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Incoming: Omega Automatic Chronometer 2515, cal. 333

  1. Melhadary

    Melhadary Jul 18, 2013

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    The transitional cal. 333 is one that I have been after for a while, and has been quite elusive and hard to catch since I started collecting, especially in a sharp case and with a relatively clean dial.

    Finally, this one came through, in the form of an SS Automatic Chronometer 2515.

    Would really appreciate your thoughts and any interesting facts about this "lord" of a watch!

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  2. John R Smith

    John R Smith Jul 18, 2013

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    Rather nice - with the RG regulator, eh? Open ended lugs, very similar to my Connie (I think they're brilliant, makes changing straps a breeze). This must be quite a rare beast . . .
     
  3. Melhadary

    Melhadary Jul 18, 2013

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    Thanks John. Yes, these bumper chronometers are a mission of mine, and I always remember a bumper chronometer lineage diagram posted by Bill Sohne in one of his wonderful threads, which I gratefully refer to here. This has been somewhat of a plan for my collecting habits:
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  4. John R Smith

    John R Smith Jul 18, 2013

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    So (forgive me if I am completely off-track) this is a kind of proto-Constellation from ca 1950, with a 30mm version of the bumper movement, the 333, which had a sub-second dial? I notice that the case design is very similar to my Connie. I've somehow ended up with two 354 movements and they are really rather nice, but no RG regulator of course.
     
  5. MSNWatch

    MSNWatch Vintage Omega Aficionado Staff Member Jul 18, 2013

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    And there are only 3 with the Rg regulator and premium parts - 343, 352 and 333; 343 and 333 being much less common than 352. 354 in chronometre guise is quite common and 344 have not really seen as a chronometre.
     
  6. Melhadary

    Melhadary Jul 18, 2013

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    I believe these 333's, in Seamaster screw in case-back, and the Automatic chronometer snap-back case-backs were the larger sized 35-36 mm models, right Mike?
     
  7. MSNWatch

    MSNWatch Vintage Omega Aficionado Staff Member Jul 18, 2013

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    Yes 36mm in the seamaster screwback case and 35mm like yours in snapback guise. The 2515 is pretty much the stainless steel version of the 2500 centenary.
     
  8. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Jul 18, 2013

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    Ref. 2515, 2516 and 2517 are all bridges between the Centenary and the Constellations.

    http://www.omegawatches.com/spirit/history/vintage-omegas/vintage-watches-database?ref=19445

    All have the same case and are the same size (~35mm). The 2515 has the rarer sub-seconds movement. The only difference between the 2516 and 2517 is that the crown on the 2517 has a lead gasket.

    Very nice all original example of the Ref. 2515. You don't see these every day or even every month.

    Hope this helps,
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  9. Melhadary

    Melhadary Jul 18, 2013

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    Many thanks, gator.
    Just the interesting tidbits I like to hear and collect :)
     
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  10. kingmatic

    kingmatic Jul 24, 2013

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    Hello everyone, :)

    First at all , I ´d like to apologize because I haven´t had the opportunity to introduce myself properly ( this is my first post in this great forum , but I promise I will in a near future) .

    The reason for the rush is because I would like to share with you guys a close cousin of the fabulous incoming Omega 2515 of Melhadary (congratulations buddy a great catch for sure) .:thumbsup:
    I bought this Omega automatic chronometre (ref 2515-2; movement 12 xxx xxx) a couple of years ago and because of the excellent thread of Mr Bill Sohne in PuristPro I was aware of the rarity of these snap-back 333 steel case (" Jumbo " size : 35.5 mm).

    The photo is ugly, but I will post a new pictures in a near future
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    Sincerely,
    su amigo
    Kingmatic
     
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  11. kingmatic

    kingmatic Jul 24, 2013

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    I´m so sorry, a newbie mistake , my photo was duplicated :confused:
     
  12. Melhadary

    Melhadary Jul 26, 2013

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    Thanks Kingmatic :)
    Nice dial variation on yours, too. Will be waiting to see some more photos :thumbsup:
     
  13. Melhadary

    Melhadary Aug 2, 2013

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    Arrival Update:
    Since arrival, I've been trying to really do this watch justice with the photographs, without avail! My skills are so unfair to this watch, and if I ever get the chance to get a pro photographer to get a photo-shoot of this watch, I will definitely share.... it is really worth it!
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    With an amazing combination of case, dial, sub dial, markers, hands and crown, colors and materials both!
    First, the case condition was what popped up at me. Although somewhat scratched with daily use, the edges, corners, curves and outlines are still so well defined and soooo 50's still, it astounded me!
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    Dial-wise, I was first mislead from the seller pics that the dial was white. To my pleasant surprise, the dial was an awesome two-tone silver. DSCF0853.JPG
    From every which angles, you get a different perspective/character/shine of the watch DSCF0875.JPG DSCF0877.JPG DSCF0897.JPG A very deceptive watch, which doesn't really tell all what it's got, no matter what way you look at it.
    It is truly only an experience!
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  14. apollo XI

    apollo XI Aug 2, 2013

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    I like it ::love:: ::love:: ::love::... Beautifull.

    Congrats for this entry, I think a rare watch.


    Giuseppe.
     
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  15. Dablitzer

    Dablitzer Aug 2, 2013

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    That's amazeing !! Did I mention dibs? In the highly unlikely event that you ever sell it. A real rare beauty! :cool:
     
  16. Melhadary

    Melhadary Aug 2, 2013

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    Thanks Alex :)
    You're right, though... it sure will be a while, but you called it first, my friend ;)
     
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  17. cvalue13

    cvalue13 Aug 2, 2013

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    A great watch, and looking better than this 333 snap-back (with a 2421 ref) for $1.7K!
     
  18. cvalue13

    cvalue13 Aug 2, 2013

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  19. Melhadary

    Melhadary Aug 2, 2013

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  20. sohail

    sohail Aug 2, 2013

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    Beauty.....