Omega Chronostop Geneve - Model Ref: 145.009 - No Date - Cal. 865 Movement - circa.1968
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Circa. 1968, Omega Geneve, Chronostop without Date function, model reference 145.009 - with Slate Grey Dial on New Di-Modell 'Jumbo K.N.' Leather Strap.
Omega released the Chronostop in 1966. Originally intended to be part of the Seamaster collection, the Chronostop was transferred to the Geneve collection in 1967 as a lower-priced chronograph watch for younger buyers. Despite the low price, the Chronostop was a premium model. The watch’s movement seemed simple, but it was a high-accuracy, high-beat, high-quality engine, essentially a simpler version of the movement that powered the Speedmaster. The cal.865 movement was introduced in 1966 and Omega used that model for 124,000 Chronostops. The cal.920 movement appeared in 1968 and was used for 61,000 watches. The model won the 1967 Honour Prize for “Chronographs and Sport Watches” in the competition sponsored by the Swiss Watchmaking Federation to boost creativity. The Chronostop also took the first prize for Industrial Aesthetics at the Utrecht Spring Fair in 1968. It was selected as the official Omega timer at the Pan-American Games in Winnipeg and the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico.
What’s On Offer
The watch on offer here is a c.1968 reference 145.009 (without date) featuring the calibre 865 and a fine example it is. With its slate grey coloured dial and flashes of colour with the orange chronograph/seconds hand it makes for a really interesting dial and general aesthetic. Further enhanced with the 'chequered flag' style outer minute track on the dial, it really draws the eye to it and gives this watch that added sporty feel. An added benefit is the tritium lume on the hands and just above the baton indices which give the watch legibility in dark environments. Something you don’t see often is the crown at 4 o’clock but on this watch it looks great teamed with the chronograph pump pusher at 2 o’clock balancing the look out wonderfully.
The condition of this watch looks very original and genuine, with a few marks on the case to indicate it’s been worn and no doubt loved by its previous owner. We are guessing its not had the case polished as it still retains some of the sunburst brushed finish to the bezel part of the case and the edges are still pretty well defined! The dial remains sharp, sporty and free from any wear or blemishes. The shape of the case is interesting and different and further channels the watches sporting background and wears very nicely.
Recently serviced (in January 2021) by our watchmaker so expect it to run well and we will also give it a 12 month VWS guarantee for your piece of mind.
Once upon a time only a few years ago these watches were a staple seller for us and we would have a few in stock at any given time but this is only the second one we have thought nice enough and found at a reasonable enough price to offer for sale to you as they seem to have shot up in price and have also become harder to find, (certainly in this sort of condition) so hopefully this won't be hanging around for long!
Case: Stainless Steel
Dial: Slate Grey
Bracelet: Brown leather Di-Modell
Winding: Manual wind
Movement type: Mechanical
Waterproof: When new
Power reserve: approx. 40hrs
Condition: excellent 8/10
Model Reference Number: 145.009
Date of issue: c.1968
Guarantee: 12 months by VWS
Width (without crown): 35mm
Lug width: 18mm
Lug height (lug to lug) 38.5mm
Strap Size: Adjustable leather