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These watches history:

As I started to gain interest in mechanical watches, the Omega brand was not very appealing to me. Their Marketing strategy (linking the names of more or less well known people to the brand) just didn't do it for me. I don't care what watches James Bond, Anna Kournikova, Cindy Crawford, or Michael Schumacher wear. To me Omega  was just another Swatch-owned company.

I didn't like the Seamasters nor the Speedmaster "Moonwatch" I saw every now and then in shopwindows. Then I saw some vintage Omega's. Boy, they looked great, I took interest in the Omega brand, and had a closer look at some of their recent watches. I still don't mind James Bond, but I like the Seamaster Pro. I even started to like the Speedmaster Pro Moonwatch, I even own two of them now. I learned about the new technology they are using (co-axial echappement), and I like the Broad Arrow (especially the creme dial). But what really triggered my interest in the brand were pictures I saw of two watches Omega introduced in march 1997 known as the Dynamic. I also learned that Omega stopped producing the Dynamic line in January 2000, because of bad sales in the USA.

 

Brand and Reference:

(The following text taken from http://www.thewatchguy.homestead.com/OMEGA.html)

"OMEGA is the last letter of the Greek alphabet and symbolizes accomplishment and perfection - qualities that have been inherent in every OMEGA watch since the company's founding by Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, in 1848.
The brand's reputation for innovation and quality has led to numerous awards over the company's 150- year history, starting as early as 1900 with the Grand Prix at the Paris World Fair and continuing with the world precision record of 97.8 points at the Kew- Teddington observatory in England in 1936.
OMEGA went on to be official timekeeper at no less than 21 Olympic Games, bringing numerous innovations to Olympic sports over the years, such as the first electronic timekeeping at the Helsinki games in 1952 - the same year in which the company was awarded the Olympic Cross of Merit for its outstanding contribution to sport.
On account of its precision and reliability, OMEGA's Speedmaster watch was chosen by NASA as its official chronometer in 1965 and 4 years later was the first watch to be worn on the moon, when, on 21 July 1969, Neil Armstrong made his giant leap for mankind.
In more recent years, OMEGA has continued to build on its reputation for precision and innovation, presenting the world's first self-winding wristwatch with central tourbillon (launched in 1994) and the revolutionary coaxial escapement sur developed in conjunction with renowned English master watchmaker George Daniels first offered in limited series in 1999."

 

Omega dynamics 70.jpg (30437 bytes) Three Generations of Dynamic

First Generation

The Dynamic is a line of watches that Omega have used a few times before in the past. Perhaps best known are the 70's series of Dynamics (first issued in 1969, see picture), with the typical oval shaped cases. Back then they were no. 1 on Omega's sales list. (picture from Omega)

Shown on the left is a picture of the Dynamics from the Genève product line. These are by far the most common Dynamics of the first generation. There are also first generation Dynamics from the De Ville product line. See picture below. (picture and watch from Kevin van der Zouwen, thanks for tyhe info.)

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Second Generation

The name Dynamic again was used in 1984 for a series watches that only lasted a few years. Shown here is a Seamaster Dynamic. It is a quartz model Caliber 1430 (ETA 255411). The watch was launched on the market  march 1, 1985. Thanks Jan Hedström for the information on this watch and the pictures.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              

wpe13.jpg (10922 bytes) Third Generation

The Dynamic 90's model was also different and daring compared with the other lines they marketed. The 90's Dynamic were inspired of a watch from the 1930's, but the styling of the dial and the case reminded of the Omega Pilot watches used by RAF Pilots in the 50's. (Pictured here on the right)

Pilot watches are rugged, easy to read, must be hackable (a feature where the second hand can be stopped to synchronize to a time signal), and must have a big crown for easy winding even with gloves on. Like stated, very important is that a pilot-watch can be read instantly from every angle. Therefore the dial is black, and the white markers are arabic, and luminous.

I always somehow liked pilot-watches, but never found one that was really appealing to me. I always found them too clumsy, not classy enough. Upon viewing the Dynamic I knew I found my pilot-style watch.

