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Omega Ranchero 30mm CK2990 ‘Broad Arrow’   Sold

Reference/Model: 2990-1

Case: All Stainless Steel

Dimensions: 36mm excluding signed crown

Function: Dressy

Caliber: Omega cal. 267 Manual Wind

Strap: Original 18mm beads of rice Omega Nº12

            stainless steel bracelet

OMEGA launched the Ranchero watch in 1958 and it features many similar characteristics to the Speedmaster (CK2915), Railmaster (CK2914), and Seamaster (CK2913), most notably the Broad Arrow hands and black matte dial. Produced during 1957 and 1958, it is said that this model did not go over well in Spanish speaking countries because the translation of Ranchero is “ranch hand” and many potential customers were not intrigued by this. As for this, Omega stopped production on 1958 and for 1959 all examples were sold. These very few examples that survived are increasingly being hunted down by astute collectors.

 

This particular example we have here is in flawless condition. The black dial is perfect, as well as the radium markers on it. The original broad arrow hands have radium too, that matches perfectly with that on the dial. The unpolished stainless steel case remains thick and sharp. The case back has some marks due to normal wear but remains in very good shape too. This piece has the original Omega signed acrylic crystal and crown. It is mounted on a correct 16 million serial cal. 267 that is running strong and keeping time.

 

According to the Extract of Archives from OMEGA MUSEUM, the present watch was manufactured on December 17th, 1958 and delivered to Austria. Of course, this is included.

 

Furthermore, these Rancheros, as they were the cheap option back in the days (compared to the other three CK’s), came on leather straps, however, the Omega beads of rice bracelets were offered by the dealer as an accessory, that’s why they are often seen on these. Well, this one is paired with it too.