Omega Chronostop Driver

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REF 145.010
Manual-winding
35 MM
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SKU AS07284
Article Number 40960134
ref 145.010
case size 35 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color Blue
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 18 MM
Includes Correct stainless steel mesh bracelet with signed clasp (1120/116).
overall condition The case is in very good condition overall normal, honest wear from age and use with no signs of polishing and visible factory finishing. Matte blue Tritium dial with applied indices is in excellent condition showing only faint wear with light, even patination to luminous elements with matching handset. Signed crown.
REF 145.010
Manual-winding
35 MM
– Show less
SKU AS07284
Article Number 40960134
ref 145.010
case size 35 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color Blue
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 18 MM
Includes Correct stainless steel mesh bracelet with signed clasp (1120/116).
overall condition The case is in very good condition overall normal, honest wear from age and use with no signs of polishing and visible factory finishing. Matte blue Tritium dial with applied indices is in excellent condition showing only faint wear with light, even patination to luminous elements with matching handset. Signed crown.

Why We Love it

Omega made some really neat stuff in the 1960s.

Case in point: The Chronostop 'Driver' Chronograph.

This unusual model features a sideways-oriented dial, designed to be worn by drivers on the inside of the wrist. It utilizes a 60-second chronograph mechanism operated by a single pusher, ideal for timing laps or quarter-mile times while keeping both hands on the steering wheel. Go ahead, try it! We did! (Please just obey all local traffic laws!).

This particular example, a Reference 145.010, dates to circa 1968 and features a 35 stainless steel cushion case with an acrylic crystal, a signed crown, and a lovely matte blue Tritium dial with applied indices and a matching handset, and Omega's Calibre 865 hand-cranking 60s chronograph movement within.

This example is fitted with a correct stainless steel 'mesh' bracelet with a signed, elongated clasp - originally intended for drivers to have their blood type engraved on it.

We've offered a number of Chronostops in the past, but only a very small number of them have featured the driver-oriented dial - let alone on it's correct bracelet. This is a special and highly specialized timepiece for the collector who prefers the unusual and rarely-seen!

Brand Story

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The story of Omega is one that captivates generations of horological devotees. The second-largest watchmaker in the world in terms of annual turnover, the Bienne-based firm has been continuously producing watches since 1848, which it does today under the auspices of the Swatch Group.

Founded in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland as La Generale Watch Co, Omega was well ahead of the horological curve from the beginning, developing the first minute-repeating wristwatch in 1892 as well as the eponymous “Omega” caliber in 1894. This 19-ligne movement was revolutionary in that its parts could be replaced by any watchmaker in the world without modification, while its winding and time-setting via the crown provided an industry standard.

Omega became the timepiece supplier of choice for the British Royal Flying Corps in 1917, while the Americans followed suit in 1918, choosing their watches for the U.S. Army. Awards for precision chronometry became almost commonplace, while 1932 saw them become the first watch brand to time an entire Olympic Games. Their Marine, which debuted the same year, is regarded as the first commercially available diver’s watch.

During the Second World War, Omega supplied well over 100,000 timepieces to British forces, making it the largest watch supplier to the British and her allies. These watches, from the unique 6B/159 to the famed “Dirty Dozen” W.W.W, remain highly collectible today.

1948 saw the launch of the original Seamaster: Built upon the tool watch legacy of the brand’s timepieces from the War, it’s since become a byword for reliability and legibility, both as a dress watch and, more recently, as a serious diver’s tool. The Speedmaster, released in 1957 and originally marketed for the auto-racing market, first rocketed to space on the wrist of American astronaut Wally Schirra in 1962. However, it became a household name when, in 1969, it accompanied Buzz Aldrin on the Moon, and later helped save the space-stranded crew of Apollo 13 in 1970 by timing a critical rocket burn.

Today, Omega’s watches — all of which feature in-house movements — run the gamut from svelte dress pieces to the venerable Speedmaster in all its guises. Providing an unquestionable value proposition, Omega is a brand that deserves to be at the center of every serious watch lover’s collection.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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