The Calypso was an unusual model at the time, very large for the day and expensive.  It includes a 17 jewel quartz movement with an hour hand that can be set separately to the minute hand, and it can also be finely adjusted.


From the serial number on the movement we can date this watch to being  made in 1982.  The paperwork, which came with the watch, quotes a different movement number (also made in 1982).  This is either a mistake made at the jewellers, or the watch has had a replacement movement from the same year (the caseback has a stain on it, as if a cell had leaked.  This makes us think the replacement movement theory is more likely).  The model number, 396.0929,  matches perfectly.  The watch was sold in 1989.


The case and bracelet are in very good condition.  Some Calypso models had a black PVD coating, which didn’t stand up to the test of time well.  The dial is very clean, and the lume plots have turned a lovely cream colour.  The plot at 1 does show some crazing.  The sapphire crystal is perfect.  We are trying to confirm if the bezel is 18kt gold or gold capped, as some reports suggest.  The model can be found on Omega’s website here.  This is a fine example of a good watch, with a full sized bracelet.

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Approximately 41.0 mm wide including the signed crown, 8.1 mm thick.  Takes a 20 mm strap.  The bracelet will fit a maximum wrist size of approximately 193 mm, with the extra links able to add a further 14mm


£ SOLD including 3 months guarantee and free delivery to UK addresses.