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Here we have an Omega Seamaster Soccer Timer chronograph, reference 145.016-68 with a 284XXXXX serial number dating production to approximately 1968. The Soccer Timer was originally developed for referees of the 1970 World Cup to keep time during the 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.
This Seamaster Soccer Timer 145.016 is in outstanding condition and is an excellent collectible example of the reference. It's quite clearly unpolished and retains its original circular grain on the case with bright polished chamfers, and has a flawless original tritium dial.
Take a look at our detailed photos and the condition rundown below.
Case: 38mm case (exc. crown) in outstanding condition. 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 in mint condition. The dial shows no spotting or discoloration and is a very clean white. The red and black accents are bright and vibrant with crisp, sharp printing. The hands are original black and white with a darker patina to the tritium, and some light lume loss in the minute hand. Running seconds hand is black, chronograph minutes and hour hands are white to provide contrast. The chronograph seconds hand is the original bright orange.
Caseback: Original Seamaster caseback marked 145.016-68 inside, with excellent crisp engravings on the outside.
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.
Bracelet/Strap: A new vintage style brown leather strap.
Accessories: None. Sold as watch and strap only.
$3250 shipped insured FedEx overnight CONUS via PayPal or wire (3% discount for wire). US sale preferred, international sales will pay the cost of shipping. Face to face in the Boston area also welcome. I have many references available. Please feel free to ask any questions. Thanks for looking!