While everyone was distracted by Swatch's big release, Omega was quietly releasing a new watch into their Novelty collection for 2022. And I must say... Omega has my full attention with this one!
(Photo credit: Pulled from Monochrome article.)
This is a reissue by Omega of the CK 859, and it is exactly what I'm looking for. I have always been drawn to the designs of vintage watches, and really appreciate that brands like Longines and Omega are reissuing pieces from their past with modern materials and methods. I have always been on the fence about diving into the deep end of Vintage watch collecting, because they come with their own host of... let us say, charm. This is why I've enjoyed retro themed watches as of late. For instance, I have on preorder the Baltic MR01 with Salmon dial, and I own the Helson homage to Omegas 1967(ish) SM300 and Baltics Bicompax 001 that is inspired by 1940's Pateks.
I recently, while on travel happened upon an Omega boutique, and popped in to see what they had on hand. I looked at handful of watches to include the SM300 in Bronze Gold.. which I have to say is gorgeous!
Although the sales specialist seemed to talk me out of it, since I "already own a vintage inspired Seamaster 300" which is vintage in its own right now at 22 years of age and I absolutely love it! (pictured below)
So I decided to try on a Tresor hand-wound dress watch, which I was surprised at how well it fit my small wrists for it being a 40mm watch. I nearly bought it! Below is the Blue linen dial version pictured on the Omega website. The movement while machine finished is beautiful to look at and the same movement that is used in the CK 859 that is 39mm.
Now just need my local AD to keep me posted on when the Ck 859 will be available in the store!!
For fun here is a picture of my other two vintage watches I own.