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  1. MSNWatch

    MSNWatch Vintage Omega Aficionado Staff Member Jan 25, 2015

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    Let's take a bit of a break from speedmasters (love them but we need the diversity).

    Got this one from eBay about a year ago - cheap since the dial was trashed, didn't have any hands, wasn't running BUT the case looked unpolished and the movement looked clean. I did have the correct parts to make it right and I wish I had the before photos but the listing has since been removed and I didn't save the seller's pictures. But here is how the watch looks today - cosmetically much improved (one of the nicer looking TDMPs in my collection) and of course running with all the functions operational:

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  2. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 25, 2015

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    Stunning piece mate, was that a spare dial you had for it?
     
  3. alam

    alam Jan 25, 2015

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    Very nice! How does the cost of routine service for these types of complications compare to say, the traditional chronograph?
     
  4. ricardorio

    ricardorio Jan 25, 2015

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    exquisite and beautiful
     
  5. MSNWatch

    MSNWatch Vintage Omega Aficionado Staff Member Jan 25, 2015

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    Yup, I do have a few dials, cases, and other parts that are unobtanium. My preparations for the day when omega stops selling parts has led me to accumulate a ton of parts that fill several drawers. Here are a couple of rare parts stored away (and not for sale!):

    This caseback:

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    And this case:

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  6. MSNWatch

    MSNWatch Vintage Omega Aficionado Staff Member Jan 25, 2015

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    I pay somewhere in between a time only movement and a chronograph.
     
  7. Pahawi

    Pahawi Jan 25, 2015

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    Very cool - sounds like you should be able to have a fun retirement......:)
     
  8. Mods

    Mods I'm not really an ΩF mod but I play one on TV Jan 25, 2015

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    Please stop it.....your hurting me! I realllllly would like just one nice example ::love:: :)
     
  9. marturx

    marturx Jan 25, 2015

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    VERY well done! Wonderful watch! Gives me the goose bumps to see that lovely unpolished case!

    Congrats!
     
  10. Mark020

    Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer Jan 25, 2015

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    +1. Very nice and good to see somebody was smart enough to by this stuff when it was still to be had :)
     
  11. Joe K.

    Joe K. Curious about this text thingy below his avatar Jan 25, 2015

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    Beautiful job! Its great when watches like this can be resurrected,
     
  12. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 25, 2015

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  13. flyingout

    flyingout Jan 25, 2015

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    Would love to hear more about your strategy, as I've been thinking about this myself. Spare movements for parts? Commonly needed parts (but which)? New crystals, pushers, mainsprings, etc.? Or are you mostly focussed on cases, dials, and such?
     
  14. MSNWatch

    MSNWatch Vintage Omega Aficionado Staff Member Jan 25, 2015

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    Lots of the common parts - crystals, mainsprings, stems, crowns, pushers. Also have several dials, cases and movements I can use for spares - have about 50 vintage movements for spare purposes (about 20 of them have been serviced and are running so I know for those all the parts are pretty much functional). Here is a quick and dirty photo of 9 bumper movements I can harvest for spares - all of them serviced and in running condition:
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  15. flyingout

    flyingout Jan 25, 2015

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    Excellent. Thanks.

    I guess the next question is how. The 'bay for movements, sure. But the new spares? Are they still available for a 321 or might a friendly watchmaker get some for me? I only have one watch I need to cover, for now at least.

    Edit: On it. Ofrei. Anything tricky about ordering parts designated for 2998?
     
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  16. ulackfocus

    ulackfocus Jan 25, 2015

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    Thank you!
     
  17. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Jan 25, 2015

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  18. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 25, 2015

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    Don't know, random found internet image I chose to match the watch.
     
  19. datniche27

    datniche27 Jan 26, 2015

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    That is an amazing watch, wish it were mine. Beautiful. I'd live to see a wristshot.
     
  20. jw0n

    jw0n Jan 26, 2015

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    Wow, gorgeous. Thank you for sharing! More pics, please??!