Introducing the Omega f300 198.001
The Omega f300 198.001 model is a Tuning Fork watch, these are unique watches as they work in a unique way. They work using a tuning fork frequency, yes that’s correct, the watch uses a tuning fork as its prime moving element. This technology was developed by Bulova, and their watches are known as “Accutrons“. These watches are a piece of horological history, and not only are they very accurate and easily achieve Chronometer status. Also they are still very affordable, which is excellent news for the discerning collector. I do not buy watches as an investment, but I also do not buy to lose money either. Top tip I predict these watches to gain in value quite considerable over the next decade! You heard it here first!
My Omega f300 198.001
My Omega f300 198.001,“Tuning Fork” the f300 is the frequency that the tuning fork works or hums hence the affectionate name given to them “Hummers”. The watch I own has an Omega 1250 calibre ESA 9162 date only these calibres were designed by Max Hetzel who previously worked for Bulova who designed the Accutron 214.
The ESA 9162 movements are considered the “Rolls Royce” of tuning fork movements. Omega, like many other watchmakers allocated their own calibre numbers to these movements: Omega Calibre 1250 = ESA 9162 date only, Omega Calibre 1260 = ESA 9164 day/date.
Omega f300 198.001 Design
The Omega f300 198.001 are a timeless design aesthetically and still look excellent today in my opinion, today stainless steel models tend to be more collectable. Back in the 1970’s Gold watches were the watch to own, and cost more that the stainless models on sale. Unfortunately a lot of the gold plated models have worn poorly over time and can look a little shabby. Omega in their wisdom not only sold solid Gold and plated models, but also Gold capped models like the watch I own, or Gold dipped as they are also known. This method involved a watch with a stainless steel base to be dipped, therefore the 14 k gold covering was thicker and vastly superior to gold plated. I must admit I was very pleased to find this model with the original crystal, and crown with the Omega logo, in such sublime condition, considering it was made in 1972.
Omega f300 198.001 Back-case
The back-case has the Seamaster logo the Hippocampus. It also provides a great opportunity how the 14 k Gold capping/dipping looks as the under lugs/case are stainless steel and the sides are 14K gold capped. This is an excellent way to know the difference between solid gold, and gold plating. Also on the inside of the back-case it will state CD 198.001, 198.001 is the model number the CD meaning gold capped. At least in Electronic watches.
If you are looking to service/repair your Tuning Fork watch I would highly recommend Paul from Electric Watches UK.
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