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Considering buying this 1960 Seamaster. Thoughts?

  1. Vausa412

    Vausa412 Sep 15, 2017

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm brand new to Omega watches (beside admiring their beauty for a long time) and this forum. I've been considering buying this Seamaster. I'm aware of all fake, bad quality watches out there but with no knowledge or resources to check this one out properly. I've been told you guys are incredibly helpful so I thought I'd seek your advice. Is this watch or merchant worth further consideration?

    Thank you so much!
     
  2. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Sep 15, 2017

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    Welcome and good for you that you're asking before buying.

    Case is well worn, crown is an incorrect replacement, dial is a matter of taste (much too patinated for mine).

    Asking price is very high, closer to a $500 US value.
     
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  3. Steray86

    Steray86 Sep 15, 2017

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    I'm new here too, the only thing I can recommend is take your time with your first purchase, so many people on here will help you make a good buy. With a few peoples help I bought one after keeping my eye on the sales threads. A Seamaster from the same period as this, in great nick for nearly half the price! (https://omegaforums.net/attachments/img_7036-jpg.440024/)

    All the best Steve
     
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  4. doog

    doog Sep 15, 2017

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    Good call asking questions before pulling the trigger, as I far as I can see no-one gets shot on this forum for asking sensible questions. Unless of course, you post crap pictures, when it's then open season on the unfortunate poster. As X350 suggested, it is overpriced, and the patina is too much for me too. If you're still keen then make them an offer, mentioning the wear and incorrect crown, and see what happens. Failing that, the perfect first Omega for you will make its presence known in due course. Happy hunting and welcome to the ranks of The OF noobs...
     
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  5. Vausa412

    Vausa412 Sep 15, 2017

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    I'm overwhelmed by how helpful you guys are. My heart is not set on this so I think I'll just keep looking.

    Thanks for the welcome and the advice!
     
  6. kingsrider

    kingsrider Thank you Sir! May I have another? Sep 15, 2017

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    Be patient. This is not the watch to start with and welcome to the forum.
    General question for the forum regarding this dial. Are the indices correct for the age of this watch? My recollection is that onyx inlaid indices came on later model watches.
     
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  7. Vausa412

    Vausa412 Sep 15, 2017

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    Thanks! How about we start with this Seamaster 600? What does everyone think?
     
  8. mikechi22

    mikechi22 Sep 15, 2017

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    That's a beauty! I'd buy it myself if I hadn't already used up all my money for Xmas gifts! The seller is a moderator on the forum, obviously knows his stuff and has a good eye! Buying from him is like buying something from the Omega Museum!
     
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  9. efauser

    efauser I ♥ karma!!! Sep 15, 2017

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    It's also on hold pending funds.
     
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  10. Vausa412

    Vausa412 Sep 15, 2017

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    Thanks, I've just now learned what OHPF means.
     
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  11. efauser

    efauser I ♥ karma!!! Sep 15, 2017

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    You're welcome.
     
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  12. mikechi22

    mikechi22 Sep 15, 2017

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    Lots of acronyms on here!
     
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  13. hendra324

    hendra324 dealer who would rather use aftermarket parts Sep 16, 2017

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    too much patina for me
     
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  14. Damo

    Damo Sep 16, 2017

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    Keep looking, there are plenty out there. Just take your time and research, research, research!
     
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  15. GordonL

    GordonL Sep 16, 2017

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    As a relative newbie myself, my advice to you is to monitor the sales section right here. You are bound to find something you like, and you can be confident that it's just what it claims to be!
     
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  16. Vausa412

    Vausa412 Sep 16, 2017

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    This Seamaster looks like a handsome watch as well. Anyone cares to give their opinions?


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    Also, on a general notes, I've seen watches here going for north of $10k (this, for instance). I couldn't possibly afford them but am curious what makes them special? I guess originality, rarity, and overall aesthetics have something to do with the high price but surely there has to be other factors unknown to my ignorant mind. I apologize in advance for such a naive/basic questions but I'd like to learn more. If there are threads/stickies pertaining to such knowledge, I'd be grateful if someone points them out to me.

    Edit: photos added.
     
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  17. efauser

    efauser I ♥ karma!!! Sep 16, 2017

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    Please post the photos rather than linking them.
     
  18. mikechi22

    mikechi22 Sep 16, 2017

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    Given that this is a member selling it, I think you can be assured that the watch itself is a bona fide Omega and has collector value. Just on Friday, a poor guy posted a Speedmaster that had some questions in terms of production year, originality of parts and the members thoroughly critiqued it. So, if something gets posted here, it's going to withstand scrutiny.

    As for price, you should search eBay on the reference numbers to get an idea of what similar ones trade for.

    Why are some watches so expensive? I guess it's a question of supply and demand. It seems like certain Speedmasters command the highest prices on average. As you read the sales postings, you can gather why. Pay close attention to @Fattony as he really elaborates on why his wares are unique and valuable.

    It doesn't seem like the Omega dress watches sell for huge sums, but they get up there: solid gold, deluxe versions, for example. Other rare and classic ones like the original 1957 Rail and Seamasters sell for biggish money. Of course, there is a market beyond Omega that puts this in an even larger perspective. There's a guy posting on here now wanting to sell a bunch of rare Speedmasters that have ceased to amuse him in order to buy a single, new watch that sells for around $30,000.

    Anyway, these are ramblings of a new member and everything I'm able to share comes from the wisdom and experience recorded in other people's posts here, so please do stick around! It's a fun and smart community!
     
  19. Vausa412

    Vausa412 Sep 16, 2017

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    Thank you, @mikechi22! That was a great explanation. I'll definitely stick around.
     
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  20. Gstp

    Gstp Sep 17, 2017

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    yeah, just ask SWMBO

    HAGWE