Movement: Cal 1040, movement number: 35.604.491
Bracelet: 1039/4-69, fits to a +20cm wrist
Full Omega service: 2008
The Yachting is today one of the rarest vintage chronographs of Omega.
This chronograph from Omega has the reference 176.010 and was introduced
in 1973. This model was named the Yachting and was classified as part of
the Seamaster family of watches. Its inner ring permits its usage for
regatta races, so Omega targeted a specific segment of the chronograph
market with the introduction of this model.
Chronographs like the Heuer Autavia Skipper, Heuer’s Yacht Timer, the
Breitling Co-Pilot and SuperOcean, Lemania’s self-branded Regatta
Yacht Timer, Yema Yachtingraf, and Wakmann were the direct competitors
of the Omega Yachting.
Despite the plentiful competition, Omega followed a more luxurious route
than from its mainstream competitors, Heuer and Breitling.
•Firstly, It has an immaculate blue iridescent dial which creates a
much more luxurious feel. Add to this the applied markers and the
applied Omega logo.
•Secondly, its case: the case is unique for this model and its
construction helps elevate the character of the watch with its
continuous alternation of sunray-brushed and polished finishes. It is
quite chunky and measures 43mm in diameter. When we consider the case
and the dial together, we understand that the purpose of Omega was not
just to create a tool wristwatch but a luxurious item that reflected the
decade of its design and the lifestyle of the yacht-racers. This duality
was the obvious difference from other offerings in the market.
•Thirdly, another distinguishing feature was the calibre used in this
watch: calibre 1040. This actually a movement designed and build by
Lemania, and originally introduced in 1972 as Lemania calibre 1340. It
runs at 28,800bph, with 22 jewels, and has a 44-hour power reserve. Both
have a bidirectional winding system and KIF shock protection. There are
some differences however. The Omega movement is rhodium-plated, while
the Lemania movement features a grey finish. The main difference however
is that the Omega has a 24-hours indicator, placed at 9 in the second
sub dial. The Lemania calibre 1340 lacks this 24h indication.
Full service at Omega/Biel in 2008
Dial: minimal signs of aging.
Case back: shows some signs of case opener
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