Today's offering showcases this very cool full size Omega f300 Chronometer watch.
For the movement the company used a patented tuning fork based Accutron movement made by ESA and licensed from Bulova and finished by Omega.
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 smooth less rotary motion of the hands. At the time tuning fork watches were the most accurate timekeeping mechanisms ever devised.
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
It is 100% Omega down to the original hands, winding crown, and signed crystal and presents in gorgeous condition. The striking burgundy gradient original dial is mint. The case presents as just short of perfect mint (it may have been replated at some point).
For the finishing touch it comes equipped with a new high quality leather strap 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.
An four decade old Omega that looks almost like new!
Note: Some might be interested to note this model was worn by former NYC mayor and House of Representatives member Ed Koch - his can be viewed here.
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 built: c. 1973
Serial no.: 35,677,579
Model: Ref. MD 198.031
Functions: Hours, Minutes
Designed for: Men
Case material: Gold plated and stainless steel
Case markings (inside): Omega Watch Co, Swiss Made, Acier Inoxydable, Plaque or G 20 Microns
Case condition: Presents as mint - may have been replated at some point
Dimensions: 38mm wide (excluding crown) by 41mm long
Dial: Burgundy gradient with gold applied indices, signed Omega, original, mint condition
Hands: Original, gold batons, luminous gold batons
Movement type: Omega tuning fork caliber 1260
Jewels: 12 rubies
Band: Leather, high quality, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock crocodile and lizard straps. Please ask us if you're interested.
Width between lugs: 18mm
Crystal: Original, signed Omega, excellent condition
Warranty: 1-year warranty. Please email email@example.com 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 experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
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
We offer a 100%
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
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
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
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
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.