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  1. cristos71

    cristos71 Apr 17, 2018

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    A great lesson for the Constellation collector as to why you should never send your vintage piece to Omega for (very expensive) servicing. It will come back very shiny and having zero collector's value if you're not careful...

    Looks like a service dial with a lop-sided star, horribly polished to death case, wrong Omega crown and to top it off a nice £800 bill ::facepalm2::

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/OMEGA-Cons...097929?hash=item36303648c9:g:trsAAOSwNkxa1bQ2

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  2. GuiltyBoomerang

    GuiltyBoomerang Apr 17, 2018

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    For a moment I thought it was yours.

    Feeling relieved that it isn't and at the same time feeling bad for the seller ::facepalm2::
     
  3. Speedmasterfan88

    Speedmasterfan88 Apr 17, 2018

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    Oh wow, so sorry to see this! Not even the South Korean polished/refinished specials on eBay look that shiny.
    Omega really needs to finally step up their vintage service game. This is just sad.


    Edit: the Caseback! Oh the horror!

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    This belongs into the „Polished POS of the week“ thread.
     
  4. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Apr 17, 2018

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    And now it's worth less than the service cost.......
     
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  5. cristos71

    cristos71 Apr 17, 2018

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    I don't normally spend that amount buying most of mine :D

    I think the seller knows what he's holding, at least he doesn't have a wanker's reserve :p
     
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  6. Noddyman

    Noddyman Apr 17, 2018

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    I noticed this one earlier and initially thought the £500 starting price was a buy-it-now.
    After frantically pressing keys I soon realised it was an auction and not even worth the starting price.
    Seller probably thinks it looks great and doesn't realise its been ruined.
     
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  7. bazderome

    bazderome Apr 17, 2018

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    So sad to see this ::facepalm2::
     
  8. Rman

    Rman Apr 17, 2018

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    Favorite line item:
    “Finish case as best possible.”

    Is this Somlo’s work or Omega’s?

    Seems there are plenty of case polishers that can use a lapping machine better than these thugs.
     
  9. padders

    padders Apr 17, 2018

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    There is a lot wrong with that estimate. Firstly, case number 143.8111 doesn't exist. Secondly no 351 bumper movement was made as late as 1959 and with a 17.99m serial, it would have used a 5XX rotor auto movement surely (I note that billed him for a new rotor, further backing this up). It doesn't add up, based on that paperwork, I wouldn't touch it even if the dial had been left be!
     
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  10. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 17, 2018

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    This is Somlo's work. They also claim to be Omega authorized service.
    I have been there when they claimed that they "are" Omega. Not true.
     
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  11. Rman

    Rman Apr 17, 2018

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    When Omega refinishes a case will they do it to spec?
    Or just throw it on a polishing wheel while watching the telly?
     
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  12. Mouse_at_Large

    Mouse_at_Large still immune to Speedmaster attraction Apr 17, 2018

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    They are listed on the Omega website - https://www.omegawatches.com/store/storedetails/6185 I don't know the exact corporate relationship with Somlo, but here the link to their site http://www.somlo.com/ Same businesses, same address. I suspect that the "Omega Vintage Store" is a trading name for part of the Somlo business.
     
  13. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Apr 17, 2018

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    Depends - I've seen both from official service centers.
     
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  14. TOTIZ

    TOTIZ Apr 17, 2018

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    I’m still a noob, so please feel free to jump in and stamp on my toes if necessary, but the thing that gobsmacked me was the price for the service ! Apart from ruining a lovely vintage watch, they charged £575 just for the service, WTF ? As a comparison, I‘ve just got back from the watchmaker who is servicing my Genève and Seamaster. His basic prices for servicing are €150 (£129) for manual wind and €250 (£216) for automatics. Obviously the parts come on top. (The price for the manual wind tallies with what a forum member from elsewhere in the EU gave me as a guideline.)

    Which leads me to a question. Is servicing in the UK generally that expensive, or is their price way over the top ?
     
  15. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Apr 17, 2018

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    You will get all kinds of opinions on this question - some informed, some not.

    The bottom line is that unless you know the exact scope of what was done (what was and wasn't included in that price), you can't make a proper judgement on the service price. They listed a new rotor as a separate charge, but usually lots of parts are replaced in a service like this, so if all other worn parts were included it could be reasonable (not speaking about the end result, just the service costs).
     
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  16. Peemacgee

    Peemacgee Purrrr-veyor of luxury cat box loungers Apr 17, 2018

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    Notwithstanding what Archer said - Somlo count themselves as THE vintage watch shop (in a swanky part of London) so it’s a bit like doing your grocery shop at Fortnum and Mason.
    A Standard service in the U.K. is pretty much in line with the figures you quoted from a number of trusted watchmakers.
     
  17. TOTIZ

    TOTIZ Apr 17, 2018

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    Ahhhhh OK. Thanks for the clarification @Archer, that doesn’t make it seem as bad as it looks. I honestly thought that was for the servicing without the parts.
     
  18. TOTIZ

    TOTIZ Apr 17, 2018

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    Thanks for the reply @Peemacgee. The groceries were a great example and everything is falling into place now.
    Sometimes I have days where I think I’m never going to learn this collecting lark :confused:
     
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  19. Kapka

    Kapka Apr 17, 2018

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    They call that "Finish case as best possible"!! I really wonder what that watch looked like before polishing..Who knows, maybe the case wasn't even Omega :D..
     
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  20. mayankyadav

    mayankyadav Apr 17, 2018

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    Even I know that you should never send your vintage watches to Omega for serving ... and I dont even have any ( ok.. just one ) vintage watch.
    I guess , the guy needs to be sent a link to this site.