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  1. Habitant

    Habitant Jan 31, 2014

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    There seems to be a confessional tradition of sorts here wherein we own up to dumb mistakes we made when we first got interested. Here's mine, I've been hiding it away from my own eyes for a couple of years now, but today's the day I face up to it.
    I bought the enclosed calibre 283 in a case that had a passing connection to a C case, and then found that the back is not engraved with the Omega symbol and model number. Ouch.
    Question one: Looking at the machining it seems unlikely that this is a genuine Omega case to which the back has been change. Back is a bubble style steel snap back with no markings. Is it simply a re-cased movement in a shabby case? Crown is obviously incorrect, the least of my worries.
    Question two: what case style / model number does it belong to? The OVD seems to suggest CK 2504 or CK 2537. Any opinions on that? Can 'one' be definitive in such a case? The guilloche dial does seem relatively common out there.
    Question three: what to do with it? I've been keeping my eyes open, but not certain what case I should be hunting down; in any event, this seems incredibly unlikely to show up. So... throw it on eBay? Or, or or? The dial is in pretty good shape, kinda nice looking, I think.
    Thanks, folks!
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  2. CanberraOmega

    CanberraOmega Rabbitohs and Whisky Supporter Jan 31, 2014

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    Can we see the case back? (Inside and out)
     
  3. Habitant

    Habitant Jan 31, 2014

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  4. CanberraOmega

    CanberraOmega Rabbitohs and Whisky Supporter Jan 31, 2014

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    Why do you doubt it?
     
  5. Habitant

    Habitant Jan 31, 2014

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  6. Habitant

    Habitant Jan 31, 2014

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    The lack of markings, coupled with the relatively coarse machining on the case. There is a small amount of brassing, very small evidence of pitting, so the plating is good quality, on the other hand.
     
  7. Habitant

    Habitant Jan 31, 2014

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  8. John R Smith

    John R Smith Jan 31, 2014

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    Calibre 283 should never turn up in a C-style case, I think. The movement is not even fitted with the correct mounting screws. It is very odd that someone should make a case for such a low-value movement, really, but that seems to be what happened. It is a very nice guilloche dial and markers and would be worth pairing up with a correct period case (pre-1957).
     
  9. Habitant

    Habitant Jan 31, 2014

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    Indeed, it's held in place with a brass spacer ring...
     
  10. ulackfocus

    ulackfocus Jan 31, 2014

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    The C-case wasn't released by Omega until December of 1964.

    Somebody put that dial and movement into a generic case. My guess is the original case was gold and it was sold for melt value.
     
  11. John R Smith

    John R Smith Jan 31, 2014

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    Yes, good hypothesis. There were some Tresor 18k Omegas with the cal 283 (case ref 2686, for example). So the case would have been rose gold, as the hands and hour markers appear to be in these photos. The dark deed may have been done back at some point when gold prices were very high.
     
  12. Northernman

    Northernman Jan 31, 2014

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    I think that dial alone is worth the attempt at getting a correct case for it!

    The dark deeds have been active for quite some time. Many nice movements and dials for sale caused by silly gold miners.
    I have a 352RG Chronometer for sale that have suffered the same (ill) faith. Should have been solid 18K OT2520, but now sits in a ST2576. ::blowup::

    I would suggest to do some detective work on what cases was used for a 283 movement. The OVD allows you to search by caliber. I am quite sure a saved search on eBay with these references may land you a decent case.
    If it had been a more expensive movement, it could be an idea to get an extract from Omega based on your movement number as this would give you the correct case reference for it.

    Happy Hunting!
     
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  13. Northernman

    Northernman Jan 31, 2014

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  14. Habitant

    Habitant Jan 31, 2014

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  15. CanberraOmega

    CanberraOmega Rabbitohs and Whisky Supporter Jan 31, 2014

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    Sorry, I completely agree with you and everyone else on the first watch. I was questioning the eBay watch you linked to which looked ok to me.
     
  16. Habitant

    Habitant Feb 4, 2014

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  17. Northernman

    Northernman Feb 4, 2014

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    A bit high, but it was actually not a bad case. I am sure that plenty more will show up!
     
  18. Habitant

    Habitant Feb 4, 2014

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    I'm hoping so....