The still FACTORY ORIGINAL (non-refurbished) dial has some patina. The crystal is in immaculate, scratch-free, condition. The case has some signs of wear. Please consider the pictures as well as the age of the watch. The crystal needed to be swapped in the last service.
Though the dial is still a factory-original piece, it appears to have been professionally re-lumed at some point in its life. The hands are period-correct and match the reference.
Last service in 2019. The watch movement runs perfectly and all functions work perfectly as well.
In 1957, Omega launched a series of three “Professional” watches – watches that were meant to be dedicated to a specific target group of individuals and professions: Seamaster (professional divers), Speedmaster (professional racecar drivers), and Railmaster (engineers). Whereas these three went on to gain cult followings and are survived to this day by modern models, the Ranchero, which followed one year later, remains relatively obscure. The Ranchero was billed as a 35mm entry-level timepiece and featured a snap-on caseback and dial features that borrowed heavily from the Professional trio, including triangular hour markers, a broad arrow hours hand, and Arabic numerals at 12, 3, and 9 o’clock. Powering the Ranchero was a 30mm (hence the script on the dial) Omega Cal. 267 manual movement, a family of movements lauded for their accuracy and durability that traces its lineage to the legendary 30T2. The nail in the Ranchero’s coffin was its name, which translates to “ranch hand” in Spanish. Its lack of success in Spanish-speaking markets led to its eventual discontinuation a mere year after its launch, making it a rare and collectible model. The watch we have here is a ck2990 with a factory-original dial, which appears to have been professionally re-lumed at some point in its life. The hands are period-correct and match the reference and have patinaed to a warm ochre that matches the hour markers.