Full Set NOS Omega Beta 21 Constellation, Rare
Omega Full Set NOS Constellation ElectroQuartz 8192Hz Beta 21
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Eventually one of the rarest Beta21: Omega ElectroQuartz 8192Hz Beta21 first batch in solid yellow gold -- not the rarest back then but today. This heavy solid 18K gold case was made by Serva SA, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland and was probably smelted in bigger portions than any other watch over the last 5 decades.
This interesting and unusual but at the same time horological relevant timepiece could be a central element of an iconic watch collection: the heavy and massive 18K yellow gold Omega Constellation Beta21 ElectroQuartz, one of the first quartz wrist watches ever housed in a Omega Pupitre case attached to a heavy solid gold bracelet presented in New Old Stock as a Full Set.
This watch was made in a limited edition from 1970 to 1972 housing a Beta21 caliber. It looks almost (!) similar to the slightly changed and produced in much bigger quantities from 1972 to 1976 Beta22. This was done to simply satisfy demand, of customers who didnt get one of the limited edition first batch Beta21. And this is something we have seen by other brands, too. Patek did it with reference 3587 vs 3597. Piaget and IWC did it as well. The offered Omega is one of the first batch Beta21 and not a similar looking but horological irrelevant successor.
The price for this top product of Omegas product line in the early 70s was more than ten times the price of the Speedmaster Moonwatch, the top mechanical chronograph manufactured by Omega back then.
The Beta21 caliber is running on 8'192Hz and thus keeps fantastic accuracy -- even for nowaday standards. Moreover, the tuning fork-like micro motor that makes the hands sweep, also creates this fantastic humming, that is so remarkable for these watches. And for sure: Nothing hums like a solid gold watch!
The condition is unworn and it is at least hard but probably impossible to find another example in similar shape. There is no stretch or warp in bracelet and the case lines and edges are sharp.
It is delivered with its iconic transparent box, the black paperboard outer box and manual paper -- Full Set. The presentation box is made of massive plexiglass shaped like an asymmetric quartz crystal. It is about the watch, yes. But here the box starts the show already.
Right now, the movement was checked, gaskets replaced and a battery was inserted. And right now, we published a blog post about the production numbers of Omegas Beta21 on our website to point out why it is one of the rarest today.