                    (picture from omega: 1953 RAF issued pilot watch)

The Dynamic came in two flavours. A date only model, and a chrono model. I liked both of them, favouring one above the other depending on my mood. The Dynamic was in the lower Omega price range, the date had a suggested retail price of about € 1000, and the chrono at about € 1200. I decided I start looking for either of them. They were for sale second hand every now and then for even better prices. I started looking for them on the Internet. But because of various reasons I never got to buy one. I followed a date only model on a famous internet auction site, but since the auction ended just when I was on holiday I didn't have the opportunity to make last seconds bidding, and I was overbid in the last minute by just € 7,00. Then I started looking at official Omega retailers here in the Netherlands. I found two retailers who still had a chrono model new old stock. From one of them I got a good discount from the msrp, and the deal was made by telephone one morning. Just after closing the deal, I got an e-mail from the guy who sold his date model on that auction-site. The buyer let him down, and he offered me the watch for the same price. The price on this one was so low, I couldn't resist, and so I ended up with 2 Omega Dynamic deals within a few hours time. One New Old Stock Chrono with bracelet, with all the papers, with warranty. And one used date only model on a brown strap. I was a happy man.

 

wpe14.jpg (35451 bytes)LIMITED EDITION TARGA FLORIO

 

 

The limited edition "Targa Florio" Dynamic Chronograph was launched in 1999. Reference number is 5291.51.07. And the case reference is ST 175.0311.

The watch was named after Targa Florio, the legendary oldtimer race held on Sicily. The first race was in 1906, the last race was in 1973. (Therefore this limited edition is one of 1973 pieces)

The watch came in a special packaging (racing tire box) and with an engraving on the case back: No., "Giro di Sicilia" and the logo of the race.

The price in 1999 was CHF 1600.

(picture from Omega)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Limited Dynamic Chrono

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Also I found yet another limited Dynamic Chrono on the Internet. I have no idea what the occassion was for the release of this limited edition, nor how many were produced. The watch comes with a green Omega box bearing in large the same logo as can be seen at the 6 o'clock position. At the back it bears some inscription in indian or pakistan language (I guess)If you have any information about this limited model, please e-mail me.

UPDATE: I got an e-mail from Siddarth Rajkumar (thank you) The writing and the emblem looks more like Thai. It could be that this watch was issued at 1996, when King Rama IX of Thailand celebrated it's 50th year on the throne.

UPDATE september 2005: I got an e-mail from Ruckdee Chotjinda, who provided me with the following information: Thank you Ruckdee for solving this mystery.

Hi,

I came across your Dynamic page and thought I can give you some information about the limited edition Dynamic with white/green logo above six o'clock. It is a limited edition of 300 pieces (the one shown on your web site is 004/300) commissioned by Thai Royal Irrigation Department on the occasion of their 99th anniversary.

Literal translation of the case back:
99th Anniversary, Royal Irrigation Department
004/300/A.D. 2001 (Not sure about the year. Pic is not clear.)

The year inscribed follows B.E. system. B.E. is A.D.+543. Therefore, A.D. 2001 is B.E. 2544, for example.

Hope this helps.

Best regards,
Ruckdee

 

Other Limited Dynamics Date-Only:

DynamiclimitedMilitary.jpg (68720 bytes)A person  from Japan mailed me with pictures of this version of the Dynamic date-only that I've never seen before. It looks like this watch was issued for military use, see the marking on the dial, and on the back. Also notice that this version uses another type of bracelet. I think it's a pity that Omega did not change the italic font of the date wheel so that it would correspondent with the bold straight Arabic indices on the dial.

If you know more about this version, please mail me.

There are serious doubts about the authenticity of this watch. The Broadarrow on the back looks like it has been photoshopped on the back of the watch. Also Omega did not issue militairy watches in the late 1990's. Also, the case does not look like an original Dynamic case.

