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  1. Dablitzer

    Dablitzer Mar 3, 2014

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    Just got this in from the highlands of Sunny Scotland :) It was an attic find, one previous family. Sitting gathering dust for 20 years after being passed down to a son who didn't want to revive or repair it.. :(

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    I decided to take him in and give him a new lease of life! :thumbsup:

    Whilst not attractive to some, I can live with the dial patina, it's aged to a charming golden yellow. And has nice gold accents and numbers and the lume has gone a sort of charcoal colour.

    Case caked throughout in muck and grime I cleansed the remnants of rust that were appearing near the movement, trying not to allow any into it..luckily not too much actually on it anyway!

    I stealthily removed the fixo-flex bracelet too ;)

    The watch was advertised as "not working" needing repairs.

    Once I've done the cosmetics I will send him off for a proper service, as he deserves it, but it does amaze me every single time knowing these watches have literally been sat and gathering dust in someone's attic! and in some cases, still run!

    It has a 2577-3 case and a 343RG under the hood!

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    After a gentle rub down and polywatch clean, I saw it was an original signed crystal, too.

    At the beginning it wasn't running, probably just seized up, lubricants dried... By the end it had a heart beat.. It's subdial seconds came to life..

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    Now it's ready to be serviced! :D
     
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  2. MSNWatch

    MSNWatch Vintage Omega Aficionado Staff Member Mar 3, 2014

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    Case should be a 2576 not a 2577 since the 2577 is for center seconds like the 352/354 movement.
     
  3. Dablitzer

    Dablitzer Mar 3, 2014

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    Thanks Mike. I think either dial and movement have been transplanted or the Caseback has been replaced. What's the difference between a 2577 and a 2576 case, are they quite similar?
     
  4. MSNWatch

    MSNWatch Vintage Omega Aficionado Staff Member Mar 3, 2014

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    Same case but both case styles had variants - lugs could be thin or thick. The 354/352 bumpers are .65mm thicker than the 342/343 movements so the transplanting is only one way like in your watch - 343s will fit in both 2576 and 2577 but 354s will fit only in 2577 but not in 2576. The same thickness difference can be seen in the 30mm manual winds (center vs. subseconds) and in the early 5xx series (the 505/505 movements were thicker than the later 55x/56x ones).
     
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  5. Hardy

    Hardy Mar 3, 2014

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    Love the patina!
     
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  6. pitpro

    pitpro Likes the game. Mar 3, 2014

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    FWIW. Not the first time I have seen 343 in 2577 case.
    You know what they say about coincidences...
     
  7. pitpro

    pitpro Likes the game. Mar 3, 2014

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    Nice find!
    You're getting to be a real Picker.
     
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  8. Dablitzer

    Dablitzer Mar 3, 2014

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    Interesting... Do you have any pics? :)
     
  9. pitpro

    pitpro Likes the game. Mar 3, 2014

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    nope.
     
  10. brack

    brack Mar 3, 2014

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    Hi Dablitzer,
    Who would you recommend for a service in England?
     
  11. Dablitzer

    Dablitzer Mar 3, 2014

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    Shoot stefan a pm! :)