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  1. dondid

    dondid Aug 14, 2019 9:39am

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    Hello Omega community,
    I'm a new member from Vancouver. I have always found information on this website very useful and hoping to learn more and contribute.
    Here is a Seamaster 300, 165.024. It is a CB Case, baton hands, Movement Cal 550, Serial Number 25XXX which dates this to 1967, Lug to Lug 48mm. I have a feeling the case has been polished in the past, and hands "maybe relumed" because of slight color difference from the dial.
    Please let me know what you think.
    Cheers
     
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  2. ndgal

    ndgal Aug 14, 2019 10:31am

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    Nice watch.
    Has been polished. Different color hands doesn’t necessarily mean relume. Not all dials & hands age exactly the same.

    You should check them with UV light.
     
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  3. td69

    td69 Aug 14, 2019 11:31am

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    Welcome to the forum.

    +1 to the above comment. My opinion: for this D type bezel with the 25MM serial range and the CB case, I tend to observe more of the sword hour hand and the short seconds hand combination. Overall, this is a nice and honest SM300 with bezel in decent condition and correct vintage flat-foot crown.
     
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  4. dondid

    dondid Aug 14, 2019 3:27pm

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    Thank you for your reply. I have checked with UV light and lume on the bezel is weaker than the hands.
     
  5. dondid

    dondid Aug 14, 2019 3:28pm

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    Thank you. As per the previous owner the hands are original. Is there any source that I can look into to confirm that hands match the serial number and production date?
     
  6. TexOmega

    TexOmega Aug 14, 2019 5:41pm

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    There was always overlap as old gave way to new stock with Omega, so no definite cut off date for parts such as hands.

    What to look for are hands dating to "early" found on a "late" production watch. and vice-versa.

    mine dates to Jan 1967 per Extract
    and a 24,7xx,xxx serial


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  7. dondid

    dondid Aug 15, 2019 10:09am

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    Thank you for your input. That bracelet look amazing!! If the lume on hands is stornger than the bezel, does it mean that the hands have been relumed?
     
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  8. Tristanp

    Tristanp Aug 15, 2019 10:24am

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  9. TexOmega

    TexOmega Aug 15, 2019 10:50am

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    Thank you, the personalized Olongopo bracelet came with it, there's pix of it here on the Forum if you search. The symbol there is for US Navy/Marine Diver 1st Class.


    On the lume, I'd go by UV light uniformity if it bothers you one way or the other.
     
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  10. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Aug 15, 2019 11:46am

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    not an expert on these, but even if they are replacement hands, they look factory correct and would be a common service replacement if it went to Omega during it's life, As would a polish on the case. If the price is right, neither would bother me, this is a good looking watch. I am normally not a fan of dial patina, but this watch looks great.
     
  11. dondid

    dondid Aug 15, 2019 4:31pm

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    Thank you for the info, I’m going to be looking into that bracelet.
     
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  12. dondid

    dondid Aug 15, 2019 4:34pm

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    Thank you for your input, I agree with what you said. I’m not an expect when it comes to vintage pieces, but I think it is in a good condition, considering how old this watch is.
     
  13. dondid

    dondid Aug 15, 2019 4:35pm

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    Thanks for sharing this site! It’s a great source of info.
     
  14. TexOmega

    TexOmega Aug 15, 2019 5:33pm

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    I think one can still get an Olongopo bracelet made, but from what I see and read, just not one made as well as the originals back in 1960’s in Olongopo itself.
     
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  15. DaveK

    DaveK Aug 15, 2019 7:15pm

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    Vancouver may now have enough OF members to warrant an annual swap meet
     
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  16. Etp095

    Etp095 Aug 15, 2019 7:20pm

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    I think it would turn out to be a group outing, instead of a swap meet. I think most of us here, don’t part with our watches or parts.
     
  17. DaveK

    DaveK Aug 15, 2019 7:22pm

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    Good point. I’d just make poor decisions at a swap meet anyway :oops:
     
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  18. mmrols

    mmrols Aug 15, 2019 8:15pm

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    Wow. Looks clean!
     
  19. dondid

    dondid Aug 15, 2019 9:22pm

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    Thanks everyone for you valuable input and all your positive feedbacks.