working condition. The movement has been recently serviced (no warranty implied). The timepiece may have been opened, so it should not be used near moisture or water without being checked by a qualified watchmaker.
Background to the Omega ‘Driver’ Chronostop: The Omega Chronostop ‘Driver’ is the most sought after version of the Chronostop series, for obvious reasons, as it enjoys a following by the sports car fraternity. The watch also represents a rare attempt by Omega to completely change how a wrist watch was worn. The unique 12 o’clock at 3 o’clock design allowed for very easy viewing when the wearer’s hand was on the steering wheel. In fact, the design was so novel, a prototype of the Drivers Chronograph (with the crown at 3 o’clock) won honorable mention in the Sports Chronograph and Watches category at the 1966 Montreal World’s Fair.
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