The Megaquartz Has Arrived

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Something in the early quartz story seemed to fire my imagination eventually leading to me buying this Omega Constellation Megaquartz off eBay. It seems fairly original but I haven't checked the timekeeping thoroughly yet. Here's some pics.

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I got my watch guy to take the back off so here's the movement. It's a cal 1310, I'm not sure if you can see it from the photo. Next pic.

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The case feels really solid as it should do, hewn from a bit of solid steel. I particularly like the contrast between the round face and square case. The case has quite a few marks from its 30 years of use. The crystal and dial look good. Next pic.

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I think the strap is original and it looks like it needs a bit of refurb. It may need a service in time. I have seen STS recommended; any other suggestions?

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Does the strap say Omega on it? Oh, what year is it?

Later,

William

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Strap has number 1246 stamped onto it but no letters.Buckle has omega logo on it .I'm afraid didn't make note of movement number so don't know year(yes,silly i guess but was only looking at cal. no.)

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Very nice, well done. I believe that Paul on this forum (Silver Hawk) also services Megaquartz - comes highly recommended.

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Very nice Dr.f :)

Here's my example.

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Model no. 196.0015

Movement cal.1310

The original straps came in leather, sharkskin and alligator and unfortunately are very difficult to find these days, as are the clasps.

Cheers,

Gary

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That case looks in great condition.I think mine is on an original omega strap but i've recently acquired another megaquartz (bought by mistake off e bay !!) which i'd like to put on an original omega so that gives me something to look for.

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Thanks Dr.f :)

I had the case and bracelet gently refurbished a year or so ago by my local watch guy.

Your strap is definitely an Omega but unfortunately it's not the correct one for your MQ. It should match the case width at the lugs, here's mine by way of an example. This was the watch before refurbishment btw.

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The straps are usually marked 1216 and the clasps No.27. HTH.

Cheers,

Gary

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Thanks Dr.f :)

I had the case and bracelet gently refurbished a year or so ago by my local watch guy.

Your strap is definitely an Omega but unfortunately it's not the correct one for your MQ. It should match the case width at the lugs, here's mine by way of an example. This was the watch before refurbishment btw.

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The straps are usually marked 1216 and the clasps No.27. HTH.

Cheers,

Gary

Thats interesting.I had looked on net and asked on TZ but had'nt got any info yet.I guess i can't complain for £200 off e bay.Do you know where strap 1246 should be?

Looks like i've got something else now to keep an eye out for.

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Do you know where strap 1246 should be?

I've no idea I'm afraid. At a guess I'd say it was for a smaller Omega from the same period, maybe a Megasonic.

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Looks like i've got something else now to keep an eye out for.

Therein the madness lies :D

Cheers,

Gary

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Mine is a 1229 but impossible to find, been looking for a couple of years so I'm thinking of going with the bracelet for my own MQ, reference should be 1239/202 and 1210/202 should work too.

Strap :

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Before :

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After refurb :

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After refurb :

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That's one fine refurb job. Truly amazing...

Must have been quite pricey, but well worth it.

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That refurb is really impressive.Mine has gone to Swiss Time Services for full refurb and NOS strap , should get it back in a few weeks so i'll post some pics then.

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Looking forward to your pictures.

Yes that refurb was superb and the most amazing part is that I'd sent it in to a friend to have the movement tweaked (there was something wrong with the seconds hand) and it came back looking pretty different...needless to say I owe him a big one ;-)

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Mine is a 1229 but impossible to find, been looking for a couple of years so I'm thinking of going with the bracelet for my own MQ, reference should be 1239/202 and 1210/202 should work too.

Strap :

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Before :

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After refurb :

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Thats a nice watch pal.

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They look nice, but I feel that the whole point of an Omega is the beautifully crafted movement. Housing quartz movements behind classic dials and in superb bodies seems to defeat the point... or am I on my own? What do others think?

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They look nice, but I feel that the whole point of an Omega is the beautifully crafted movement. Housing quartz movements behind classic dials and in superb bodies seems to defeat the point... or am I on my own? What do others think?

There's beauty in quartz movements too particularly the earlier ones. Their early/ pioneering technology & the way they were constructed is what adds to their beauty for me.

People tend to think now of quartz as cheap & mechanical as expensive. Go back 30-40 years & the opposite was true.

Dave :)

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Heard from STS today,watch will be back with me next week so watch this space!!!

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My watch has now returned from STS and as promised here are pictures of it post-refurb. It had a complete movement service with case polishing, new crystal, new pushers, new crown and they also sourced and fitted a new genuine Omega calf leather strap. I must say I am very happy with it and feel it was well worth the money. Here's the pics.

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Well, that's all for now.

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Wow, looks great, well worth it indeed! The strap looks like the one that CousinsUK have, I was about to pull the trigger on it the other day but found a NOS 1239/202 bracelet for my Seamaster Megaquartz. What was the ballpark price for the restoration? I assume it would be less than the £700 they charge for the MQ 2.4Mhz.

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Not cheap,including strap it was £520.A lot but it does look like new and is guarenteed for 2 years.

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Looks stunning, one to keep!

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Very nice indeed Dr f, congratulations :hi:

Here's my example which now resides on an original shark skin strap with deployment.

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Quartz of this vintage are in a totally different league to the rather disposable offerings of today. They really were built incredibly well and to an extremely high standard. I guess the fact that so many are still going strong 40 years later is testament to this. to I really must wear it more often.

Cheers,

Gary

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After refurb :

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That's one fine refurb job. Truly amazing...

Must have been quite pricey, but well worth it.

Awesome MegaQuartz... I am leaqrning so much in this Forum, thanks guys. :rltrlt:

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a good buy at that price. Im very sceptical of buying vintage watches from ebayers.. But cant help trawling

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Yes ,its fun,but in my experience sevicing costs for these watches quickly exceed purchase price so it helps to bear that in mind.

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