c.1970 Omega Seamaster - Chronograph - 'Anakin Skywalker' - Ref 145.023
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Omega Seamaster Chronograph 'Anakin Skywalker' Ref 145.023
Released together with the Omega Seamaster 'Darth Vader', the 'Anakin Skywalker' was so named for its lighter colour combination than its Sith counterpart, and has become a highly sought-after cult piece amongst collectors. Bright, funky, and chunky, the Skywalker's tungsten-coated octagonal case makes it firmly functional, but its dial really makes the whole thing "pop". The watch is an undeniable gem from a trailblazing era of watchmaking; when form and function overlapped, with larger watches becoming as much a question of iconic, colourful design as raw usability.
The octagonal case is coated in tungsten, a rare move for Omega and one which has added to the uniqueness and collectability of the model, partially due to the fact that the coating makes the case almost entirely scratch-proof. A two-part case construction, the movement is housed separately within shockproof 'O' rings, set inside the protective tungsten outer. This weighty, yet eye-catching construction brings the case size up to 44mm - certainly not on the small side, but the watch still sits very well in proportion, and is extremely comfortable to wear! Powered by the renowned Omega Caliber 861 movement, which as you will likely know was fitted to many different Omega references, the most famous being the Omega Moon watches!
What makes this watch so memorable, however, is the dial. Subtly contrasting concentric rings of vivid colour jump out from the sturdy housing, and bring the piece to life. Featuring an orange chronograph hand with solid pushers at 2:00 and 4:00, a white internal Tachymetric bezel, pale blue chapter ring and deep blue center, the dial manages to layer colours beautifully without affecting legibility. It's a funky 1970s tool watch with a rich heritage and a cult following, and has survived incredibly well to this day.
What's on offer
This Omega 'Anakin Skywalker' Seamaster 145.023 is in excellent condition. A 1970 watch, clearly the tungsten coating has done its job, as there are only microscopic signs of wear to be mentioned on the case. The case back does not show anything more than micro marks and there are no signs of wear to speak of and the HippoCampus is still as sharp as when new! The dial on this specimen is finely preserved, giving away no clues as to its age apart from mild, vintage patination on the bezel edges. The watch keeps excellent time as it was recently serviced and timed and comes with a 12 months mechanical guarantee.
The original 'Hecho en Mexico' bracelet is also in remarkable condition and is correct for this particular watch which was originally purchased by the original owner while on holiday in Mexico and then spent its life in Brazil until we purchased it recently. The bracelet is sized to fit a wrist of up to only 170mm as there are no spare links, but the watch can also be supplied on an alternative strap if your wrist is on the larger size or we can possibly swap the bracelet for a longer length Omega Ref: 1162/172 (vintage) that we have in stock as an alternative and which is also correct for this model reference! Please contact us to discuss the alternatives if you require assistance.
The watch is truly stunning and the dial in particular is still very sharp, vivid, and faithful to the watch's original condition. We will really miss this watch when it is sold as I have enjoyed owning and wearing it for a short period myself and if the last one we sold very recently is any guide then this won't be around for long!
Case: Stainless steel/Tungsten.
Crown: Signed Omega
Dial: Blue/white/orange chronograph.
Crystal: Mineral glass.
Bracelet: Omega stainless steel.
Winding: Manually wound.
Movement type: Mechanical.
Waterproof: 6 atmospheres when new.
Power reserve: 48 hours
Condition: Excellent overall condition.
Model Reference: 145.023
Date of issue: c.1970.
Supplied with a 12-month Vintage Watch Specialist guarantee.
Lug width: 22mm.
Lug height (lug to lug): 44mm
Wrist size: 19 links & adjustable (Approx. 170mm).