Vader" Seamaster - A Brief Overview...(Quiet
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on 29 January 2001,
- Last Revised:
25 October, 2001,23:45 GMT
[Recently in the Omega Forum a poster asked
what the dickens a "Darth Vader" Seamaster was. With
little information available about this watch I wrote
up the following brief
The Darth Vader
Seamaster is so named because I bought one and
bestowed upon it the nickname "Darth Vader" because of
it's appearance (a watch that would look completely at
home at Darth Vader's wrist)... Here is a picture of
- Since then, as I mentioned the nickname I had for
this watch on various forums, the use of this nickname
(and that of the "Anakin Skywalker Seamaster" below)
have become common parlance and it's not unusual to
see eBay and sales corner listings of either model
with these nicknames.
of Omega Seamaster "Darth Vader"
Weight is on a leather strap
- The Darth Vader
Seamaster is a case reference 145.023 that was
produced by Omega in the early 1970's (I've heard for
middle eastern markets but I can not confirm this). It
is a Seamaster c.861 (same as moonwatches of this
time) in a unique, nigh octagonally shaped case with a
black ceramic finish...
made at least One other watche in a similar case with
similar dials. The one is an interesting polished
tungstun-chrome finish with a blue/red/black dial that
I have nicknamed the Anakin Skywalker Seamaster
as this Seamaster that hasn't "turned to the dark
side", yet... =) I have also seen a model which sports
what appears to be a Gray Ceramic finish, but
otherwise looks identical to "Anakin". I'm not
entirely certain that this isn't just an trick of
light and digital photography, but I do mention it in
case people see one. Here are a couple of shots of
- Eric Katoso has
nice write up on a "Darth Vader"
Seamaster that he
owns on his
Favorite Omega's site.
I feel my example might be in a little nicer shape
than the one Eric has pictured but there are
nice additional scans located on this
page on his
- The Darth Vader
Seamaster is fairly rare, I've only seen two or three
(Eric's, mine and maybe one other). I would guess the
going rate would be around $1,000 although I paid less
for mine in November 1999. The
Anakin Skywalker Seamaster is slightly less rare, but
the value is similar to the Darth Vader.
- Here is the information
that John Diethelm sent me on my "Darth Vader"
- From: vintage information @
- Sender: John
- Subject: Chuck MADDOX / yr
enquiry dtd March 06, 2001
- Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2001
- Dear Sir,
- in reply to your above
enquiry, we have the following details from our
- OMEGA - Seamaster
- mvt N°
- manual winding chronograph
movement of caliber 861 - 17 jewels
- watch reference : ST
145.0023 - basically stainless steel case ( polished )
- tempered mineral crystal
- available also under the
same reference, but with the steel case covered with a
" hard metal - cap , then the top is " black "
- manufactured and delivered
to Singapore in January 27, 1972
- Therefore the watch
reference " ST 145.0023 " is basically the same
stainless steel case, for both versions ! The " grey "
coating might have been a case " brushed-up " to make
it look differently than for the normally polished
case...since we never had made more than these two
above versions, i.e.
- stainless steel with
- thank you for your interest
in our Brand...
- John R.
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