Lovely pair. I particularly like the grain on the strap on the larger one. Where did it come from?
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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, JLC etc...) - Page 2121post #31801 of 483125/13/14 at 6:04ampost #31802 of 483125/13/14 at 6:21ampost #31803 of 483125/13/14 at 8:25ampost #31804 of 483125/13/14 at 9:08ampost #31805 of 483125/13/14 at 9:17ampost #31806 of 483125/13/14 at 9:39amQuote:Originally Posted by mimo
Thanks. Mine was my father's, so I didn't buy it (or feel the need to replace the scuffed up dial - I like it as it is). It seems to me that it depends really what you want to spend and how fussy you are about getting every detail "right": for example, my watch originally would have come on a steel mesh strap with solid ends that fit the case - you can see from the gap between the strap and the case that something different is supposed to fit there. I have seen "new old stock" steel straps that would fit, on eBay. So far I haven't been bothered to get one.
My watch had also been broken at some point in the distant past, and fixed with alien pieces. I had the non-Omega second hand and (acrylic) crystal replaced with Omega parts, and also a new crown. The stamped dial couldn't be repaired, and I didn't want it to be anyway so I left it. What I have, then, is a watch with official but non-original parts, some damage, a strap that doesn't really fit as the original would have, no box, papers or detailed provenance, and a negligible resale value. Which is fine - I have it because it's simple and understated and it was my father's, and later it will be my son's.
For cheap stuff like this, there is plenty on eBay for as little as $2-300: scruffy, incomplete and possibly with unoriginal bits. But at that price, I wouldn't care very much. And although you might get some Frankenstein-style mash ups of different watches, I suppose, I doubt anyone is going to put much energy into faking an old-looking Omega that's only worth $200 anyway. I'd be more worried buying something on eBay that's supposed to be perfect.
And on that note, if you're looking for something a little better - RogerP's beautiful example, for instance - or perhaps something in gold or with a particular reference, then you need a lot more care. On that, I'm not the person to advise, because I'm just not knowledgeable about the business or history of Omega or other watches. Fortunately for you, others here are. I'm sure they will have suggestions. Chrono24 is a site I look to check prices on, and there are plenty of others associated with different internet forums. Who's reliable and who isn't, I'll leave others to suggest.
Thanks for the advice. I've been looking Chrono24 a lot, and there is a local dealer which specialises on the vintage stuff and they seem to have a good selection on vintage Omegas and other interesting stuff with 12 month warranty etc. Pricewise we're talking then on the 300-900€ range depending on model, though.
I've googled some stuff but most Omega pages concentrate on Speedy & other sports watches, not a lot of quality info on dress watches.
On the originality, I think Rolex guys seem to be most anal about the Frankenwatch-phenomenon. It seems that restored dials & hands don't seem to be any taboo on the Omega-front, and I would probably go for a beautifully restored example, unless there was a personal story behind the watch, as in your case. I understand that the patina and history in your watch make it a keeper.post #31807 of 483125/13/14 at 1:28pmQuote:Originally Posted by kimmo
On the originality, I think Rolex guys seem to be most anal about the Frankenwatch-phenomenon. It seems that restored dials & hands don't seem to be any taboo on the Omega-front, and I would probably go for a beautifully restored example, unless there was a personal story behind the watch, as in your case. I understand that the patina and history in your watch make it a keeper.
Wishing you luck with whatever you decide. As for restoration of a watch, I suppose it depends on the watch and what needs to be done. If its in good condition, and its just the lum doesn't glow I wouldn't touch it but that's just me. If its a dial that is completely ruined due to water infiltration, then it makes sense to get the dial restore, repaired or replaced, as it probably looks terrible and already has a greatly diminished value (hell it might not even run if water got into it).
It isn't simply Rolex folks that are concerned about originality, that generally applies to buyers and sellers of any very collectible or high end watch. Restoration of dials and other things on collectible watches can drastically reduce their value. Now if you don't care about that, its not a big deal. It's your money, buy what you like. However, if you are willing to overlook originality in favor of something thats vintage and has been restored to nearly new condition with modern Lum, that's your choice. However, you want to be sure you aren't paying top dollar, un-restored collector piece pricing, for a watch that has been restored and should be valued at significantly less than a mint example with original dial, hands, box & papers etc.post #31808 of 483125/13/14 at 2:08pmQuote:post #31809 of 483125/13/14 at 2:11pm
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