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BIRTHDAY WATCH IS A WATCH THAT WAS PRODUCED THE SAME MONTH AND YEAR AS SOMEONE'S BIRTHDAY.
Model: Omega Tank Lady Series
Year of Production: 1966
Movement: 484 Ref: 511.163
Number of Jewels: 17
Hand and Dial: 3D Baton Indices and Hands
Lug Width: 13mm
Strap: Hi-Quality Jewelry Designed Vintage SS Bracelet with Clasp
Pouch / Box: Brand-New EVA Type Zipper Pouch
Warranty: 6 month in-house warranty for servicing
This Omega Lady Tank Cal 484 Ref: 511.163 is an extremely rare timepiece produced by Swiss luxury watchmaker Omega. The Tank design is known for its elegant and timeless design, focusing on classic aesthetics and understated luxury.
During the quartz revolution of the 1970s, Omega adapted by incorporating quartz movements into their range of watches. This period saw the introduction of both analog and digital quartz models, reflecting the changing preferences of the era. However, in the 1990s, Omega refocused on mechanical movements and traditional craftsmanship.
The Tank design also offers a range of watches designed specifically for women. These models often feature smaller case sizes, intricate detailing, and a mix of materials and precious stones.
Here we have an overhauled 1966 Omega Lady Tank Cal 484 Ref: 511.163 Mechanical Watch in near mint condition.
A good and thorough clean-up revealed a beautifully preserved silver sunburst dial, 3D baton Indices and hands.
Its classy and stylish tank shaped case was buffed as best as possible without compromising its shape, lines albeit a few minor scratches that are barely noticeable to the naked eye. The crystal is original and is constructed from mineral glass.
The crown is located at the traditional 3H position and is easily accessible.
The movement was carefully stripped and meticulously cleaned via ultrasonic immersion, oiled, re-assembled, and calibrated on 28 December 2023. In short, it was given an overhaul and not a general servicing. It should be able to operate unhindered for the next 5 to 10 years thereby giving the owner peace of mind.
Equipped with the high grade and highly prized 484 movement made from copper-plated beryllium-bronze, it has 17 Jewels and operate at 19,800 beats per hour (BPH) giving it excellent accuracy and longevity. The time-grapher, after 60 hours of calibration, shows stunning readings i.e. rate of -3 seconds every 24 hours and amplitude of 236 with a relatively straight and centered line! Such readings are truly exceptional even by brand new modern automatic watch standards whereby the accepted tolerance is -20 to +40 seconds a day! This is a testament to the quality, excellent power reserve and longevity for such a vintage timepiece, and of course the meticulous care provided over the years, and expert calibration.
The case width and height are approximately 16.5mm (without crown) and 28.5mm respectively. The lug width is 13mm and the bracelet can accommodate wrists up to 16.0cm.
The timepiece comes with a hi-quality jewellery designed vintage SS bracelet that also underwent an ultrasonic cleaning and buff. This watch original came with a leather strap that no longer exists.
To the best of our knowledge and expertise when overhauling the timepiece, the watch is 100% original Omega components from this particular watch. No parts were replaced with aftermarket parts or modified thereby it is considered in near MINT condition.
Due to its age, this timepiece has not been water-resistant tested.
The pictures provided shows the watch in mint condition. It has also been demagnetised to improve parts reliability, minimise wear & tear, and improve accuracy. The only drawback is the lack of documentation and original box. An aftermarket box or purposeful carrying case will be provided instead.
Bear in mind that this watch has seen many of the previous owners’ ups and downs in life, and should be cherished and preserved for the next generation to savour such engineering beauty.
Yes, there are many other same / similar models in the market, BUT none as beautifully aged and as well maintained as what you see here. Another no-brainer is the fact that the value of this watch will appreciate over time.
Do also bear in mind that it will cost between S$ 200.00 to S$ 250.00 for an Omega overhaul, an estimated S$ 100.00 to calibrate, and S$ 120.00 to clean, polish and tighten the bracelet links of this watch - these costs do not apply when purchasing this timepiece. So, if anyone was to sell such a timepiece at a low price yet claim that it has been serviced, one has to ask what kind of servicing was conducted, if any.
This is a beautiful timepiece that would make a beautiful present for that special someone born in 1966.
This is a must-have for the Omega die-hard fan, and in fact, any serious watch collector for that matter!