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Omega CK14755 1960 Seamaster 300m - Advice needed please

  1. Mroots

    Mroots Sep 13, 2019

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    Hi All,

    Im new to the forum, as Vintage watches are frankly new to me (although starting to see the appeal) and after a little advice. I have inherited what i believe is a very rare CK14755 - based on this, estimate it being the 1960-1962. Watch works great, although if i were to keep it i feel i would want it restoring to bring back the black around the bezel. Being so rare, its been hard to value, and thus difficult to know if i should look at keeping and restoring, or selling to help with buying a watch i really want but could never afford, or to help pay for the kids excessing running costs! It has never been polished (from looking at it, as well as knowing my grandad), crystal is good but lots of light scratches, movement seems strong and reliable and holding good time, great dial and hands, bezel is as pictured although does not turn (is it meant to?) - negative for me is the strap - its aftermarket and horrible.

    If i get it restored - i would want it perfect (within reason) - any recommendations, or just send to Omega? Omega UK are sending me a box to post it in for a refurb estimate. Avoid or any tips when dealing with Omega UK - i feel like demanding they send to Switzerland may be wiser?
    If i sell it - is there anywhere people can recommend which don't get too greedy and are fair?

    thanks if you can help...
     
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  2. new_heuer

    new_heuer Sep 13, 2019

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    Don’t send it anywhere until you decide what you are going to do with it. Also don’t send it to omega under any circumstances. More photos are needed as it could easily be a later 2913. Very nice watch
     
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  3. Mroots

    Mroots Sep 13, 2019

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    thanks, what photos would help to identify it further. i thought the hands were unique to the 14755? What i do with it will depend on what its worth now, how much to get it to a condition i would like to keep it in etc. Out of interest, why dont send it to Omega?
     
  4. KingCrouchy

    KingCrouchy Sep 13, 2019

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    Omega changes the Parts that have a huge impact on the value of this watch.
     
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  5. Mroots

    Mroots Sep 13, 2019

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    more photos added... OK, will stay away from Omega. Anywhere that is respected, perhaps talented at restoring? For me, it just needs the bezel sorting back to black as i prefer the look of it with that, but others may prefer it untouched?

    Any idea on value, it seems much harder to value these, but it seems looking at historic sale records somewhere between £20-30k (retail) if it had original strap, so unsure what is achievable without the strap and its current condition.
     
  6. ConElPueblo

    ConElPueblo Sep 13, 2019

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    I can tell you that if that figure is what you have in mind you will likely be disappointed by what members here will value it at.
     
  7. Cuttysark

    Cuttysark Sep 13, 2019

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    It's a 14755. You can notice it from the caseback. It is more flat than the 2913.. This is due to the slimmer movement 552. The 2913s have the 501.
     
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  8. Cuttysark

    Cuttysark Sep 13, 2019

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    20/30k is too much.
    We have here on the forum a 2913 with the original bezel (and the bezel is very rare and expensive) for sale at 11000$.
    You can send the bezel to Aldo in Italy for a new insert, or to the German restorer Renè. It's a long work ( Aldo more than a year). But the result is excellent with both the restorers!
     
  9. jumpingsecond

    jumpingsecond Sep 13, 2019

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    Agree and not just members here unfortunately. OP check current and recent sales here and on ebay you'll get a sense of what value is right now for this reference. It's closer to a half -a third of the lower side of your original valuation.
     
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  10. gemini4

    gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed Sep 13, 2019

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    Possibly an early 165014 as well
     
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  11. Cuttysark

    Cuttysark Sep 13, 2019

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    Does the second hand change in the 165.014?
     
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  12. cristos71

    cristos71 Sep 13, 2019

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    There's a reason that hasn't sold yet and it isn't the price..
     
  13. gemini4

    gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed Sep 13, 2019

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    I had to check and you are correct.:)

    14755-61
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    165014-62
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  14. Cuttysark

    Cuttysark Sep 13, 2019

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    Thank you :)
    I practise every day with my memory::bleh::
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    It's always a pleasure to see your incredible Seamasters 300 ::love::::love::::love::::love::
     
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  15. ConElPueblo

    ConElPueblo Sep 13, 2019

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    @Mroots, If I were to say anything meaningful about value, it would be that there is one of these available locally with worse dial condition that cannot sell at €7K. I would think that this one would probably hover around the 10k mark. The dial is reasonably nice, the uneven aging doesn't detract a whole lot. The major issue is the bezel inlay which cannot be restored without giving the game away; it won't be an issue to the casual observer, but those aren't the ones looking for one of these...

    If you are planning on selling it, take better photos than those you show here including movement shots and post it for sale as it is. Any money you pour into this will at best only return in a 1:1 ratio when moving it on and it is most likely to cost you more in the end. A collector with connections will probably have a source for the bezel inlay and a watchmaker he prefers to the places you've gone to make the watch more attractive.

    The "sales blurb" you've posted in your original post about it being unpolished, running good etc. really means nothing when selling it on for any sort of meaningful amount of money; collectors buy by looking at pictures ;)
     
  16. Mroots

    Mroots Sep 16, 2019

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    thanks all, perfect information for me to work from. Really appreciate it. Looks like keep it as it is and sell it and forget the refurb.... :)