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Omega Quartz Caliber 1538 in Seamaster Aqua Terra Quartz, Thermocompensated?? Please help

Hello All:
 
I just picked up my new Aqua Terra Seamaster Quartz today ( my third new Omega in last thirty years) . The pictogram card and operating instructions book that came with watch do NOT indicate that this quartz movement --Caliber 1538-- is thermocompensated. But it is my understanding that it is. Can anyone help here? Thermocompensation was one of the main reasons I was willing to pay the Omega price.
I sent e-mail to after sales, and submitted a customer service request form at WEB site to Omega products, but don't know if that's the right place to get an answer?
I really like the watch otherwise, so far, but can return for thirty days and am not sure I want to pay this much for "regular" Quartz accuracy.
Thanks in advance
Regards,
Richard
Answer:
I think not. While not definitive, Omega touts the cal. 1680 in the Constellation Perpetual Calendar ad thermocompensated while making no such claim for the cal. 1538 in the SMP.
Constellation Perpetual Calendar
Seamaster 300m Quartz
Answer:
: Omega Quartz fans, and Aqua Terra Fans,
I submitted a contact e-mail at the Swatch Group Site, and received a very quick reponse from their PR folks, and today I talked to Robert Emmons (President of Omega USA) and a referal to their Support Manager, who responded very quickly by E-mail. 
Omega indicated that thermocompensated quartz movement in Seamaster was discontinued a couple of years ago, and new models did not need it. The e-mail from suport Services Manager read as follows. "The movement caliber 1538 was never thermo compensated. You may anticiapate an accuracy range for this calibre of -3 to + 9 seconds per month."
Below is an edited version of my response to the e-mail, with some added impressions:
My model is 35mm, blue dial. The size measures from bessel edge to edge, with crown 38mm, so is NOT that small. The 38mm looked like a boat on my 6.5 inch wrist.
Why has omega gone a way from this in new Seamasters; it sounds like a step backwards in otherwise such a fine watch? My under standing is also that new Super Quartz Breitlings (a chief competitor for Omega) have all been upgraded to thermo compensated third generation movements. Yes checked their web site today. 
I for one would be more than willing to pay a reasonable amount more for a more accurate and better movement--with longer lasting lithium batteries( also Breitling) -- and I suspect so would most Omega Quartz fans of the new Aqua Terra line. I would also think it could be a key point in advertising and attracting new and past customers like my self.
The Sticker on the back of the case for my new Omega indicates battery replacement in 10 07, a life of 4.6 years. Sounds good.
Although, I am very disappointed with the lack of thermocompensation, the overall quality, design and feel of the watch to me is impressive for the price point. But am not sure I would have purchased If I had known, it was not thermocompensated; if the accuracy ratings were on the Omega Web site, it probably would have convinced me to go ahead anyway... The only things I would change, is to add the wave in the center of dial (like 120) and a more Opaque dial for my blue dial model, which is a bit too hard to read because of dial reflections.] 
The operation of the screw down crown is like silk and you know exactly when it is just tight enough. The Braclet is excellent and adjusts just right for my small wrist. The luminous hands appear in dim light and aid visibility, but in a darned bedroom after dark adaptation it is hard for me to tell the time--which is not uncommon for many watches.
An added feature not mentioned on Omega's Web site is quick change to second time zone. Compared to my Seiko Premier Kinetic-Auto Relay, purashed in December this year, which ia great watch with European style design (List price $575), the Omega appears to have additional value associated with its higher price point. 
I suspect that I shall be happy with my third new Omega, in last thirty years, for some time to come.
Regards,
Richard, "Who am I to blow againt the wind"--Paul Simon,
P.S. my questions about quartz movement and my reply and impressions are different than the majority of posts on this forum...I have learned a bunch reading your posts and would appreiate feedback as to whther this type of post is useful and appropriate?
Hello All:



I just picked up my new Aqua Terra Seamaster Quartz today ( my third new Omega in last thirty
years) . The pictogram card and operating instructions book that came with watch do NOT indicate that
this quartz movement --Caliber 1538-- is thermocompensated. But it is my understanding that it is.
Can anyone help here? Thermocompensation was one of the main reasons I was willing to pay the Omega
price.



I sent e-mail to after sales, and submitted a customer service request form at WEB site to Omega
products, but don't know if that's the right place to get an answer?



I really like the watch otherwise, so far, but can return for thirty days and am not sure I want to
pay this much for "regular" Quartz accuracy.



Thanks in advance



Regards,



Richard

 
Answer:
...The Cash's SMP quartz is +6 seconds since November 2001 (yes, 2001). To add to that, The Cash has lived in both Alberta and Ontario, Canada where it can get very cold, but it still has kept incredibly accurate time. Also, there have been numerous reports of people owning cal. 1538 quartzes and have reported accuracy of within +1 sec. per month. As far as The Cash can see, there is only one person on this forum who so far has said his accuracy is so bad that it was off a few seconds a week (The Cash hasn't opened up his SMP quartz yet, but he presumes it's able to be regulated, as the cal. 1430 is able to be done so quite easily). Moreover, The Cash has had 3 Omega quartzes (two with cal. 1430 and one with cal. 1538)--none have kept time more than +11/year. So don't worry as far as accuracy goes, Omega is very good in the quartz department and they are probably right when they say they don't need thermocompensation.
Wear it for a while and see if you truly can live with a quartz AT. The lack of an thermocompensated movement when expecting one can be quite a turn-off later on. Good luck on your decision.
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