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First omega(SM 300) + A few questions on bracelet options for small wrists

  1. theflywrist

    theflywrist May 6, 2017

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    Hey guys.
    I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their weekend.
    I have been a lurker here for some time, but finally created my account today.
    I am going to receive my very first Omega in a week's time, and I am absolutely ecstatic.

    I have been in love with the SM300 ever since I tried my good friend's on some time ago, but it has been difficult to find a decent example.
    Fast forward a few days ago, I was lucky enough to have stumbled across this exceptional example from some great guys.
    I just have a few questions regarding my bracelet options.
    Given that I have very small wrists (6"), I was advised against resizing the 1039 that the watch comes with. Primarily because removing so many links can end up damaging the bracelet, and further diminishing it's value.
    I am a believer of simply wearing and enjoying my watches, so I would like some insight on what the experts think. Should it be an issue?
    I understand that an alternative, and arguably better option is the 1171 with 633 ends? How would this wear on a smaller wrist like mine.

    I am open to suggestions or any other alternative options, or weather I should stick to the 1039.
    This is my first venture into Omega, and I am a sucker for divers, so this is extremely exciting for me.

    Appreciate your help in advance.
     
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  2. LaurentBxl

    LaurentBxl May 6, 2017

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    Hi,

    I just bought a vintage 1171 (the one with screws and narrow clasp) for my Watchco. My wrist is 18mm, and the bracelet is 14mm after removing all the links and adjusting the clasp to a minimum length. Any shorter would require removing permanent links. It is just ok for me, but you would have to remove at least 2 more links, and I have yet to see how to do that without damaging the links. Also the bracelet goes from 20mm at the lugs to 15 at the clasp in a very elegant way. so you need to avoid removing too many links.

    If I was you I would buy a modern 1171 that is a lot cheaper and do what ever needs to be done to size it properly. That way you do not damage a nice and expensive one and it will fit the watch nicely with the 633 end links.

    Cheers,

    Laurent
     
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  3. bags1971

    bags1971 May 6, 2017

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    stunning watch congrats :)
     
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  4. watchlovr

    watchlovr May 6, 2017

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    There is no problem removing links from your bracelet.
    If you want to wear it on the original bracelet, go ahead. Guide here http://www.old-omegas.com/bracadd.html
    Plenty of alternatives also.
     
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  5. theflywrist

    theflywrist May 6, 2017

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    Thank you guys so much for the responses.
    I am not one to "preserve" a watch or its bracelet if I am honest. I will wear the watch on its strap for a while, but will definitely look at others who have successfully resized thier original 1039s without damaging it, and have a competent watch maker do that for me.
    I am happy as long as I know the links can be put back on with no issues later.
    Causing stretch or wear on the bracelet is inevitable and does not bother me. Thanks for the link! Extremely helpful, and thank you all for the prompt responses. :)
     
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  6. uwsearch

    uwsearch May 6, 2017

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    Find yourself a 1175 that very much looks like a 1039 but cost a lot less and is more durable. Feeling on wrist is better too, and wear that beauty without worrying too much... Btw nobody told you to switch the bezel to a recent one to save that rare 3rd generation one in perfect condition?

    I've got her twin sister:
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  7. bags1971

    bags1971 May 6, 2017

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    Another cracking SM300 one day ill find one in that condition :)
     
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  8. brunik

    brunik May 6, 2017

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    Nice one... i agree with 1175, it's a good choice
     
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  9. theflywrist

    theflywrist May 7, 2017

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    Thank you guys for the responses! Truly thrilled, and cannot wait to receive the watch.
    I guess I will start by posting reading a little more and trying to see these bracelets in the flesh through friends, and then following up with a "WTB" thread on the one that I like the best. Don't hesitate to reach out via PM if you have something decent that may be up for grabs! :)
    Have a nice day all, and thank you once again.
     
  10. noiseboyuk

    noiseboyuk May 7, 2017

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    Super SM300 - congratulations.
    I suggest you get your watchmaker to remove the necessary links - and away you go.
    Enjoy wearing the watch without worrying too much about marking it up - it's already survived a few decades and, after all, it is a 'tool' watch.
     
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  11. WatchVaultNYC

    WatchVaultNYC May 7, 2017

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    Use a very thick strap. It will help with the lugs jutting out the side of your wrist. I use this technique on Zeniths
     
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  12. harrymai86

    harrymai86 May 7, 2017

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    well that is a stunning piece, i would definitely resize the 1039 for it.
     
  13. Baz9614

    Baz9614 May 7, 2017

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    Removing links in a 1039 is quite a simple procedure, and easy to do yourself! With that said, keep any that you remove in a safe place as each link sells for about $100 on the bay. The link provided above should show the steps clearly. Good Luck!
     
  14. propervinyl

    propervinyl May 12, 2017

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    This is a really beautiful find! Would you mind if I ask about the details?
     
  15. theflywrist

    theflywrist May 13, 2017

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    Out of curiosity, would a 1175 be compatible with 516 ends?
     
  16. theflywrist

    theflywrist May 13, 2017

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    Not at all! Happy to help with what I know. I am relatively new to Omegas, but quickly learning a lot :)
     
  17. watchknut

    watchknut New watch + Instagram + wife = dumbass May 13, 2017

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    Welcome aboard! Now get an avatar:) Fun to see IG people join OF.
     
  18. propervinyl

    propervinyl May 13, 2017

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    So, I was super tired last night, which is why my post made zero sense.... just wondering if there is a story you could share about how you got it.

    In all seriousness, this is a beautiful SM300.
     
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  19. theflywrist

    theflywrist May 13, 2017

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    Thank you very much man haha! The avatar is coming. Just waiting for the watch to get here first ;)
     
  20. theflywrist

    theflywrist May 13, 2017

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    Haha thats no problem.
    It was a strike of luck really. I noticed the watch posted online by some really great dealers who are some of the nicest guys/collectors I know.
    Watch was sold by the time I asked about it(maybe 10 minutes after it was posted), but the supposed buyer instead purchased another watch from them.
    I, along with a bunch of others who had inquired were notified, and I didnt take long to decide, so..
    Will post some pictures in the flesh in the next day or two. Really so excited to have her come home! :)
     
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