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japanesedynamiclimited.jpg (77642 bytes)A fellow TimeZone member from Japan replied the following concerning yet another Dynamic based version:

 

 

 

 

I think that Omega released a whole set of Dynamic models in in the Japanese market that weren't available elsewhere. This watch is another awesome example.
This is the first time I have seen a black version but I have seen an electric blue version of this watch in person with the same color dial as the Ti Seamaster 300 with Seamaster 120 style hands and rectangle time markers. The face, though hard to see in this photo, has a fine check print in it. The case and crown are exactly the same as the non-chrono dynamics from the late 1990's but the bracelet is different. It's more similar to the Seamster 120 multifunction bracelet.
They are nice watches and interesting choices for people who like Omega Dynamics. This is also the first time I have seen an Omega Dynamic with the RAF markings on it like that. Nice watch.
I hope this picture helps add another piece to the puzzle.
K.

 

 

 

 

 

Some weeks later, K again contacted me with a picture of  the blue dialed Japanese Dynamic. Thank you K.

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Movement:

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Dynamic date-only: Cal 1108

The movement of the date only model is the Omega 1108, it is identical to the Omega 1109 caliber, and almost identical to the Omega 1120 caliber. Both the 1108 and 1109 are used in many of the Seamaster, DeVille and Constellation models. The 1108 and the 1109 are exact the same movement, but the 1109 were sent for the COSC certification, so they could be called "Chronometers." The 1108 has got 21 jewels, and operates at 28.800 beats per hour, and is based on the ETA 2892-A2.

For a movement that is not ment to be seen (the dynamics don't have a display back) the movement is pretty finished, but not in extreme detail. The movement has got some nice perlage and different striping patterns.

(Picture found on the Internet, source unknown)

 

 

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Dynamic Chrono: Cal. 1138

The movement of the Chronograph is the Omega 1138, which is the 1108 plus an added chronograph module, the Dubois-Depraz 2030. The 1138 has got 45 jewels. The power reserve on both calibers is 42 hours, and both have the Incablock antishocksystem. The pillar plate is shown on the left, the top plate on the right.

 

 

(pictures from http://www.geocities.com/siamnaliga2/dynamic.html)


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If you look information about the Omega Cal. 1138, you'll find everywhere that this caliber has got 45 jewels. This is also what Omega stated on their own web-site. (From Omega's vintage watches information database:)

Reference number: 5240.50.00

MOVEMENT Caliber number: 1138 ,Created in 1996, 45 jewels

CASE Stainless steel , Screw-in , Full metal

DIAL Black with luminous hands and arabic numerals with luminous dots.  

FUNCTIONS Chronograph, Subsecond

CRYSTAL Scratch-resistant sapphire (anti-reflective) 

WATER RESISTANCE 50 meters

MORE PRODUCT INFORMATIONS Third generation of the "Dynamic" line                     BRACELET Stainless Steel
Case : stainless steel, round (38,10 mm), screw-in crown
International Collection : 1997-1999
Swiss retail price (1997) : CHF 1'550.-

(Picture used with kind permission of Ted Sapp)

I got an e-mail from a fellow Dynamic owner who stated that he had an Omega Dynamic chrono with a cal 1138 caliber with only 44 jewels. He saw that when his watchmaker was opening the back of his watch. That seemed very strange, and I informed further if other people had the same. On the Time-Zone Omega Forum (I post there under my alias Nivelacuso) another Dynamic Chrono owner responded, he had a picture of the movement.

Indeed there seem to be a 45 jewel and a 44 jewel jewel version of the cal 1138.

 

 

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Most Omega movements are not "in-house" movements. A movement can be called "in-house" when the movement is designed, develloped, and build within the factory's boundaries. Only a few watch manufacturers have in-house movemnets nowadays. Most brands use stock movements from

If you look long enough with a loupe you will find these marks on the movement. The ETA shield with movement number 2892A2 is engraved on both the Omega1108 and the Omega1138 movement.

(beautiful close-up picture used by kind permission of Jarl Sandberg (Jalle S))

 

 

dynbroch4.jpg (62348 bytes)A second type of movement used for the Dynamic Chrono.

