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  1. ayersbh80

    ayersbh80 Oct 28, 2017

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    Hello!
    I'm new to the forum and purchased a vintage Seamaster 120M at an estate sale. Don't know too much about the Omega brand and am new to collecting vintage watches but I think I did okay with it. It had been inspected by a certified jeweler that confirmed it was authentic. The S/N is 25112000. Just curious about the details on the year etc and am wondering if anyone has seen a band like this? Is it period? The watch is currently not working but I am going to take it to get repaired this week. Would love your thoughts on it!
     
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  2. dan7800

    dan7800 Oct 28, 2017

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    Disclaimer: There are many more people on the board more knowledgeable than I am.

    A few things

    - I believe the watch is a quartz movement. If so, these are generally much much less desirable than mechanical movements. If so, it could just need a battery? The majority of watch collectors probably wouldn't touch a quartz movements.
    - A "certified jeweler" - What are they certified in? Omegas? Watches? Diamonds? Being awesome? - I am not trying to pick on you, but just be careful as there are many self proclaimed experts in everything in the watch world. One good thing about vintage Omegas is that I understand the majority to be real, but the tricky thing gets into if they are authentic dials, hands etc..... So in all probability the watch is "real", but the components that are genuine are something the experts should weigh in on.
    - I am also pretty positive that the band is some kind of aftermarket band added by the previous owner. The band is probably not worth anything.

    I hope this helps. Again, disclaimer in that I have a lot to learn myself.

    Welcome to the board.
     
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  3. Noddyman

    Noddyman Oct 28, 2017

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    Are you sure about that serial no. 25xxx dates the watch to 1967. This model Seamaster was around in the 1990’s not 60’s. Yours will be the quartz model (possibly CAL 1438) as it does not say Chronometer on the dial.
    Here’s one I sold recently which dates to 1998.
     
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  4. efauser

    efauser I ♥ karma!!! Oct 28, 2017

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    Would a 25,XXX,XXX serial have a wave back?
     
  5. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Oct 28, 2017

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    That's not the serial number - that's the model reference. It's a quartz watch in a 38 mm case...
     
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  6. efauser

    efauser I ♥ karma!!! Oct 28, 2017

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    That makes a hell of a lot more sense.
     
  7. ayersbh80

    ayersbh80 Oct 28, 2017

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    All, thanks for the responses! So i guess the real question is any ideas what it might be worth?
     
  8. efauser

    efauser I ♥ karma!!! Oct 28, 2017

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    Do a sold listing search on eBay.
     
  9. ahsposo

    ahsposo Most fun screen name at ΩF Oct 28, 2017

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    Probably what you paid for it at the sale.
     
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  10. ayersbh80

    ayersbh80 Oct 28, 2017

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    Yeah i paid about $550 for it, probably too much but I really liked it. Could not find anything similar on ebay so reason I asked. Although need to reach back to the estate company. They seemed to imply it was a 1960s - 1970s model. Guess they were wrong! Think this site will be a great resource in the future!
     
  11. Noddyman

    Noddyman Oct 28, 2017

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    If a new battery is all it needs then price is ok. A gentle polish with Cape Cod also works wonders on these.