I have a question, gentlemen, on which I would like your opinion.
One of my favorite watches is a cal. 321 pre-moon Speedmaster. meaning it was the model that was tested and first used in the space program rather than the model that commemorates it, i.e., it uses the cal. 321 not the subsequent 861 movement, and has the seamonster logo on the back, rather than the "first watch used on the moon" commenmorative verbiage that came later. It just gave out on me this weekend and I brought it in to the Omega boutique for service. It will, no doubt, cost a lot to work on and will have to go back to Switzerland. That is expected and not an issue for me as chronograph service is expensive and old ones, more so. I know that I will not want them to buff the case, though I don't care if they replace the crystal. I probably don't care if they replace the hands. My question is, what should I let them do with the dial? This model has an applied Omega logo, which is rare, even among the pre-moon speedies. It is also, IMO, nicer than the printed logo. If they have to remove that, I will say no. But what about repainting the lume? The lume is long dead and flaking in places, though it is still perfectly legible (the lume has flaked off the hour and minute hands, making them kind of skeletal). The rest of the dial printing is very good. On the one hand, I am kind of the view that anything done by the factory "counts" as original, or at least genuine, and, frankly, in keeping with the utilitarian nature of the watch, making it more legible is good. But I also think of this watch as somewhat historic, especially the dial.
So . . . if they want to repaint the dial or the lume, should I let them?
BTW, my experience with Omega service in Switzerland for their vintage watches has been outstanding. It was always better than expected, so I am not so worried about quality.
I have been in touch with the rep here in NY and said that unless they are giving me the exact same dial (i.e. original to the model), I don't want it replaced and I want the original returned. I expect they can't give me a replacement original dial for the same reason they are unlikely to be able to return the original dial - tritium. So I have asked for other options, including just cleaning it.
In any case minimum wait is 18 weeks.