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The Omega F300 Cone Topic

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Here's mine, the case back no. is 198.012 and it also has a hand etched number in there.

It has had a hard life and needed some serious cleaning when I got it.  I have also put it on a leather strap, which I don't like, as the original strap is too wee for my wrist, I am considering sending it away to the folk that serviced my Seamaster (2006,Casino Royale 007 edition) to see if they can give it a new crystal. and a good clean up.  I don't really want the dial re-finished as the original lined texture is pretty good under that scratched crystal.

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On 1/19/2016 at 14:30, Biker said:

Here's mine, the case back no. is 198.012 and it also has a hand etched number in there.

It has had a hard life and needed some serious cleaning when I got it.  I have also put it on a leather strap, which I don't like, as the original strap is too wee for my wrist, I am considering sending it away to the folk that serviced my Seamaster (2006,Casino Royale 007 edition) to see if they can give it a new crystal. and a good clean up.  I don't really want the dial re-finished as the original lined texture is pretty good under that scratched crystal.

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That is a beauty. 

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This i my f300 "cone" There is some color lost around the lumespots? Have no idea why this is but have seen other watches with the same problem.GivW4DO.jpg

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15 hours ago, rogart said:

That is a beauty. 

There are better on here, but thanks anyway.:thumbsup:

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A couple of notes:

1. The 198.012 had a case variation with a very fine impressed line pattern. Not polished, but not also the "tree bark" look of later variants. It's fine enough that if you don't have great near vision, you might think it was polished - and one good polishing would take it completely off. Biker's watch shows that pattern. I thought I had lost this on mine but can see it under a hard halogen lamp (diffuse winter lighting not so well...).

2. The color loss around the markers is the tritium luminous paint attracting moisture and burning the dial surface. If it's not too bad (i.e., it doesn't extend too far to either side of the marker), you can have the watch relumed to cover that. SL C3 Grade A looks great. On later versions, they moved the lume to the cutouts on those same markers.

3. With the 198.012 and 13, I have seen these variants

  • Omega as applique and not as applique
  • Blue dial, Omega logo applique, white mm/hh, red seconds
  • Black/grey dial with luminous marker at 12, white hands, red seconds hand
  • Black/grey dial with no marker at 12, white hands, white seconds
  • Silver dial with no luminous marker at 12 and lume on markers, red seconds hand
  • Seamaster back
  • Plain back
  • Rough graining
  • Superfine ("polished") graining (012 only)
  • 1125 hollow link bracelet (outside of U.S.)
  • JB Champion solid double-H-link bracelet with Omega clasp (in U.S.)

Of all the Omegas I have seen, the Cone seems to have been the one where Omega played fastest and loosest with consistency. I also suspect that the cases were sourced from Asia, given the time period and the highly unusual design (also the price point, which I understand to have been fairly low).

Dante

 

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I have just acquired an f300 cone as to the price point, this original advertising is interesting. As it puts it above the contemporary Speedmaster in the Omega range. It seemed at the time Electronic was the future and Omega priced things accordingly.

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The advert dates to 1974. 

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My watch is the same as the one in the advert but originally would have taken a strap. I've fitted a miltat oyster straight end, by filing the end links from 20mm to 17mm. The width at 20mm matches the large 41mm case much better, now. 

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the case back off, it is stamped a 198.012, but that should have a 2 oclock crown i believe. The movement is a 1250. the serial number looks like a 34 mil number so 1972 i believe.

1 minute ago, Damo516 said:

It didn't happen without pics :whistling:

If you had been observant you would have seen it already. 

(sellers details)

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12 minutes ago, Captain Crandall said:

One thing I noticed about the cone, With it sticking up so high they seem to take a beating over the years ? 

Yeah but nigh on 50 years old? You should see me. Look nothing like when I was new.:)

You seem to be quite interested in these. Are you becoming a fan?

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38 minutes ago, Captain Crandall said:

One thing I noticed about the cone, With it sticking up so high they seem to take a beating over the years ? 

Yeah but nigh on 50 years old? You should see me. Look nothing like when I was new.:)

You seem to be quite interested in these. Are you becoming a fan?

Warning!!! Do not listen to a F300hz or you well get hooked........as I did.

Rob....

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Aye, I must admit, mine has had a bit of a hard life, I am thinking of selling it.  Do we think I should invest in having it restored or punt it as it is?  (Pictures on page 1)

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1 hour ago, Biker said:

Aye, I must admit, mine has had a bit of a hard life, I am thinking of selling it.  Do we think I should invest in having it restored or punt it as it is?  (Pictures on page 1)

Try punting it. You can always change your mind.

Can I have first dibs please?.......Pretty please?

Rob....

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2 hours ago, robden said:

Yeah but nigh on 50 years old? You should see me. Look nothing like when I was new.:)

You seem to be quite interested in these. Are you becoming a fan?

Yes, i really like them especially with one of those big/thick link bracelets ! 

Do they hum at 300Hz ?

I just bought my first running accutron 214 and i believe it hums at 360Hz ?

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2 minutes ago, Captain Crandall said:

I thought I remember reading that the Omega hummers ran at a higher rate then the bulovas like 480 or 720Hz ?  

Wow!, do you know how many beans make 5? :rltrlt:

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