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The Draper Seamaster: Rare As Hens Teeth?

  1. Superpacker

    Superpacker Apr 9, 2013

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    So I just need to get this out to know if I need to get the idea out of my head. How hard is to find the Seamaster DeVille recently featured in Mad Men? First, I hate calling it "The Draper Seamaster" however, this seems to be the easiest way to refer to it. Second, I have never seen a single episode, and have no plan to. However, I have known for years that I had wanted a vintage Omega, known for a while that I wanted a Seamaster DeVille, and then when I saw this model on Hodinkee, I concluded that it best encapsulated what I was looking for. However, my searching and reading so far has lead me to several conclusion: 1) black dial Seamasters are rarer than white; 2) cross-hairs are rarer than plain dials; 3) black dial with cross-hair even rarer; 4) the popularity of the show only makes these even harder to find, and frequently faked. Thoughts?
     
  2. ulackfocus

    ulackfocus Dennis @ ΩF - vociferous quartzophobe Staff Member Apr 9, 2013

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    95% of black dials are refinished. 99.5% of black dialed Seamaster DeVilles with crosshairs are refinished. To specifically comment on point #4: yes, sort of - it makes them more findable as redials since the casual vintage buyer only wants a Mad Men Don Draper watch. :rolleyes:
     
  3. Dablitzer

    Dablitzer Apr 9, 2013

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    I might be wrong but isn't the said watch from Mad Men a redial anyway? Bought from Watchestobuy.com?
     
  4. Superpacker

    Superpacker Apr 9, 2013

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    Yeah, I've read that its a redial. I know it sound cliche, and potentially by owning it someone might say "Hey, its the Don Draper watch." However, I already knew I was looking for a sleek and simple black dial Seamaster, and I felt the crosshairs just added a touch of panache while maintaining clean simplicity.
     
  5. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Apr 9, 2013

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    There's really no shame in owning a redialed watch.

    If you like the look, wear and enjoy.
     
  6. Dablitzer

    Dablitzer Apr 9, 2013

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    Completely agree! :D It actually kickastarted my love of Seamasters so I can't really complain. And I love black dial & crosshair, it seems to have the sleek appeal in leaps and bounds! The first Seamaster I owned was a redial - black dial, gold cap with crosshair...Happy Days! ::psy::

    Just PM you.
     
  7. Superpacker

    Superpacker Apr 9, 2013

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    Good perspective. I can see that.
     
  8. adam78

    adam78 Apr 9, 2013

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    Agree, as long as you don't overpay...
     
  9. Dablitzer

    Dablitzer Apr 9, 2013

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    Thats a really good point. Some of them are more expensive than their original counterparts.
     
  10. MMMD

    MMMD curmudgeonly absurdist Apr 9, 2013

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    Proudly wearing a Draper Memovox (Season 1) - or something like it - today. It looks better on me. :)

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  11. agee

    agee Apr 9, 2013

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    Very very cool Memovox
     
  12. Superpacker

    Superpacker Apr 9, 2013

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    Yes. Very cool. MMMD, nice how you acknowledge the Draper association, but more assertively make it yours!
     
  13. pitpro

    pitpro Likes the game. Apr 9, 2013

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    danjperry Apr 10, 2013

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  15. Superpacker

    Superpacker Apr 16, 2013

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    Dang you Rolling Stone Magazine (and Hodinkee)! By featuring Mr. Draper on the cover in this Seamaster, and by Hodinkee pointing it out, this could have increased the difficulty.
     
  16. ulackfocus

    ulackfocus Dennis @ ΩF - vociferous quartzophobe Staff Member Apr 16, 2013

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    More likely it will increase the amount of dials redone in black. :rolleyes:
     
  17. Superpacker

    Superpacker Apr 16, 2013

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    That too. Maybe this will ease the clamor for genuine black dials? As many will be distracted by pristine redials in their effort to embody Mr. Draper. Still have not seen a single show.
     
  18. ulackfocus

    ulackfocus Dennis @ ΩF - vociferous quartzophobe Staff Member Apr 16, 2013

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    You & me both brother.
     
  19. Privateday7

    Privateday7 Apr 21, 2013

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    Almost similar to Don Draper's. The difference: it is not Deville and it is not redialed ;) Cal 503

    SMB Group 3 LR.jpg SMB Group 2 LR.jpg SMB Group 1 LR.jpg

    With its cousin a subsecond black dial Seamaster
    SMB Group double 1 LR.jpg SMB Group Caseback 2 LR.jpg
     
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  20. pitpro

    pitpro Likes the game. Apr 21, 2013

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