Project Description

Omega Seamaster Montreal Albatros – 1976 Olympics £1795

The Omega Seamaster “Albatros” Montreal 1976, one of OMEGA’s most renowned and unusual timepieces.

The watch was one of the first quartz watches produced by Omega to celebrate the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

Only 15,000 pieces were made from 1976 to 1978.

With its innovative 1611 calibre, only ever used in this watch- the first chronograph in the world to combine an analogue display for the time and a digital display for the chronograph, each working independently but running on the same 32khz quartz resonator.

This is a big watch. It weighs 152 grams, and the width is 51mm. Still very comfortable and sits on the wrist well – so you don’t need to be brave to wear it!

This example is in excellent condition. Any 45-year-old watch of this size and heft will have the odd scratch or dent, but it’s still in great shape. The sapphire crystal is pretty clean and the bracelet doesn’t have excessive play and is sharp too. Most importantly, all the pushers/functions work as they should. The only very small defect is the bottom LCD display ‘bleeds’ on one digit when displaying a 1, 4 or 7. It is very slight (see example photo).

The design of the watch remains very distinctive from the case to the integral solid link bracelet (with its deployment clasp it fits wrists up to 22 cm). The case back has both the Seamaster hippocampus and the Olympic crest.
The chronograph module is controlled by three round pushers on the left side of the case and the analogue time and date are adjusted by the crown.

It also comes with a 1970s Omega velvet box.

When new in 1976, the watch cost £375; by contrast Omega’s more famous Speedmaster 145.022 cost £175. This made the Chrono-Quartz very expensive in comparison to Omega’s other chronographs.

We would love to sell this amazing timepiece for £375, we can’t but it’s still worth every penny!

We work hard to ensure you are pleased with your purchase, both before and after the sale. Contact us to request any additional information.

Dispatch: We aim to dispatch items within 1-2 days of receipt of payment.

The delivery method can vary depending on the value of the watch. All watches are sent fully insured usually using UPS.

All watches sold without an original box will still be dispatched with a ChronoDuo presentation box.

Warranty: All timepieces purchased from us come with a guarantee of authenticity and our 12-month time-keeping warranty. Please note that accidental damage or damage to the item resulting from third-party repairs, improper handling, or liquid damage will void our warranty. We do not guarantee any of our watches to be waterproof.

Specs

  • Brand: Omega

    Reference: ST 196.0052

    Case Material:  Stainless Steel

    Case Width:  47mm

    Lug to Lug:

    Case Thickness:

    Bezel: Stainless Steel

    Case Back: Screwed

    Crown: Original

    Lug width:  20mm

    Crystal: Sapphire

    Calibre: 1611 Quartz, Frequency – 32Hz

    Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Chronograph, Split Seconds, Date.

    Strap: Original Stainless Steel

    Box & Papers: Box! 

    Water Resistance: We do not guarantee any of our watches to be waterproof.

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