Vintage Omega Seamaster Electronic f300 Chronometer Ref.198.001 c.1972

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The Watch

Like many other watch manufacturers in the 1970s, Omega employed the ESA 9162 tuning fork movement in many of their watches. Rebadged as the Omega 1250 that we have here.

The ESA 9162 movement is often considered the “Rolls Royce” of tuning fork movements. They were designed by Max Hetzel, who had previously worked for Bulova; he was also responsible for the Accutron 214. In May 1972, ESA also released a chronograph version of these tuning fork movements; it was known as the ESA 9210 and was used in the Omega Speedsonic range of watches.

The Omega watches employing these tuning fork movements were usually referred to as the ‘Omega f300’ models reflecting the frequency of the tuning fork.


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The Specs

Age: c.1972.
Reference: 198.001.
Movement: Electronic Tuning Fork with Sweep Seconds and Date Wheel.
Calibre: 1250.
Timekeeping: Very good.
Service History: New Battery May 2023.
Dial: Original Omega Factory Dial.
Case: Stainless Steel.
Measurements: without/with Crown: 36.5mm/38.7mm End to End: 42mm
Bezel: Solid.
Water Resistant?: No.
Hands: Original.
Crystal: Original Omega crystal.
Crown: Original Signed Omega Crown. 
Strap/Bracelet: New 19mm Brown Genuine Leather Strap with Stainless Steel buckle.
Lug Width: 19mm

Getting Acquainted

Bits that stand out:
- Very Clean Example. 
- Date Wheel.
- Tuning Fork Movement.
-Fantastic Value.
-Seamaster Hippocampus to the Caseback.

Nitty Gritty:
- Some minor age related marks to Case with Two Dings to the Lug.
- Some Marks to the Omega Crystal.

Overall the Seamaster is in smashing Vintage condition.
The Dial is in a lovely condition.
Steel Case is in good nick with some minor marks.
The caseback is beautiful.
The Crown is signed Omega and is original.
Crystal is signed Omega and is original. There are some small marks to the bottom.
Hands are in nice order.
Photographed on a 7in Wrist.