Omega Chronostop Driver

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SKU AS00849
SKU AS00849

Why We Love it

Perhaps the most eccentric Omega watch ever produced (and knowing Omega, that’s saying a lot), the Chronostop Driver’s watch is undeniably charming. After all, how many instances can you name of a watch brand attempting to change the way that their customers wear a watch?

The Omega Chronostop was introduced in the mid-60s as an attempt by Omega to create a lower-priced chronograph watch targeted at younger consumers. More novelty than true chronograph, the Chronostop is only able to time events up to 1 minute. We’re sure some people found a good use for it, but to be honest, this is not the most functional chronograph ever made, but at least it’s fun to use. The mono-pusher stopwatch is started with the initial press of the pusher and then it is pressed and held to freeze the orange hand and read the seconds. When the pusher is released, the totalizer returns to zero.

A few years into the Chronostop’s production run, Omega came up with an unusual idea: When one’s hands are on a steering wheel at ten and two, it’s very difficult to read the time. To solve this “problem”, Omega decided that their Driver’s Chronostop should be worn on the underside of the wrist, and then rotated the dial 90° so that it would be easy to read at a glance. This new design earned Omega a bit of notoriety, and a prototype of the watch won honorable mention in the Sports Chronograph and Watches category at the 1966 Montreal World's Fair.

The Driver’s version of the Chronostop has endeared itself to collectors and is certainty the most sought after. This particular example of the Chronostop features a crisp case and beautiful blue dial, and comes on a Shark Mesh style bracelet. The Chronostop will surely catch the eye and lead to confused looks and questions when it’s strapped to your wrist, so if you’re a painfully shy guy, this is not the watch for you. But if you’re looking for a conversation piece and all-around awesome vintage Omega, the Chronostop is hard to beat.

More information on the full Omega Chronostop line can be found HERE.

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    Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

    Condition

    Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

    Warranty

    We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

    International Buyers

    Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

    Shipping & Returns

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    All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

    Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

    We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

    Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

    We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

    Omega Chronostop Driver

    Omega Chronostop Driver

    Sold
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    Omega Chronostop Driver

    Why We Love it

    Perhaps the most eccentric Omega watch ever produced (and knowing Omega, that’s saying a lot), the Chronostop Driver’s watch is undeniably charming. After all, how many instances can you name of a watch brand attempting to change the way that their customers wear a watch?

    The Omega Chronostop was introduced in the mid-60s as an attempt by Omega to create a lower-priced chronograph watch targeted at younger consumers. More novelty than true chronograph, the Chronostop is only able to time events up to 1 minute. We’re sure some people found a good use for it, but to be honest, this is not the most functional chronograph ever made, but at least it’s fun to use. The mono-pusher stopwatch is started with the initial press of the pusher and then it is pressed and held to freeze the orange hand and read the seconds. When the pusher is released, the totalizer returns to zero.

    A few years into the Chronostop’s production run, Omega came up with an unusual idea: When one’s hands are on a steering wheel at ten and two, it’s very difficult to read the time. To solve this “problem”, Omega decided that their Driver’s Chronostop should be worn on the underside of the wrist, and then rotated the dial 90° so that it would be easy to read at a glance. This new design earned Omega a bit of notoriety, and a prototype of the watch won honorable mention in the Sports Chronograph and Watches category at the 1966 Montreal World's Fair.

    The Driver’s version of the Chronostop has endeared itself to collectors and is certainty the most sought after. This particular example of the Chronostop features a crisp case and beautiful blue dial, and comes on a Shark Mesh style bracelet. The Chronostop will surely catch the eye and lead to confused looks and questions when it’s strapped to your wrist, so if you’re a painfully shy guy, this is not the watch for you. But if you’re looking for a conversation piece and all-around awesome vintage Omega, the Chronostop is hard to beat.

    More information on the full Omega Chronostop line can be found HERE.

      A:S Guarantee

      +

      Our Pledge

      Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

      Condition

      Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

      Warranty

      We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

      International Buyers

      Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

      Shipping & Returns

      +

      All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

      Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

      We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

      Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

      We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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