Let’s start this list with something that oozes ’70s style. The top quality fake Omega Constellation Marine Chronometer ref. 398.0836 is the epitome of a 1970s watch because of its style and its quartz movement. During the most stylish decade ever — I’m not kidding — even the Constellation collection got an injection of wild and quirky design. The rectangular-shaped case was manufactured in Italy by Fernando Fontana and produced in Sesto Calende. It was cut from a single block of steel, and looking from the side, it has the style of a truncated pyramid. Add the 14ct gold bezel, the characteristic screws, and the typical way of integrating the text in the dial, and you end up with something extraordinary.
The case dimensions are 32.7mm wide, 49mm in length, and 12.9mm thick. The original bracelet that came with the watch was a solid heavy-links bracelet that gives the watch extra ’70s style. Putting the watch on your wrist is like putting a bracelet on your wrist. But don’t be fooled because this is a technical masterpiece. When Omega started developing its 2,4 Mhz Megaquartz series, the brand had set their minds to developing the most accurate quartz timepiece ever. And in 1974, when the cheap copy Omega Constellation Marine Chronometer was introduced, it had been certified as a “Marine Chronometer” with a routine variation of fewer than 0.002 seconds per day. Until this day, it makes it the only wristwatch ever to receive this extraordinary distinction.
Unbeaten accuracy and style
Looking at the catalog from back in those days, the watch was marketed as having a deviation of a maximum of one second per month. As a result, Omega had to come up with a way to set the seconds hand. To do so, the brand came up with a system called TSA (time second adjustment). It lets you adjust the hour hand independently with the crown. A separate small pusher next to the crown was introduced to hack the second hand with the atomic time signal for ultimate accuracy. The initial movement that made this possible was the Omega Caliber 1511. For the non-Marine Chronometer versions of the Megaquartz line, perfect copy Omega used the Omega Caliber 1510. For a long time, people believed that Caliber 1510 was less accurate. That, however, turned out to be not true.
Later models (ref. 398.0832) used the Omega Caliber 1516 and featured a smaller case. The true magic for me is in the original ref. 398.0836 with its bigger case. A total of 5682 Omega Marine Chronometers were tested and certified in Becsançon. As they are made up of Caliber 1511 and Caliber 1516, the number of watches with ref. 398.0836, and Caliber 1511 is even smaller. The unique production number on the small plate on the case will tell you more details about your watch. The guys are omegamegaquartz did a great job in researching the different references. It’s not hard to find a steel bracelet replica Omega Constellation Marine Chronometer. There are always several pieces available on different platforms. Prices start at roughly 2.5K and move up to 4K for a piece in great condition. What you will get in return is unbeaten in both style and accuracy.