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New to me 145.012 - Enigmatic Engraving.

  1. Clibka

    Clibka May 3, 2017

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    Hello All!

    Just acquired this superb 145.012-67 ... dial, bezel, case, and hands are all in what appears to be amazing shape. I have a question though, on the back of the 11 o'clock lug is an engraving: "1373m" (seen in the second picture)

    Anyone have an idea of why that would be there? Or what it's significance might be? My assumption is there is no importance, but who am I to deprive our imaginations of a treasure hunt? IMG_9649 2.JPG IMG_9650.JPG
    Cheers!
     
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  2. R3D9

    R3D9 May 3, 2017

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    No idea as the the marking on the lug, but I just wanted to chime in and say that the lume on this one is absolutely stunning! Congrats.
     
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  3. wsfarrell

    wsfarrell May 3, 2017

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    It's probably someone's driver's license/ID number, in case of theft.
     
  4. ahsposo

    ahsposo Most fun screen name at ΩF May 3, 2017

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    Beautiful watch. Lovely lume and I agree with @wsfarrell . Almost a shame that it's there because the condition otherwise is really fine.
     
  5. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. May 3, 2017

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    Somebody doing a LEET scratching and just got it wrong.
     
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  6. R3D9

    R3D9 May 3, 2017

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    I'll never understand the concern about the condition of the underside of lugs. What are you people doing... wearing your watch upside down? I could care less if someone scraped a lifelike version of the Omega dick on mine :p
     
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  7. alam

    alam May 3, 2017

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    @Clibka "..amazing shape.." is an understatement! you got yourself a beautiful specimen! ::love:: enjoy!
     
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  8. Sherbie

    Sherbie May 3, 2017

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    Could it also be a dealer stock number, or a service mark?
     
  9. Slo084

    Slo084 May 3, 2017

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    Well...If you look at it upside down it reads "WELEI". [emoji851]
     
  10. Overgrower

    Overgrower May 4, 2017

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    Superb
     
  11. brunik

    brunik May 4, 2017

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    Outstanding condition watch! Congrats.

    The engraving if the person that sell to you do not know... will be difficult to know by guessing.

    Cheers
     
  12. Fost

    Fost May 4, 2017

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    My two copper but I already seen this very similar Engraving on another 145012...
    IMG_3738.JPG
     
  13. SeanO

    SeanO May 4, 2017

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    Anybody with a service history would have seen the unit QMS electro' serial numbers onto stuff that didn't normally have proper numbering so they could issue and account for small scale stuff.

    Not saying this is an issue watch tho'.
     
  14. Pahawi

    Pahawi May 4, 2017

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    This 145.012 have it too. One owner watch and he had no idea how it got there... He bought it at a US military shop in Greenland - can it be a military thingy?

    IMG_2226 - Kopi.JPG
     
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  15. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker May 4, 2017

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    My 145022-71 has some stuff scratched on the underside of one lug as well. Doesn't bother me a bit and IMO doesn't really affect the value - vintage watches have a history after all.
     
  16. Clibka

    Clibka May 4, 2017

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    My favorite part about this pursuit!

    Thanks for all the well wishes everyone. I'll send a few more pictures when I get back to it.
     
  17. Clibka

    Clibka May 4, 2017

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    Correlation? Does seem quite similar.
     
  18. JimJupiter

    JimJupiter May 4, 2017

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    Thats a service mark. Back in the day it was also common to write a sign on a lug instead of the inside of the watch.

    Nico
     
  19. Paul Ashman

    Paul Ashman May 4, 2017

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    Stunning! Someday I will have one!
     
  20. Vulffi

    Vulffi May 12, 2017

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    Are you sure it is a service mark ? My Seamaster Chrono 105.001 -62 has an similar engraving. R and underlined numbers. Could it be some kind of import/customs mark like in some countries ?

    Vulffi

    Seamaster Chrono lug inscription.jpg