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How to translate epoch date (number) to oracle date

Last Modified: 2015-03-24
I studied this question for epoch dates but still need a little help.

My date field (as a number) = 1426737600, which represents 3/30/2015 (seconds are not in the mix, in regards to formatting).

I tried this from the linked question:
WITH sampledata
     AS (SELECT 1426737600 n, TO_DATE('2015-03-24', 'yyyy-mm-dd') gmt FROM DUAL)
SELECT n, gmt, DATE '1601-01-01' + ROUND(n / 864000000000, 5) AS new_date
  FROM sampledata;

which returns
N                      GMT              NEW_DATE
1426737600      3/24/2015      1/1/1601 12:02:23 AM

The documentation I have (Remedy ticket system) says this:
Date fields, which store only the date, as the number of days from the beginning of its range. Use a Date field when you want to compare two dates or perform calculations based on the date, such as calculating the number of days between two dates. Date fields can accept values from January 1, 4713 B.C. to January 1, 9999.

Time fields, which store only the time, as the number of seconds from 12:00:00 a.m. Use a Time field when you want to compare two times or perform calculations based on time, such as the number of seconds elapsed. The value in a time field is independent of the time zone. While a Date/Time field will adjust the displayed value to reflect the user’s time zone, the time value will remain unchanged when displayed.

Date/time fields, which store the calendar date and time together. These fields can be configured so that only the date or time is visible. Values before January 1, 1970 cannot be entered in date/time fields.
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