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  1. matt_kay

    matt_kay Aug 23, 2012

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    Hello omega community. My dad loves omega watches and has recently acquired a good example of one. It's is 18 ct gold, seamaster, antimagnetic manual wind up. The engraving on the back has worn and. Does not show in pics but reads 18k 0.750 seamaster then "ge" but could be "gents" just worn out. My own research suggests circa 1950 but I can't find a single example online that is identical to this. We would very much like to know the date and value of this watch. DSC_0799.JPG DSC_0799.JPG DSC_0804.JPG DSC_0805.JPG DSC_0806.JPG
     
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  2. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Aug 23, 2012

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    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but this is a counterfeit.

    Omega never marked their cases with the triangle marking and gold content like this, nor did they ever use the word "antimagnetic" on a Seamaster.

    The dial also looks absolutely nothing like any genuine Seamaster the printing is completely incorrect, as are the figures and hands.
     
  3. Kommis

    Kommis Vintage Omega Connoisseur Aug 23, 2012

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    You must be kidding! It is one of my favorite 18K Omega ...

    It is a cult fake. Sold to tourists in Mallorca Spain late 60's and early 70's.

    Will certainly be collectible as a classic fake watch in the future.

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  4. ulackfocus

    ulackfocus Aug 23, 2012

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    That's an 18 "carrot" case! :p It sure ain't real gold.

    Please ask about any future purchases before paying and we'll help you avoid this kind of thing.
     
  5. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Aug 23, 2012

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    Does he have the ability to get his money back on it?
     
  6. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Aug 23, 2012

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    If it was paid for with a credit card, a forced return is usually possible if necessary.

    Merchants don't like the words "charge back".
     
  7. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Aug 23, 2012

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  8. mondodec

    mondodec Editor Constellation Collectors Blog Aug 23, 2012

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    Sorry to hear of the OP's predicament with this fake.

    The cases were usually made out of pinchbeck, which is a kind of brass that looks like gold. These watches were everywhere in the southern Mediterranean too. I remember going to Rome on holiday with the parents in the late 60s and "hot watch" touts selling Omegas being at almost all of the major tourist destinations.

    Most of the Seamaster fakes I've seen have Russian one jewel movements, yet another example of attempts at subversion of Western economies during the cold war!

    Cheers
    Desmond
     
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  9. matt_kay

    matt_kay Aug 24, 2012

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    You guys are truly experts, the level of info here is great. Yes we are disappointed its fake but it only paid £50 for it so might even make a few pound on it sold as a vintage fake?
     
  10. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Aug 24, 2012

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    Honestly we'd rather you just binned it or destroyed it in a creative way, but either way once its been determined a fake the discussion of it has to end there for us
     
  11. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Aug 24, 2012

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    I'll put it a bit more bluntly. By advertising this watch, even as a vintage counterfeit, you'll likely be violating the law in your country. If that is the case, you'd subject to criminal and civil actions. Having said that, why anyone would pay $80 for a fake Omega is totally beyond me.

    My recommendation is to chalk it up to experience and move on,
    gatorcpa