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post #31 of 54
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post
I have an Omega Ploprof which cost me more than $1,000 and to some is as ugly as all heck but I think it is worth every penny I paid for it. Vintage omega's are some of the nicest used watches around. To me, Omega is the Ralph Lauren of watch brans, a little something fro everyone with some very nice stuff at the top end.

If you feel like selling the PloProf, don't hesitate to send me a PM. I'll add a few hundred percent...

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Originally Posted by LabelKing View Post
I am a fan of vintage Omegas but for personal reasons, I'm not very keen on gold-filled or plated cases.

The Piepan Constellations are, of course, quite attractive especially if they have the Beads of Rice bracelet. Also, the mechanical wind 30mm movements are very desirable as well, not ignoring the superb 30T2 movements.

http://www.ninanet.net/watches/other...omega1894.html

The 30T2 is often claimed as one of the finest hand-wound "working man's watch" movements ever made. Later Omega changed its name to 265, which by coincidence is ticking in the 50s Omega I'm wearing today...

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Originally Posted by MunnyGuy View Post
I have an OMEGA Speedmaster Professional that I wear daily and it takes a beating. The Speedmasters use an acrylic/plastic face in lieu of Quartz (I read somewhere it had to do with the watch being used in Spaceflights) It scuffs and scratches like a mother (also due to the raised face). I am a FIRM believer in Meguiars Plastx as well It makes the face damn near perfect!!! To polish the Stainless Steel Watch body and band I use WEIMAN METAL POLISH

Just apply and wipe off... Beautiful results!!!

I love OMEGA and anticipate you will too!

Let's just guess that you think of sapphire crystal and are just as absent-minded as I seem to be from time to time...

Not all Speedies have the Hesalite, many are equipped with a slightly cleverer choice of crystal...

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Originally Posted by LabelKing View Post
Omega Speedmasters used a hesalite crystal.

It has a "softer" look than sapphire crystal.

Yup, an acrylic/Hesalite has a reddish look to it while a sapphire is more bluish (mostly because of the AR coating, I guess).

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Originally Posted by Sartorian View Post
Are there any other vintage watch brands with a similar look to the Omegas that might be got for $200 or less? These Omegas are beautiful, and an object of lust for me, but I simply can't afford one right now.

Check out Longines, Tissot, Certina, Hamilton, Eterna, Zenith...to begin with.

/M
post #32 of 54
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Originally Posted by Singular View Post
If you feel like selling the PloProf, don't hesitate to send me a PM. I'll add a few hundred percent...



The 30T2 is often claimed as one of the finest hand-wound "working man's watch" movements ever made. Later Omega changed its name to 265, which by coincidence is ticking in the 50s Omega I'm wearing today...

Check out Longines, Tissot, Certina, Hamilton, Eterna, Zenith...to begin with.

/M

I have an Omega with the cal.265. It's one of those odd South American Red Star chronometer grade movements in a rather rare 18kt case.

Also, Doxa and Mido made some nice watches.
post #33 of 54
Hi Roger,

Do you know any places in Vancouver where I might bring a vintage Omega Constellations to be cleaned professionally and the cost?
post #34 of 54
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Originally Posted by Viktri View Post
Hi Roger,

Do you know any places in Vancouver where I might bring a vintage Omega Constellations to be cleaned professionally and the cost?
Time & Gold, at 565 W. Georgia St. (604-682-4487). I've had good advice and work from Michael Brunner there. Cost would depend on (a) whether it's an automatic or quartz watch, (b) whether parts are needed, (c) the extent of the servicing work, and (d) things like whether you want to replace a mineral quartz crystal with a sapphire one. I've paid around $200 to have my quartzes overhauled. I've done the external polishing myself.
post #35 of 54
I thought this would be a good thread for my first post. It looks like there are several omega speedmaster owners on here... here's mine. It's a limited edition version celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the first space walk.



I am also a big fan of the vintage omega dress watches and hope to pick up a few examples some day.

