Vintage Omega Seamaster Soccer Timer Chronograph Ref. 145.016 Cal. 861 - SOLD
If you’ve browsed the site, it’s pretty obvious we have a soft spot for functional vintage watches, especially chronographs. One of our favorites is the Omega Soccer timer, which was originally developed for referees of the 1970 World Cup to keep time during matches. The colorful subdials and added 45-minute indicator on the minute recorder subdial certainly made the task a bit easier in the Mexican sun that year, and the watch has lived on with collectors as a unique and purpose-built tool chronograph.
Here we have an Omega Seamaster Soccer Timer chronograph, reference 145.016-68 with a 30.5 million serial number dating production to approximately 1969. Save a replacement OEM crystal, this watch appears completely original.
Take a look at our detailed photos and the condition rundown below.
Case: 38mm case (exc. crown) in outstanding condition. The case is unpolished and retains its original finish with incredibly sharp lines throughout. Crown and pushers also appear original to the watch.
Dial/Hands: Original dial and handset are in very good condition as shown. The grey dial has a killer even patina to the hour markers and all of the signature colorful accents retain their color and vibrance. The original hands are also in very good condition, with intact original tritium lume.
Caseback: Original Seamaster caseback marked 145.016-68 inside, with excellent crisp engravings on the outside. Some wear and tool marks are present as pictured.
Crystal: Newly fitted OEM Omega acrylic crystal.
Movement: Original Caliber 861 hand-wound chronograph movement in excellent condition with the watch keeping excellent time and all functions working as they should. The service history is unknown.
Bracelet/Strap: Like new brown leather strap with stainless steel buckle as shown in the photos.
Accessories: None. Sold as watch only.