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  1. Rranger

    Rranger Feb 13, 2017

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    Looking for your thoughts. Dad gave this to me a couple of years ago and recently trying to place the year of the watch. Very special to me so the value is sentimental. I live in Chicago and I'm looking for a watch maker to clean and bring back its luster. Any recommendations would be great. I've googled Omega stores and there are a couple, or should I go with an independent? Thank you for you feedback. New at the forum so I hope this is correct.
     
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  2. Ravineman

    Ravineman Feb 13, 2017

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    Its a beauty ! I say its a bumper movement from the late 1950s. I have close to the same watch except my dial was refinished.

    Someone here may be able to give you an independent close to you .... that's the way to go. Don't give it to OMEGA they will remove all traces of its originality and that's a no no around here.
     
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  3. efauser

    efauser I ♥ karma!!! Feb 13, 2017

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    Independent. A couple of things not to do: Do not send to Omega. Do not let any watchmaker polish the case. Do not refinish the dial. There will be some posters who will make recommendations for service in the Chicago area. Unless you know when it was last serviced, do not wind or wear until it has been serviced. You don't want to break anything.
    Enjoy the watch. It appears to be Seamaster reference 14350 from the mid 50s. http://naligazone.com/index.php/data-watch/omega/caliber-3/cal-354/ko-14350
     
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  4. Rranger

    Rranger Feb 13, 2017

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    Ravineman. Thank you, great help.
     
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  5. Rranger

    Rranger Feb 13, 2017

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    Efauser, thank you. However I did wind it and she is working fine, based on my little knowledge of a watch like this. I will stay away from the downtown Omega store.
     
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  6. efauser

    efauser I ♥ karma!!! Feb 13, 2017

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    It may be working fine but please don't do any more until it has been serviced. Parts are out there but they're not as plentiful as a newer movement.
     
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  7. Rranger

    Rranger Feb 13, 2017

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    Absolutely. Will not wind again and start researching an independent. thank you again.
     
  8. ajg1960

    ajg1960 Feb 13, 2017

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    It seems to be a very cool old watch. I cherish a couple of old watches my dad gave to me, neither would be very valuable to anyone, but priceless to me.

    On your watch, maybe it's the photos but does something look weird with the second "a"in Seamaster?
     
  9. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Feb 13, 2017

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    I'd say it's just aging of the dial thats lifted some of the print, same as the first "e" and some of the minute markers.
     
  10. ajg1960

    ajg1960 Feb 13, 2017

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    Thanks, that's helpful. Always learning on Omegaforums.