For some reason I’ve recently become fond of the Omega “Mariner” watches of the late great 70s so I thought I’d put my notes together not having found an existing article on the subject.
Here’s what I have so far :
1. Mariner (I) : Mens Cal. 1310 – Ladies Cal. 1320
2. Mariner II : Mens Cal. 1320 – Ladies Cal. 1320
3. Mariner III (?) – Mens Cal. 1343
…and of course the great mighty : OMC
Let’s dig in with the appropriate quotes from Omega’s vintage site, currently being refurbished, but still available in its old version.
1. Mariner (I) :
Case ref. (watchhead) = 196.0054
Case : octogonal (11,7 x 39 x 42 mm), with 4 screws on bezel and Omega Quartz plate at 6 o’clock.
Bracelet : stainless steel, integrated, ref. 1268/241
International Collection : 1975-1981
Swiss retail price (1977) : CHF 1’000.-
Notes : there were some variations with a SS bezel and Quartz/Omega “plaque” and some certified as chronometers (Red Emblem)
I saw this one on eBay and I can’t find it on Omega’s vintage site oddly enough
Some info :
- Caliber 1320 (like the Mariner II)
- Dimensions : 35mm x 31mm
- Reference : ST 396.0842
- Case : 196.0056
- Dates : model below is from 1976
2. Mariner II
Case : rectangular (11,1 x 29 x 39 mm), stainless steel with 14K solid gold bezel and plate, with attached SS bracelet of ref. ST 1267/241 or leather strap of 19 mm lug-size.
Case ref. = ST 196.0050
International Collection : 1976-1980
Swiss retail price (1976) : CHF 990.- (on steel bracelet)
(Picture by Omegary)
b. Ladies (?)
Case : octogonal (10,8 x 30 x 36 mm), with 14K yellow gold bezel and plate.
For SS bracelet of ref. 5942/241 or leather straps of 19 mm lug-size.
Case ref. : 196.0055
International Collection : 1976-1978
Swiss retail price (1977) : CHF 856.- (on leather) or CHF 990.- (on SS bracelet)
2. Mariner III
I’m calling it III because of its appearance but it is not its official name and again it’s nowhere to be found on Omega’s vintage site.
Some info :
- Caliber 1343
- Date : 1979 for that particular model (45281624)
- Dimensions : 40mm x 31mm
- Reference : ST 398.0854
- Case : 198.0019
…and the mighty OMC (Omega Marine Chronometer)
seen next to the Mariner II (picture by S.L.)
Looking forward to your comments !