Today's offering showcases this classic and full size Certified Pre-Owned example of a vintage tuning fork Electronic Constellation. Its technology was so advanced at the time that it had to be kept from the Russians...
Launched in 1960, the Accutron was the world's first fully electric watch and at the time the most accurate timekeeping mechanism ever devised. They are remarkable watches with a fascinating story.
The tuning fork technology was so accurate that NASA used it for timing for new satellites and for timekeeping in their spacecraft. The U.S. government even asked Bulova to delay the release of their cutting edge new watches for fear the technology might fall into the hands of the Russians. An Accutron watch movement sits on the moon's Sea of Tranquility today, in an instrument placed there in 1969 by Apollo 11 astronauts.
These watches use a battery driven tuning fork whose vibrations are converted by a special index mechanism into an almost smoothless rotary motion of the hands. At the time tuning fork watches were the most accurate timekeeping mechanisms ever devised.
While Bulova patented the tuning fork based movement made by ESA often associated with its Accutron brand, they also licensed it for a brief period of time to a few other companies like Omega.
While several different Omega models utilized this movement, this example was part of the company's flagship Constellation line. The Constellation represents style, luxury, attention to detail, robust function, and most of all, superior precision. Elegant and stately, it is suitable for both casual and professional dress.
Here are some of the watch's features:
- Originally guaranteed to be 99.9977% accurate on your wrist (not just in a laboratory) - Accurate to within a minute a month
- Durable and simple - its few moving parts don't require usual watch maintenance and repair
- It never needs winding - a remarkable feat over forty years ago
- Full size - it is larger than most Constellations from the era, measuring 37mm in diameter, larger than a Rolex Datejust
It has all of its original parts and has just finished a true expertly done restoration. The photos couldn't begin to do it justice! The condition of the watch itself presents as 9.7 or 9.8 out of 10. Its original bracelet has fairly mild stretch - its finish presents as mint.
Its case presents as gorgeous mint on the wrist with sharp lug chamfers. On the wrist the case presents like new. Its untouched dial and hands are mint as well. Its original dial has been meticulously custom refinished in a Tiffany robin's egg blue color - the printing could pass as Omega factory done to the naked eye.
A Master Watchmaker has installed a new battery and performed any needed servicing.
For the finishing touch, it has been meticulously detailed making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers who specialize in vintage watches all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center.
An four decade old Omega that looks almost like new!
Omega watches can be found on the wrists of many prominent figures including Pierce Brosnan, Michael Schumacher, Michael Phelps, Ernie Els, and Prince William, and one graced the wrist of President John F. Kennedy. Omega has been the official timekeeper for 21 Olympic Games and is the official chronometer of NASA.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Year made: c. early 1970's
Model: Electronic Constellation, Ref. 198.741
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds, Date
Designed for: Men
Case material: Stainless steel
Dimensions: 37mm diameter (excluding crown), 42.5mm lug tip-to-tip
Case condition: Gorgeous mint. The lugs have crisp chamfers. On the wrist it presents like new.
Dial: Tiffany blue / turquoise with steel baton indexes topped with black, signed Omega Constellation, meticulously custom refinished
Hands: Original, blackened steel batons
Band: Original, signed Omega, steel, sized to fit a wrist up to approx. just over 8 inches, adjustable, has fairly mild to moderate stretch - the finish presents as mint
Movement type: Omega caliber 1250 based on ESA ebauche, tuning fork regulated, rhodium plated, 12 jewels
Crystal: Mint condition
Servicing: A Master Watchmaker has installed a new battery and performed any needed servicing.
Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. international warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers who specialize in vintage watches all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
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satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
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watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
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Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.