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Omega Stories: The Strange Seamaster Born Without a Bezel

  1. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Nov 8, 2022

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    It's hard to really classify this case design, but I always imagine that the 166.067 is the result of taking a Seamaster "Sparkle" 168.022 case and melting it in a furnace until surface tension in the metal makes it look like a rounded blob of a watch.

    There certainly are some other Omega references that can end up looking disturbingly similar to the 166.067 after an extreme amount of ham-fisted polishing on a grinding wheel, but this definitely is the natural state of this monkfish-like Seamaster. [..]

    Visit The Strange Seamaster Born Without a Bezel to read the full article.
     
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  2. X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Nov 8, 2022

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    Thanks for another great article Ash. :thumbsup:
     
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  3. rendo Nov 8, 2022

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    Nice to see that a vintage Omega I bought on my own (not through Ash's recommendations) as a newbie collector has its own article now. The style never looked strange to me but after spending some time on the forums, I understand why people might think so.

    Thanks for another article.
     
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  4. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Nov 8, 2022

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    Thanks guys, by the way if you haven’t given it a go try the search function on the stories site, unlike the main forum we’re using a much better system for search on stories and its very useful.

    We’re also fleshing out the tags to make finding things easier over time, which can be found at the bottom of articles.

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  5. TimeODanaos Nov 10, 2022

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    Thanks for yet another great article. How do you get the time?! It was really nice to see the humble 166.067 given the treatment - you're right it divides opinion sharply (do you say it's like Vegemite/Marmite?). I know I love mine. Just a footnote here: mine has cal 564 chronometer movement, and I've no reason to suppose it didn't leave the factory like that - but maybe I'm self-deluded?
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  6. RevZMan123 Nov 22, 2022

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    I believe you used the 165.067 / 552 from Closer's auction for the story, if I'm not mistaken (https://www.ebay.com/itm/284882829285) ... do you believe it's a good example at a fair price? I'm keen on grabbing it if so.

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  7. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Nov 22, 2022

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    It’s not perfect but not bad either, clearly it has been serviced and had a replaced rotor which costs a bit of money and is often required. Including bracelet for that price I think is decent, not a steal but about fair market value for condition.
     
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  8. RevZMan123 Nov 22, 2022

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    I was wondering about the color difference, so thanks for spotting that. The dial looked honest enough of a clean example with sharp text. With so many watches, keeping them dateless has been more advantageous for me when I just want to throw one on. :) Nothing worse than a watch 12 days off the date and no quickset feature.
     
  9. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Nov 22, 2022

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    Amen brother, it’s the reason why I don’t own any more complicated pieces like a moonphase or tri-compax type watch. I even sold my Batman GMT because that watch annoyed the hell out of me with how long it took to set.
     
  10. RevZMan123 Nov 23, 2022

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    You're killing my wallet lol or enabling its early demise anyway. After their 10% sale, $30 in ebay rewards, and adding tax, I ended up at $703 out the door. Not bad. And since it's under the $800 import threshold, I shouldn't have to pay any additional fees.