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Is it legit, for it to house a caliber 550 movement?

  1. seamonster

    seamonster Respectable Member Jan 7, 2012

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    This is part of a learning process.

    Is it legit for an Omega Seamaster 300m, model reference 166.024 to house a caliber 550 movement, instead of the usual 552?

    Thank you.
     
  2. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Jan 7, 2012

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    The correct reference for a non-date Omega Seamaster 300 of this generation is 165.024, not 166.024. And yes, the 165.024 did come in a 17 jewel version for the US market as per Omega.

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:cnJe_FAS-2cJ:62.73.172.171/eMuseumPlus?service=ExternalInterface&siteId=1&module=collection&objectId=14302&viewType=detailView&lang=en emuseumplus 165.0024&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

    If the caseback really says 166.024, then it is likely a frankenwatch with a replaced movement, or a Watchco remake with a factory replacement case and remanufactured movement.

    Hope this helps,
    gatorcpa
     
  3. seamonster

    seamonster Respectable Member Jan 7, 2012

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    Thanks for your response.

    Sorry, it is an oversight on my part. You are correct, it is model reference number 165.024 and not 166.024. I appreciate the correction and also the advice, such a watch is legit.