The Alveoles name is not a Seamaster model we have heard of before, but they do remind us of certain other watches.  Model reference 396.0908


From the serial number on the case back we can accurately date this watch to being  in 1979.  According to the Omega website this was launched in the 1980 International collection and ran for three years.


Until we put the reference number into the Omega website we had never heard of the Alveoles model.  The name doesn’t features on the watch, just Seamaster 120M, so maybe we should move on from the name.  The bracelet has more than a little of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, except on the far more expensive Royal Oak the links are 18k gold and not plated.  Other Omega watches of the time used similar bracelets, as did the Bulova ‘Royal Oak’ that now fetch comparative fortunes.   These look-a-likey bracelets all popped up around the same time, and then all stopped suddenly, so we guess a cease and desist order from Audemars Piguet landed on a few chief executives desks!  Other Omega that use the same design are the Mayol dive watches, which regularly fetch £3-4,000.  We have found an example of the same Alveoles reference we have here that sold at Bonhams in 2021 for £1,275.

The dial and hands are very good on this example, as is the glass.  The bracelet has been cleaned in our ultrasonic bath, and is long enough for most wrists.  The movement is Omega’s 1342 calibre, a sophisticated quartz movement with 13 jewels and quick set hour which adjusts separately to the minute hand for ease of time changes when travelling.  We will install a brand new battery before sending the watch out to the new owner.  The case has a little wear to the gold plated bezel, and the original crown has lost its gold plating completely but is still functional – this is vital and shown in the video.

This watch will be supplied with our branded presentation box and our Certificate of Authenticity.

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Width with crown  40.5 mm

Width without crown  37.0 mm

Lug to lug length  40.9 mm

Case Thickness  8.7 mm

Bracelet will fit a maximum wrist size of 188 mm.

All sizes are approximate.

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