At http://www.geocities.com/redots/dynamic/P4.html an on-line brochure about the Dynamics can be seen. If you read the technical data about the Chrono it clearly states that the Dynamic Chrono used an Omega cal 1141. However, I never saw an example with a cal 1141 inside. If you happen to have such an example, I would gladly receive a picture of the movement.

So now we have 2 different types of movements for the Dynamic Chrono (1138 and 1141) With the 1138 having two versions (44 jewels and 45 jewels)

 

 

 

Tech sheet:

Dynamic Date-Only

Dynamic Chrono

Caliber

1108 21 jewels

1138 (44 or 45 jewels)

1141

Base caliber

ETA 2892-A2

ETA 2892-A2

with added Dubois Depraz 2030 chrono module

A/h

28.800

28.800

Diameter

36mm

39mm

Length incl lugs

42mm

45mm

Width incl crown

40mm

42mm

Height

9mm

13mm

Weight

46gr

72gr

Case

Satin finished

Satin finished

Lug width

19mm

20mm

Back

Screwed in

Screwed in

Crown

Screwed

Screwed

Glass

Sapphire antireflective coating

Sapphire antireflective coating

Waterresistance

50m (5Atm.)

50m. (5 Atm.)

Functions

hour, minute, central seconds (hack), date

hour, minute, decentral seconds, 30-minute counter

 

wpeE.jpg (22821 bytes)Back:

The screwed back bears the Omega word and logo in a circle. Just plain, simple and effective.(picture of  back used by kind permission of  Jarl Sandberg (Jalle S))

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dust/antimagnetic cover:

Once the screwed back is removed a plate protection the movement from magnetic fields and dust is visible. A very seldom seen bonus to this watch.

 

 

 

Crystal:

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(picture taken from the Internet, credit unknown)

Both watches have sapphire crystal on top, with a anti-reflective coating on the inside. A perfect view from every angle is assured.The crystal is about 1,5mm above the bezel. The sapphire is extreme scratch-resistant, and is a very important feature on the dynamics. The crown bears the Omega logo.

 

Dial and hands:

Hmmmmm.......absolute mjammie are the dial-arrangements on both models. So lets have a closer look on both of them.

Date-only:

dynffleft.jpg (24738 bytes)Pilot-style, black dial. Italic roman numbers except for the 3 where the date is. The date indicator is also in italic font. This is a very pleasant detail.

The arabic numbers, and the dots and stripes for the 3, 6, 9 and 12 on the outside are luminous. At 12 there is are two dots plus a stripe. This is for quick orientation for 12 o'clock from every position the pilot could find himself. Each minute is marked by a white marker (non-luminous)

The hour and minute hand are dagger shaped (luminous), helping to read the time the moment your eyes meet the watch, from every angle, from any distance.

The central second hand is in bright yellow, being complementary with the dots and stripes.

The OMEGA logo, the word DYNAMIC , AUTOMATIC, and SWISS MADE are in white.

 

 

 

wpe10.jpg (33924 bytes)The chrono has got the same (luminous) arabic numbers except the 3 plus the 9. At 3 o'clock is the decentral seconds, and at 9 o'clock is the chronograph counting up to (only) 30 minutes. There are no luminous dots and stripes on the outer ring, but a seconds scale, with every 5 seconds printed in yellow, each second is divided .

All of the chronograph functions are in the same yellow, including the second hand. The chronograph minute counter is kinda odd shaped, sort of like a feather. Broad in the middle, pointed at the end. Because of this the minutes are difficult to read. The minute markings are covered by the broad yellow pointer. There is also another dial of the Dynamic chronograph around that have the minute markings on the outer side of the chronograph minute counter, this greatly improves readability of the chronograph minutes.

There are yellow markings at 3, 6 and 9 minutes. This is a function that was common with chronographs from the 50's. They indicate a period of three minutes each, which was useful back than with telephone calls from public phone-booths, when calls were charged for each period of 3 minutes.

The Dynamic Chronograph lacks a date function, witch is a disadvantage.

