About This Watch:
The Omega Automatic Ref 166.0141 is full of interesting and unique details, making it stand out amongst other timepieces from this era. Based on the Geneve case of its time, with a flat front tonneau-style case in brushed stainless steel, the 166.0141 has a bezel-free case with an acrylic crystal and a notched screw-down case back. The dial on the 166.0141 features a “Guilloché-style” pattern around the dial's circumference and across the middle, with alternating black lines against the metal, creating an illusion of depth, much like a barcode.
The History: The Omega Company was started by Louis Brandt in 1848 in Le Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland. Brandt’s sons would later expand the company and manufacture their own parts, including their first mass-produced caliber movement, the Labrador, in 1884. They continued their work and made the 19-line OMEGA caliber a decade later, which gave the company its name. After the turn of the century, Omega became the official timekeeper for several sporting events, which led to their eventual selection as the single timekeeper of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1932.
The Watch: The Omega Automatic Ref 166.0141 features a 35mm stainless steel case with a domed acrylic crystal. Powered by a 17-jewel Calibre 750 movement, the 166.0141 features a day-and-date function and has a 50-hour power reserve. The silver dial features a minute track at the outer circumference, followed by the “Guilloché-style” track underneath the hour markers. The metallic hour markers have tritium lume plots at the tips. The “Guilloché” pattern also runs horizontally across the center of the dial, with an opening for the day and date window at the 3 o’clock position. The pencil-style hour and minute hands feature a black insert towards the base of each hand and a lumed insert near the pointed tips.
The Details: This Omega Automatic Ref 166.0141 dates to the production year of 1970. The case appears unpolished, with sharp case lines present, and has the original crystal with the Omega logo etching. The wear on the case and case back is consistent with the age of this timepiece and is visible in the photographs. Included with this watch is an aftermarket grey suede strap with stainless steel buckle.