The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Brei

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.

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  1. venessian

    venessian Senior member

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    I have a vintage Omega speedmaster that is about 26 years old. I have had it overhauled once before, about 7 years ago. They charged $600 for this.

    I just took my watch in last week becaues the bezel popped off and the crystal is a little cracked. They are claiming it needs another overhaul.

    Am I getting ripped off or is this reasonable? Is the overhaul necessary? They claim Omega is telling them this. To me it runs fine; I'd be happy with just a fixed bezel and glass.

    What is the current estimate? $600 7 years ago for only an overhaul seems high to me. But, yes, if the last overhaul was 7 years ago I would recommend one at this time.

    Maybe, depends on how much the bezel cost...here's a link to OEM bezels.

    Just to give you an idea, my watch guy replaced my vintage 1959 Omega with an OEM crystal, gasket,oil/cleaned and machined a mainspring for $225.

    Right. That's more like it. I had clean/oil, new OEM crystal, new crown/pin, new gasket done last year on a 1958 Seamaster for around $250.
     


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    venessian Senior member

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    Alright guys, now that I've got a few watches in my stable, I need something nice to put them in. So, recommend me a watch box please. Criteria:

    -window to see inside
    -no winder (pointless for me)
    -fits at least 6 watched (hey, gotta plan for the future!)
    -not too expensive

    Any suggestions?


    Something from here maybe?
     


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    ^ I'm in the same boat (price,small wrist, age.) I love my Seiko 5 Auto for daily wear, incredibly reliable and unbelievably inexpensive (I got mine for $50!) If you're looking for dressier, than I would go with a classic American watch a la Lord Elgin, Bulova, Hamilton, Benrus, Gruen...etc. Avoid anything larger than a 40mm case.

    I can recommend to you guys something like these Longines

    http://www.authenticwatches.com/long...l26764783.html

    http://www.authenticwatches.com/long...l26734783.html


    I'm also looking for a nice, first real watch for less than $2K. I really like a lot of Longines' Master Collection. Here's one that may interest you:

    Flagship Heritage - L4.795.4.72.2

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    Tissot Heritage Visodate Automatic is good bang for the buck - $650
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    CSCoHammers7, you aren't gonna much anything in gold within your price range, but $2500 would get you a used JLC Reverso Classic in steel, some Longines models, used Seamasters, an Air-King and a leather strap, maybe an old IWC portofino from 90's.

    I agree. The desire for a gold case at under $2K is going to really limit choice.

    Thanks so much for the suggestions guys! I really like the Longines' Master Collection now that I look at it and they might be the most accessible for me at this time for what I want. Cuttingboard, I've heard Tissot are good entry level from some friends too, so that's still an option for me as well if I want to get this started sooner than later. impolyt_one, thanks for that direction too! I suppose an extra 500 can't hurt for something that (should) last me a long time [​IMG]
     


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    Love the LV Sub!
     


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    The first one I posted with the white dial is an authentic that has just been full restored, cleaned, and serviced. It's sold by a small family owned business in the UK that just restores one vintage Omega each week into the condition that you now see - obviously they do not have watches with significant wear and tear to begin with. I guess we can debate the merits of why one would buy vintage and whether the "vintage" look is important. I was attracted to the vintage Omegas because of the simple, classic desing, the signature Omega movement, and the small size (I have small wrists). With these sellers, I can get all those benefits while getting a watch that looks almost new.

    The second one with the blue face actually isn't as clean and does have some marks, which that picture just masks. I figure I can do some work on my end to get it cleaner.

    The third one with the gold bezel is sold by the same guys as the first one. Several SF members have bought from the same source and have been extremely happy, so I feel comfortable with that.


    Can you let me know the source on the 1st and 3d watch. Looks lovely, I especially like the gold one.
     


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    What a lovely watch [​IMG]

    Agreed. That said, the bracelet could use a cleaning [​IMG]
     


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    Speedy triple cal...

    Oris in the background
     


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    Alright guys, now that I've got a few watches in my stable, I need something nice to put them in. So, recommend me a watch box please. Criteria: -window to see inside -no winder (pointless for me) -fits at least 6 watched (hey, gotta plan for the future!) -not too expensive Any suggestions?
    Too add to my request list - I'm looking for a good quality navy alligator band. My last one was Di-Modell but they seem to have gone through the roof in price. Any suggestions on that?
     


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    Need your help guys. Would you sell this one? I thought I wanted it. But I have a buyer right now, and I don't know what to do. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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    why do you want to sell it?
    if you are bored with it, sell it, if not, hold on to it.
     


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    Need your help guys.

    Would you sell this one? I thought I wanted it. But I have a buyer right now, and I don't know what to do.

    [​IMG]

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    It's a sweet watch but I would need to know what else you've got in the stable, if you're going to replace it and with what.
     


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    Rolex Submariner, Tag Heuer Monaco (McQueen version) and Omega Speedmaster are his fellows. Nothing else in mind (till 42mm Radiomir are on the street [​IMG]). Just to make some cash to buy shoes and suits! Thanks!
     


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