Like the date-only the The OMEGA logo, the word DYNAMIC , AUTOMATIC, and SWISS MADE are in white.

omega dynamic chrono minute hands different.jpg (34185 bytes)This pictures shows perfectly the nice feather shaped chronograph minute pointer, the 3, 6 and 9 minute markings, and this picture is from the dial where the minutes are easy to read, because of the minute markings on the outer side of the chronograph dial.

(picture by Chanwit: http://www.geocities.com/ychanwit/dynamic/art_dynamic.html)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The picture on the right shows that the crown and the pushers are not aligned. This is because the Dubois-Depraz chronoplate is placed on top of the Omega 1108 caliber, together forming the Omega 1138 caliber.(picture from http://www.geocities.com/siamnaliga2/dynamic.html)

 

 

 

Strap:

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The date-only model came on an wonderful original leather Omega strap 19mm with signed buckle. The chrono came with an original Omega bracelet, with deployment clasp. The bracelet is not the best around, I have much less expensive watches with far better bracelets. I think both Dynamics look better on a strap. Another plus for both Dynamics is that they look great on a whole scala of straps, black (especially the Hirsch carbon sport), brown, NATO-straps, even yellow straps...all look great on these watches. It is  miraculous to see how a different strap can change the whole look and feel of a watch.

 

Also on this picture the difference in thickness between the two models is clearly visible.

 

 

 

wpeC.jpg (32476 bytes)Conclusion:

The Dynamics of the 90's are beautiful watches, The  movements is reliable, but are no in-house. Both have sapphire crystal, and are highly legible. They are among the best value for money watches available nowadays, especially at used prices. About accuracy: The Date-only runs at -3 seconds a day.

The Chrono runs at -2 seconds a day, all well within the COSC specifications. I wouldn't be surprised if these Dynamics will become very sought after in the near future. If only the waterresistance was 100 meters instead of the 50 meters Omega claims. Omega states on the website that 50 meters is OK for swimming, but I don't feel comfortable wearing a 50 meter watch in the water.

I guess you wonder which watch I like most....That's not an easy question. To start with, I love them both. The date-only is a fantastic classic looking and feeling watch, especially on a strap. It is great for every-day wear and in the office. The chrono on bracelet  is a more sporty watch, more "macho". Perhaps better suited for leisure time and sports. I'm glad I ended up with both of them, so I can wear either one, depending on the situation.

 

wpeD.jpg (23441 bytes)The Goodies

Both dynamics were delivered complete. That is in a white box. In it is the typical oval metal cylinder, most of it covered with a black leather. Red stitches, and the Omega logo and word plus the dynamic word in red. In the cylinder is the watch, wrapped on a watch-pad, witch again is wrapped in a red stitched pouch. In a black leather wallet (also red stitched) are the international warranty card, an operating instructions leaflet (nothing special), a booklet with worldwide service centers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dynamic Targa Florio:

Thanks to this website I got in contact with someone who was willing to sell me his Targa Florio watch. This limited watch comes with a different package. A race tyre that can be expanded and thus reveals the watch. Omega used this same tyre (with different printing on the tyre) for some other models. The number of my Targa Florio is 1896/1973.

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omega 3 dynamics.jpg (62021 bytes)Here is a family picture of three Dynamics. I changed the bracelet on the chrono and put on a genuine black croco strap. This strap looks better IMHO, and feels soft as butter on my wrist.

In the middle is a 70's Dynamic with a beautiful grey dial and contrasting red sweeping second hand. It's on an original bracelet (#1153/138)

If you want to see more pictures of the Dynamic have a look at the photo's from fellow Omega enthousiast Peter Muller of Hungary at www.omegadynamic.ini.hu .

 

I hope you enjoyed this little review of two fantastic watches. And I hope the rightful owners of some of the pictures I used won't mind me doing so. If you come across this site, and recognize one or more picture I used, and don't want them to be used, or want the credits for the pictures you took, please e-mail me at h.mennink@chello.nl.

To finance my ever growing watch wish-list I sometimes have to sell some of my watches. You can have a look at my current watches for sale at http://shop.kapaza.nl/nivelacuso/