I just finished servicing this unique, North American market Omega "Automatic" from 1965. These watches were assembled in North America with US made cases and imported Swiss made movements. This particular example uses the popular Caliber 550 automatic wind movement and a 10k Gold Filled "Jonell Watch Company" case. The import company Norman Morris Watch Co. assembled them in North America, allowing Omega to avoid heavy taxation laws on imported precious metals and Swiss assembled watches. The particular Jonell Watch Co. trademark on the case back indicates this would have been a watch sold in the Canadian market.
The watch is beautiful and best of all, completely original. I have replaced the acrylic crystal (with a generic one which is appropriate because these imported Omegas did not have signed crystals) and sourced a new, original and proper crown and gasket. The dial is original and extremely clean, and the case is sharp and attractive, with few marks of wear. I have serviced the movement, and it runs eagerly and accurately.
Overall this is a very clean, handsome watch and a neat bit of Omega history, offered for a great price compared to similar looking Seamasters of the period.
Movement: Type: Automatic Wind, Cal 550, 17 jewels Case: 34.5mm (not including crown) 10k Gold Filled case and Stainless Steel back Bracelet: Hirsch alligator embossed leather strap