- Jonathan
post #36 of 54
I've got one of the new Co-Axial AquaTerras and absolutely love it. My next watch will likely be a vintage Deville.
post #37 of 54
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Originally Posted by JonF View Post
I thought this would be a good thread for my first post. It looks like there are several omega speedmaster owners on here... here's mine. It's a limited edition version celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the first space walk. I am also a big fan of the vintage omega dress watches and hope to pick up a few examples some day. - Jonathan
Nice shot! Good looking watch, complex without being fussy.
post #38 of 54
Omega doesn't really do it for me. Neither does rolex and a host of others. One of these days I'm going to get myself a vintage Vacheron or Patek.
post #39 of 54
Hi Roger,

I just received (found after moving around stuff in the house) an Omega Constellation (about 1970ish) that belonged to my dad who got it from his mother's brother who owned a pawn shop in China a very long time ago and I'm looking to have it cleaned up and possible checked for damages if it isn't too expensive. It works fine.
post #40 of 54
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Originally Posted by Viktri View Post
Hi Roger,

I just received (found after moving around stuff in the house) an Omega Constellation (about 1970ish) that belonged to my dad who got it from his mother's brother who owned a pawn shop in China a very long time ago and I'm looking to have it cleaned up and possible checked for damages if it isn't too expensive. It works fine.

Congrats... great find!
post #41 of 54
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Originally Posted by caelte View Post
Nice shot!

Good looking watch, complex without being fussy.

Thanks! They also look great on a strap... it dresses the Speedmasters up a bit.
post #42 of 54
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Originally Posted by JonF View Post
Congrats... great find!

Thanks!

I was actually looking for similar watches on Ebay and they all ended up at $3-400 USD which is out of my $100-150 price range and I'm very happy with this discovery - the family history is only an added bonus.
post #43 of 54
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Originally Posted by Viktri View Post
Thanks!

I was actually looking for similar watches on Ebay and they all ended up at $3-400 USD which is out of my $100-150 price range and I'm very happy with this discovery - the family history is only an added bonus.
I agree completely--about the added appeal of the family connection. One watch I wear on some dress occasions was my late father's inexpensive Seiko quartz watch. I find it more meaningful and enjoyable to wear than any of my Omegas.
post #44 of 54
When I first got in to collecting watches, I focused on Omega because it was the watch I most associated with my father and because they were affordable. I started with early Seamasters/Devilles and worked my way up to the iconic "pie-pan" Constellation. I've since broadened my horizons, but I still have a dozen or so pie-pans, and another dozen or so assorted Omegas from WWI officer watches, to a 1997 "Bond" SMP (painfully common I know, but IMHO, still the best looking modern dive watch around).

A few observations from my time collecting these things:

1. Leave the dials alone. It's amazing how few vintage Omegas still have their original untouched dial. Americans obsess over having the dials in mint condition, bright white, whatever, but unless it's obscuring the numbers or you're not wearing the watch because it looks so bad, try and deal with it. Another thing I've noticed is that on many lower-end vintage Omegas, the redial jobs are horrible. Remember, that many dials (especially silver ones) can be cleaned and dramatically improved without having to be redialed.

2. Don't overpolish the case. I'm all for some light buffing to reduce scratches, but it's a shame to see the formerly crisp lines of old Rolex and Omega cases reduced to soft messes, because an owner took it in to some ham handed jeweler ever few years to buff out his own carelessness.

3. Don't lose the buckles. If you switch to a deployant clasp to extend the life of that precious large "bamboo" alligator strap, don't lose the original Omega (or Rolex) buckle - and if you're not going to use it any more, sell it to me :-) Those little steel or gold buckles with the Omegas or crowns on them are getting to be murder to find in the right sizes.

4. Don't overservice your vintage watches. They don't need a service every three to five years. If nothing is wrong with them, I wouldn't do it more than once every ten, honestly. And even if it's a chronometer grade watch, don't expect the same accuracy that a brand new COSC watch delivers.

5. Find a good watchmaker to repair your watches, and talk to him (and listen) as much as you can.

6. If you want to judge the value of your vintage Omega or Rolex, check out what they go for at auctions, and not what they sell for at Ralph Lauren or Bergdorf's. ;-)

7. Speaking of values, don't underestimate what the plain Jane stainless Omegas from the 50's are going to be bringing down the road. Everyone obsesses about the pie-pans, but Omega did a lot of really simple and elegant ,quality entry-level watches that you can nab easily for under $400 right now. With a little love, I think these things will be the pie-pans and semi-bubblebacks of the next decade.
post #45 of 54
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post
I have an Omega Ploprof which cost me more than $1,000 and to some is as ugly as all heck but I think it is worth every penny I paid for it. Vintage omega's are some of the nicest used watches around. To me, Omega is the Ralph Lauren of watch brans, a little something fro everyone with some very nice stuff at the top end.
I love those: I couldn't wear one, though, the whole family is cursed with slim wrists.
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