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HELP WANTED: First time buying a vintage watch. Nervous.

  1. Trpt86

    Trpt86 Oct 25, 2014

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    Hello, I've decided to buy a vintage Omega, it's my first time buying and I'm a little overwhelmed/nervous about the number of scary fake watch stories I've read online. I read a magazine article that suggested using Chrono24 because it is more reputable than other online watch marketplaces. These are the two watches I found in my price range that I like looks of the best but was hoping someone here could give me an informed opinion about the authenticity and price. And help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    First: $450
    http://www.chrono24.com/en/omega/se...r=1&tab=details&urlSubpath=/omega/index-6.htm

    Watch 1 1.jpg Watch 1 2.jpg watch 1 3.jpg


    Second $563

    http://www.chrono24.com/en/omega/vi...ails&urlSubpath=/omega/index.htm&watchTypes=U

    Watch 2 1.jpg Watch 2 2.jpg Watch 2 3.jpg


    Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. :)
     
  2. Alpha

    Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Oct 25, 2014

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    Hi and welcome. Both pieces as stated in the listings have repainted dials and are of no appeal to collectors.
    I would suggest to follow the items for sale on this forum if a genuine piece is what you are after.
     
  3. John R Smith

    John R Smith Oct 25, 2014

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    I'm afraid that both of these examples are truly horrible and a very good example of what to avoid, even though they are both genuine Omegas and not fakes. Besides the refinished dials you have corroded cases and rough looking movements. Sadly, Chrono24 is not a reliable or safe source for the beginning collector, there is just as much over-priced junk on there as anywhere else. You are very welcome here, and you would be well advised to hang around, read the threads, ask some questions, and keep your money safe until the right watch shows up ;)
     
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  4. Trpt86

    Trpt86 Oct 25, 2014

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    Thanks, as I;m brand new at this so I'm glad I asked here first. Is $500ish an unrealistically low price for something worth owning?
     
  5. John R Smith

    John R Smith Oct 25, 2014

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    $500 is pretty tight as a budget, but it is possible to get something nice depending on your tastes. Have a look at our own For Sale sections and see what is around there at the moment, not necessarily to buy but to browse ;)
     
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  6. Mothra

    Mothra Oct 25, 2014

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    ;) I'm guessing the top left lug has had a new hole drilled on the first one, based on that photo. Trpt, please promise not to buy anything without support until you are a little more comfortable with spotting issues.
     
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  7. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Oct 25, 2014

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    You can get a nice Seamaster Cosmic in that range, they're under appreciated but you can find a good condition example with a great movement at a reasonable price
     
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  8. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Oct 25, 2014

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  9. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Oct 25, 2014

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