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  1. nzshadow

    nzshadow Jun 22, 2019

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    I apologise for the blatant showing off, but I live in a very small village and have no one in the real world to share my absolute euphoria with.

    I am a complete bottom-feeder; I scour charity stores, flea markets, tip shops etc for bargains. The thrill is the hunt, I love it. Today I hit the jackpot. A 145-022-71 in a cluttered second-hand store in a very small rural Australian town.

    It runs, but the crown is very tight. Obviously, it needs a clean & service. (and a 1171)
    I have spent the last few hours pouring over Speedmaster 101 and Fratellos guides, cross checking everything.
    I am happy to say that as far as I can tell, it is 100% original. (If you know better, please enlighten me).

    I am so happy I could squeal.

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  2. Davidt

    Davidt Jun 22, 2019

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    Looks like it's all correct- great find.

    Can you show a pic of the crown?
     
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  3. pascs

    pascs Jun 22, 2019

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    Crystal is probably not the original as it appears to have a silver tension ring instead of the original black, and also no omega symbol in the middle. One pusher looks to be a bit loose as it sits further out, just need the screw to be tightened.
    But overall looks a nice watch which will clean up well :thumbsup:
     
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  4. Steve Essex

    Steve Essex Jun 22, 2019

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    Jammy bugger! If I fell in a bed of roses, I’d come up smelling like s..............:whistling:
     
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  5. sdre

    sdre Jun 22, 2019

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    Congrats dude.
     
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  6. jeppehh

    jeppehh Jun 22, 2019

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    So it actually does happen. Good to know.

    Congratulations on the awesome find.
     
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  7. nzshadow

    nzshadow Jun 22, 2019

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    Thank you for that - a replacement crystal I can live with. You are 100% correct about the loose pusher, this will be taken care of when serviced.

    Here is a crown pic as requested.

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  8. JamieG

    JamieG Jun 22, 2019

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    Lucky b***er! If I ever do that all I find is 1970/80’s Casio digital watches requiring a battery.

    Enjoy it and please do post more pics when you’ve had it cleaned etc
     
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  9. jeppehh

    jeppehh Jun 22, 2019

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    Maybe @nzshadow can enlighten us on a circa crappy quartz to Speedmaster ratio when bargain hunting?
     
  10. nzshadow

    nzshadow Jun 22, 2019

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    Oh man...

    I have been scouring opshops/charity stores/thrift shops, tip shops, and the like every day for the past 30 years.
    'Every day' is the key. I hunt vinyl records, antiquarian books, MCM furniture and, since 2015, watches.

    I am not exaggerating when I say I spend hours upon hours rummaging through utter rubbish in the hope of unearthing gold. On the watch front, I would say I have driven hundreds of kilometres, and sorted through thousands of gaudy Chinese plastic crap.

    My other great find was a Seamaster. It's my avatar pic.

    But this takes the cake.
     
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  11. SpeedyPhill

    SpeedyPhill asked ages ago but no longer interested Jun 22, 2019

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    Congratz...
    BTW this is not the real world
     
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  12. Mark020

    Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer Jun 22, 2019

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    Congrats! I recognise the nobody to show off part ;-)
     
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  13. Davidt

    Davidt Jun 22, 2019

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    Interesting to see that crown on a -71. I've been looking into when the late 60's crowns switched over and you don't normally see A2's on -71's. It's usually an A3.

    Not a bad problem to have as this crown may be original and even if it's not, its more sought after than the more commonly seen (on the -71) A3.
     
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  14. nzshadow

    nzshadow Jun 22, 2019

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    ilovemyspeedmaster says it's a 1973

    That is my birth year.

    Holy shit.
     
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  15. nzshadow

    nzshadow Jun 22, 2019

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    That is great. God this place rules. What an absolute wealth of information.
     
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  16. bdp

    bdp Jun 22, 2019

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    Great find, and a birth year watch to boot!!
    Some things are meant to be.
    Wear it well. ::rimshot::
     
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  17. OWa

    OWa Jun 22, 2019

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    Congratulations. Very nice find! :thumbsup:
     
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  18. nzshadow

    nzshadow Jun 22, 2019

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    :)
     
  19. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jun 22, 2019

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    What state are you in you lucky bastard. Lucky to find a watch that’s not a
    G-Shock in the Northern Territory (I’m in Darwin)

    You want to send it to

    https://www.lewiswatchco.com/

    In Perth. A member here and known for great work on anything Omega
     
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  20. jeppehh

    jeppehh Jun 22, 2019

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    To me this sounds more like hard work than luck!

    Nice bonus... and then it’s also a birth year. Fantastic.
     
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