perjantai 2. marraskuuta 2012

OMEGA LED Watch Time Computer 1

OMEGA LED
      The Omega LED used the same module as the early Date Command Pulsar's. Omega LED's where the first LED's to hit the Europeain market back in 73 / 74. This is a two button version with Date function.


1970s vintage Kojak Omega Time Computer 1 1600 caliber watch. Kojak is a classic American television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak, who sported the iconic gold digital watch.


Omega "Time Computer I" aka TC1  is the first LED watch ever available for sales in Europe. Unfortunately Omega never entered into the research field of digital watches and subcontracted LED watches to fill  the gap in their portfolio. Omega TC's are based on Pulsar technology and contain late P2 modules that can be easily transplanted from corresponding cheaper Pulsars and Hamiltons. Even the cases were American made by Star Watch Case Company with the same magnetic-button Pulsar concept, identical caseback and ring. In other words... all magnet-set Omega LED watches are genuine Pulsars with Omega logo  Battery spacers can be used the same way as in Pulsar modules to accomodate modern 357 batteries.
Omega modules are generic Pulsars with cosmetic upgrades so it is common to find a Pulsar  or Hamilton module in a TC1. "Genuine" Omega modules have a printed logo and goldplated calibre+serial number plate (plaque). These are fixed with glue and usually missing but they significantly increase the value as a complete set. The TC1 was available in a limited edition solid gold and heavy 80 micron yellow or whitegoldfill of which the latter is often mistaken for stainless steel (the steel bracelet ref.1203/211 slightly differs in color from the WGF case). A few box versions can be found depending on the country of sale as boxes were usually subcontracted locally to save on costs. European boxes will usually be the generic red but the American style should be a wood-like plastic clamshell. Finding a perfect match with box and papers is extremely difficult!
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 70-luvulla eräs kaverini hankki yllä olevan LED näyttöisen OMEGA TC1,  eräänä viikonloppuna menimme kaverin kanssa elokuviin, eihän siitä filmin katsomisesta tullut mitään, kun kaverini käsi oli vähän väliä silmieni edessä ja minun piti katsoa kuinka hyvin kello näkyy pimeässä, toisaalta ei se auringon valossa näkynytkään, vaikka kuinka nappia painoi. Siihen aikaan minun käytetty Volvo Amatzon maksoi saman verran, kuin tämä kello. Volvosta oli iloa pitempään.
Citizen Quartz
 Minulla oli vastaava kello 70-luvulla, tarkemmin taisi olla vuosi 1976. Kello oli halpa ja hyvin toimiva, näkyi päivällä ja yöllä. Silloin kukaan ei halunnut viisari kelloja, ei ainakaan mekaanisia malleja, niin se aika muuttuu.

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