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1970 omega flightmaster
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Pre-owned
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Oct 01, 2012 03:27:37 PDT
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1970 omega flightmaster


















1970 omega flightmaster

Missing pushbutton for stopwatch reset

Otherwise working fine

Ive had watch some years with a view to getting it back into shape,however im now selling all my watch collection so im going to let this go as is.

Watch is in fair condition please see photos and judge for yourself as to condition

99p start price with no reserve!!

Sorry theres no buy it now price

Any other questions gladly answered

Thank you for looking

Good luck

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Scans from a c.910 Flightmaster instruction manual:

Produced by people with their feet firmly on the ground.

It's easy to produce a chronograph with a revolving bezel and then call it a pilot's watch.

It's not so easy to produce a functional chronograph specifically for the pilot.

Before we even started to design the Flightmaster we researched the needs of the pilot and then we made sure that we covered those needs - no more, no less.

The result is the combined effort of designers already experienced in producing chronographs for the aviation world; and Omega - supremely experienced in the production of precision timepieces which have proved reliable even in the extreme conditions of space travel.

Every part of the Flightmaster has been carefully considered and the chronograph born of the research design and development is a practical instrument - specially made for the pilot.

 

Cut from a single block of Swedish stainless steel, the upper case is pressed and tempered sixteen times before it assumes it's unique elliptical shape designed to fit the countours of the wrist comfortably.Normally, the Flightmaster is equipped with a stainless steel bracelet. But it also comes with a Corfam® strap. The strap has cool "air-conditioning" holes and is designed with the anatomy of the wrist in mind to assure a firm and comfortable fit necessary with a watch of the Flightmaster's proportions.

The Case:

 

 
Water and Spaceproofing:
After the movement has been inserted into the case and the stainless steel back screwed into place, the tempered mineral glass crytstal is sealed in position by a unique jointing system.

It has been tested under space conditions and works even in a complete vacuum

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Legibility:
A pilot's watch has many functions so the visual aspect of the Flightmaster is a particular feature.

 

 

Designed for legibility the time zone hand have been carefully placed to avoid confusion with the whole face colour keyed to strengthen the visual separation.

Even the winders and pushpieces have been keyed to the face and although the red chronograph hands are supplied as standard, the Flightmaster is on special request available with yellow hands to allow for where aircraft cabins are lit with infra-red light.
The Movement:
The same people responsible for the timeing devices used in the Olympics and by the American astronauts are responsible for the Flightmaster so you knoiw that each of the moveing parts is a piece of precision engineering designed for accuracy and total reliability.

The Flightmaster's are a variant of the Speedmaster line designed, engineered and marketed towards "Pilot-Types" by Omega from 1969 through the early 1970's. This was the last time that Omega developed a mechanical movement specifically designed for the needs of a pilot. Since then Omega has developed and introduced for sale the Speedmaster Professional X-33 "Mars Watch" which is a Quartz movement watch which is the spiritual sucessor to the Flightmaster.

In fact, early beta versions of the X-33 were called Flightmaster and were so marked. These scans (shown below), which are sadly are not very clear, show the progression of the watch that would become the Omega Speedmaster Professional X-33 as it went through the R&D / Beta-Testing phase

The original (vintage) Flightmaster series consisted of two distinct versions each with a number of dial variants within each version. In addition to the two main versions there was a special solid Gold version of one model

The Flightmaster c.910 (ST145.013) the base c.861 Omega manual-wind movement is modified by replacement of the small seconds sub-register at 9 o'clock and with a 24-Hour AM/PM indication. Operation is the same as the c.911 above but with the omission of the small second indicator there is no way to determine at a brief glance if the watch is ticking unless the chronograph is in operation.

The Flightmaster has an somewhat undeserved reputation as being a "Monster-sized" watch. Yes if you look at the Flightmaster's exterior dimensions it is a large watch. However, similar to the Fender Stratocaster, the Flightmaster's shape and taper actually fits and blends in with the back of the wrist well and wears better than many smaller watches, well... at least in my opinion. Part of the reason for this are the hidden lugs of the Flightmaster case... The c.910 AM/PM model's dimensions are modest enough that it actually wears smaller than it's dimensions would otherwise seem. However, the thicker c.911 Small Seconds model wears just as large as it's dimensions would indicate.

The hidden lugs can be seen via the picture of the movement below left. While it's clear to see the case of the watch is smooth from the top, underneath there is a slot where the bracelet/strap attaches. Visually the movements for both the c.910 and c.911 look almost exactly the same. As I don't own an example of each it's difficult for me to compare the two visually. Of course both movements clearly show their heritage of being based on the c.861 Omega movement (Lemania 1873 base movement).

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