1970 Omega Seamaster Banana Leased To Mad Men


This is an extremely clean and uncommon Omega Seamaster 200m dive watch from 1970 (with 30 million serial) we call the “Banana 200.” I coined the name of this watch the “Banana 200” about seven years ago here at Watches To Buy and it seems to have stuck! We have sold more of these than any other dealer in the world. This (actual) watch was leased by us to Mad Men for season 7 but we are not sure if it appeared on camera. These dials were also originally printed in grey and in black configurations, which we named the “Poppy 200” with all variations being quite uncommon. French military divers were known to wear these watches. The massive case measures 41mm not including the crown. The vibrant and original rotating bezel clicks one step at a time and is as fine as we have ever found. This bezel is not available (new) from Omega anymore, and has not been for years. We have seen these watches with destroyed acrylic bezels. Finding a decent bezel installed on an a Seamaster 200 is very difficult. The dial and hands are completely original including the matching vanilla-toned lume. Usually, we find these with factory replacement dial and hands. You will often see a darkening on the outer edge of the dial on these original-dial watches due to the old seals breaking down, such as seen on this example. The seal has been removed and cleaned up. The original screw-down crown is present. The mineral glass crystal is scratchless and recently replaced by our Omega watchmaker. The caliber 565 was the only movement used in these Omegas, which is a very robust automatic. The movement has a swan’s neck regulation; this one was cleaned and is accurate. The other special part of this watch is the very clean case, due to the fact that this watch was polished properly by Omega Toronto.

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