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OMEGA Constellation
396.0802 Electroquartz “f8192Hz”

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€ 12.500

This model is an extremely rare example of Omega Electroquartz f8192Hz in solid yellow gold.

It has an asymmetrical case which improves the legibility of the watch on the wrist, similarly to the driver’s pieces produced in the 1930’s.

The crown is on the left side of the case to increase the comfort.

The dial, made of solid gold as confirmed by the “OM” (for “or massif”) on each side of the Swiss made signature at 6 o’clock, adds the final touch of luxury to the piece It has a red date wheel and red seconds hand with black enamel hour and minute hands.

The watch is in like unworn condition. The semi-integrated (detachable) yellow gold bracelet is perfect.

Note: these watches had a hefty price of 2200 USD at time of introduction, wereas a steel Speedmaster had a 180 USD price and a steel Beta 21 around 600 USD…

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About this watch

This model is an extremely rare example of Omega Electroquartz f8192Hz in solid yellow gold.

It has an asymmetrical case which improves the legibility of the watch on the wrist, similarly to the driver’s pieces produced in the 1930’s.

The crown is on the left side of the case to increase the comfort.

The dial, made of solid gold as confirmed by the “OM” (for “or massif”) on each side of the Swiss made signature at 6 o’clock, adds the final touch of luxury to the piece It has a red date wheel and red seconds hand with black enamel hour and minute hands.

The watch is in like unworn condition. The semi-integrated (detachable) yellow gold bracelet is perfect.

Note: these watches had a hefty price of 2200 USD at time of introduction, wereas a steel Speedmaster had a 180 USD price and a steel Beta 21 around 600 USD…

Watchfid Score

9,8 / 10

About the Model

In the early 1970s, the watch world was about to be blown away by the cheap Japanese quartz watches. 20 Swiss watch companies collaborated together to create the Beta 21 movement. Swiss watch manufacturers were hoping their version of quartz technology would be their silver bullet against the imminent threat that was the Japanese quartz movements developed by Seiko. The Swiss conglomerate was composed of Bulova, IWC, JLC, Longines, Patek Philippe, Rolex and most famously Omega.

As mentioned in the Omega documentation from the early 1970s, this caliber is called “f8192Hz” because it is controlled by a tiny bar of quartz which, when stimulated by an electric current from its mercury power cell, vibrates precisely at 8,192 times per second. The significance of high speed vibration is simply this: the more finely it splits the second, the more accurate the watch becomes. A micro-miniaturised integrated circuit reduces the 8,192 vibrations to the slow pace of the hands of the watch and the practical result is a degree of accuracy unprecedented in modern timekeeping: within 5 seconds a month.

About the Brand

In 1848, Louis Brandt founded a company in La Chaux-de-Fonds which would become Omega. In the 1880s, the Louis Brandt & Fils company moved to its current site in Bienne and in 1894 the caliber Omega was created, which would give its name to the company. Renowned for its precise, innovative and affordable watches, it became the largest supplier of watches to the British Army during World War II. It also became the first company to time the Olympic Games in 1932. Among its range of numerous professional watches, the Speedmaster became the first watch worn on the moon in 1969.

Services Included

Watchfid Certification Report: Yes

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Watchfid Digital Certificate: Yes

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Watchfid Appraisal Book: No

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Extract of Archives: No

On request and when available, an extract of the archives from the manufacturer can be obtained.