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SOLD Omega SM300 New build, Lewis Watch Co.

  1. photo500

    photo500 Mar 19, 2017

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    Mods please let me know if I should be approaching you about putting my future listings in the normal "For Sale" section...

    Hi All,
    Some of you that follow me on Instagram @lewiswatchco will be aware that I've been building some SM300's over the last couple of months.

    Well some are ready now. There will only be 6 in total. 2 date and 4 non date. Two of the non dates are spoken for already.

    What I've done with these is a fair bit more thorough than what Watchco did with theirs a few years back.

    The movements are still from donor watches (565 for date and 552 without date) however they have had no expense spared servicing performed which included as a minimum new centre wheels, cannon pinions, mainsprings of course, some have had new barrels, barrel bridges, balances. Essentially whatever they needed in terms of new parts as well as traditional techniques to reduce or eliminate the effects of 50 odd years of wear on someone's wrist.

    Add to that entirely synthetic lubrication and at least a month of testing and fine tuning. Each case back has been professionally engraved on the inside with the serial of the movement, the build date, my company initials and the sequence number (1 of 6)

    They have all been tested waterproof to 100meters which is all the Witschi Proofmaster S will go to. - This is a professional grade machine and is extremely sensitive to case deformation under vacuum and pressure. They have also been wet tested.

    I then produced a certificate for each watch giving its particulars. It's timing and waterproof test performance numbers are listed.

    ALL parts are new stock except of course the movement. ALL parts used are Omega and the correct ones for this reference, right down to the case clamps and screws. ALL bezels align properly at 12, no dodgy factory seconds here ;)

    I have added the latest deployant clasp and leather or rubber strap which are also Omega items. Perhaps controversially I don't like the mesh bracelet ( apart from to look at ) as it's hard to get a proper fit and is uncomfortable to wear. Likewise the 1171 / 633 is a $25 bracelet with a $400 price tag.

    Wrapping it all up is a brand new wooden Omega box of the Planet Ocean / modern SM300 variety. Plus a 12 month warranty on my workmanship.

    If you're looking for a SM300 please consider one of mine :)

    First up is build number 1, a date version with the 565 and fully functioning quickset, it has a black rubber strap from a Planet Ocean plus the new deployant clasp.

    The price for all this loveliness? $5250 Australian dollars.


    Pics!

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    A sample pic of the same deployant buckle (from build number 2)
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    The engraving inside the case backs
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    Various new parts including a fresh balance
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    New barrel complete and mainspring
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    Adjusting endshake in the train wheel bridge
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    Servicing the reversers properly
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  2. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Mar 19, 2017

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    So what have we got here :confused:.

    Another Watchco?

    I don't think so.

    Unlike a lot of Watchcos (my use of a now generic term), this is a great example of one of the most iconic Omega diver watches ever made.

    Sure, it's got service parts and an old donor movement. But the service parts are exactly what Omega Switzerland would replace if you sent your 300 to Bienne.

    And while the movement is a "donor", the refurbishment, adjusting and testing that's been done would probably make it better than any original floating around.

    Another thing I like is the LWC branding, this isn't going to be passed of as "my Uncle left me this Omega". It has a history from the 1960s, and now it's history begins again.

    Is the price too high?

    I don't think so.

    Consider the cost of:

    the actual 300 parts (case, crystal, dial (date wheels), crown, stem, seals.),
    the donor movements,
    the OEM refurbishment parts,
    the labour time for all of the cleaning, inspecting, assembling, testing,
    the documentation and
    original Omega boxing/packaging.

    I'm in no way affiliated with the seller but I do like to see a good honest product, this is one of them.
     
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  3. photo500

    photo500 Mar 19, 2017

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    Thank you very much Jim, I'm glad the efforts I've made with this are appreciated [emoji16].
     
  4. alfanator

    alfanator Mar 19, 2017

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    Kudos Adam!

    Hot Rodding Omegas. You are the Singer (vintage Porsche) of the Omega world. Reviving the character of vintage pieces with modern conveniences. Looking forward to some great stuff coming off your bench.
     
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  5. Spacefruit

    Spacefruit Prolific Speedmaster Hoarder Mar 19, 2017

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    What a fantastic job.

    Love the engraving in the back.
     
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  6. photo500

    photo500 Mar 19, 2017

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    OHPF, thank you everyone for your support :)
     
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  7. photo500

    photo500 Mar 19, 2017

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    Thankyou Alf for the very kind words !
     
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  8. photo500

    photo500 Mar 19, 2017

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    Thankyou Space, the engraving actually looks cleaner than the Omega one which is a surprise! I was a bit nervous when I handed them over to get done.
     
  9. JohnSteed

    JohnSteed Mar 20, 2017

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    Nice! Congrats all round then :thumbsup:
     
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  10. photo500

    photo500 Mar 20, 2017

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    No funds were forthcoming so this is available again [emoji6][emoji106]
     
  11. blubarb

    blubarb Mar 21, 2017

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    I have had the opportunity to view and handle a number of these SM300s from LWC and they are simply the superb. The workmanship and care taken to source the correct parts, service and compile these SM300s is a credit to Adam - a great blend of new and vintage. You can't go wrong dealing with LWC.

    :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  12. photo500

    photo500 Mar 21, 2017

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    Thank you very much Blubarb :)
     
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  13. photo500

    photo500 Mar 21, 2017

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    FS again, third time lucky? [emoji16] This is the last one left now, all the others have sold.
     
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  14. photo500

    photo500 Mar 27, 2017

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    Bump, no love for the 565?
     
  15. Paedipod

    Paedipod Apr 1, 2017

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    This is a great opportunity for somebody....wish I didn't just blow my budget on wheels for the car:(
     
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  16. photo500

    photo500 Apr 1, 2017

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    Weekend bump - btw I have other genuine Omega strap options if the black rubber PO type doesn't float your boat.
     
  17. photo500

    photo500 Apr 5, 2017

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    Bump [emoji16]
     
  18. KstateSkier

    KstateSkier Apr 5, 2017

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    Did both no dates already get sold?
     
  19. photo500

    photo500 Apr 6, 2017

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    Yes as I posted on the 22/3, all the others are sold now
     
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  20. photo500

    photo500 Apr 16, 2017

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    Now sold, thank you OF and buyer [emoji2]
     
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