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#1 OFFLINE   Dr.f

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 09:25 PM

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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Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:39 PM

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

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 08:02 AM

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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Posted 23 August 2011 - 10:22 AM

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

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 10:48 AM

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.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:35 PM

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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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:50 PM

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.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 06:21 AM

View PostAgent orange, on 23 August 2011 - 09:50 PM, said:

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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Posted 24 August 2011 - 10:15 AM

View PostDr.f, on 24 August 2011 - 06:21 AM, said:

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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View PostDr.f, on 24 August 2011 - 06:21 AM, said:

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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Posted 25 September 2011 - 11:47 PM

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.

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Before :

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After refurb :

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 11:58 PM

View Postwebvan, on 25 September 2011 - 11:47 PM, said:


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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Posted 26 September 2011 - 06:37 AM

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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Posted 27 September 2011 - 04:30 PM

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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Posted 30 September 2011 - 06:30 PM

View Postwebvan, on 25 September 2011 - 11:47 PM, said:

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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Posted 01 October 2011 - 08:07 AM

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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