Originally Posted by DerekS
this is secksay as hell.
Thanks, Derek! It was made in the same year that my dad was, so I gave it to him during my folks' recent visit to Norway. It means a lot more to me on his wrist than it would just sitting around, and that 30T2 movement inside was built to last. The Ontario watchmaker who was mentioned earlier is experienced with these old Omega movements, so no worries about keeping it running.
Here are a few pix from the guy I bought if from; I can also find a few movement photos from when we were regulating it at the watchmaker's (it still has great amplitude and rate results) if anyone's interested. My dad was there when we visited my watchmaker friend's workbench and opened it up; he was genuinely interested in how it ticks, and it contributed greatly to the process of infusing some personal meaning into an inanimate object. Because to anyone else, it's just some random old watch:
I find that with watches, there's little point in keeping more than you can reasonably wear. Sometimes the idea of the watch provides more satisfaction than actually having it in the house, which is definitely the case with this one. There are times when it would be nice to have, but it's far outweighed by the knowledge that's being worn by someone who really appreciates it. Seeing it in a photo, or especially when we get together, makes me happy.