This early Omega quartz, made in 1973 and sold in 1979 by Watches of Switzerland, is in great condition. Model number 196.0066
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
From the serial number on the 1310 Omega 8 jewel movement we can accurately date this watch to being made in 1973. The paperwork shows that it was sold in 1979, so either year could be considered for a birth year watch.
A little context first. The first Quartz watch available for sale was the Seiko Astron, closely followed by Omega with their joint collaboration Beta 21 watches. The Beta 21 was expensive to make, so the first Omega quartz movement is the 1310 fitted in this watch. And as this movement only started in 1973, this is a very early example. Full operating instructions are available here.
This example is running correctly, with the two separate time setting functions working (you can set the hour hand independently to the minute hand, ideal for people visiting different time zones.). We have added a white leather strap, but as this watch has unusually large lugs for the period (22mm) you can have a wide choice of straps and bracelets. We have added some pics with different options if you want to be more conservative. The dial is very clean, the case has very few marks and the crystal is an Omega one (the Omega logo is over the centre of the crystal.)
This watch will be supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Please see the HD video below for more detail.
Width with crown 39.3 mm
Width without crown 37.1 mm
Between lugs 22 mm
Lug to lug length 40.8 mm
Bracelet maximum length n/a
Thickness 12.6 mm
All sizes are approximate
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