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Please,please,please tell me this is genuine!

  1. imt58

    imt58 Aug 25, 2012

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  2. alam

    alam Aug 25, 2012

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    the Swiss Made lettering looks funny - this could be due to the reflection from the crystal. I'm sure the expert gang around here will chime in soon... I do like this one...
     
  3. imt58

    imt58 Aug 25, 2012

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    Thanks for that, I was beginning to think I'd been sent to Coventry after yesterday. I forget to allow for the time differences.!
    And to be honest I'm so bloody impatient!
     
  4. bob martian

    bob martian Aug 25, 2012

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    I think the case should be gold capped, not steel.

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  5. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Aug 25, 2012

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    The dial looks nice and original IMO. The hands are either replacements or relumed. Crystal doesn't have the Omega symbol in the middle. Case has been heavily polished. Not sure about the crown. I think it is genuine Omega, just not correct for this watch.

    I know that items in general bring higher prices in the UK, but I think the current price of about $300 is about as high as it should be valued in the USA.

    It's very hard to find nice, original specimens coming from the UK in recent years. My guess is that most British dealers feel that their customers will pay more for clean, but incorrectly restored watches.

    Sadly, they're probably right,
    gatorcpa

    Edit - to Bob - The movement is a cal. 503. Omega used a flat top "3":

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    The Omega Vintage Database for the steel version (CK 2849) shows production dates from 1956-62. That one could have been made in 1958. The serial number tables can be off two years or more, as movements sometimes sat in inventory for a time before actually being cased and sold.

    The only way to know is to pay for an archive extract from Omega, and even they get it wrong on occasion.
     
  6. imt58

    imt58 Aug 25, 2012

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    So is it 1956 or 58?
     
  7. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Aug 25, 2012

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    Unfortunately the Omega database if FAR from complete and actually filled with inconsistencies, incorrect information and hundreds of case references missing. Its best used as a guide and research tool but certainly NOT as a bible.
     
  8. bob martian

    bob martian Aug 25, 2012

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    The watch could be from 1956- through 1962.
     
  9. imt58

    imt58 Aug 25, 2012

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  10. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Aug 25, 2012

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    That's not surprising. :D

    Of the three, I think I like the cal. 503 the best cosmetically. The ultimate price is a big deal to me, because even a bad restoration might be able to be reversed or mitigated if it can be obtained at less than market value.

    So I would stay away from that £460 BIN one.

    Patience is a virtue when shopping on eBay,
    gatorcpa
     
  11. bob martian

    bob martian Aug 25, 2012

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    I removed all the bad information from my early reply. gatorcpa is right, a lot of patients is needed when shopping for a specific vintage watch. Make sure you get the exact watch you want, don't compromise.
     
  12. imt58

    imt58 Aug 25, 2012

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    I've bid on the 503 that I started this thread with.
     
  13. imt58

    imt58 Aug 25, 2012

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    It would appear there is a greater supply per head of population in the USA of vintage watches thus keeping prices lower than the UK. Also new prices are cheaper in the US on lots of goods, several years ago I bought a new Digital SLR with 2 lenses for less than the price of the camera body in the UK.
     
  14. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Aug 25, 2012

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    Remember that we have no VAT here. State sales taxes are generally not charged on items purchased for export.

    You're 25% ahead of the game before you even start to play!
    gatorcpa
     
  15. imt58

    imt58 Aug 25, 2012

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  16. imt58

    imt58 Aug 26, 2012

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    It's now up to £395! I'm not sure how much further I'm prepared to go even the DeVille went for over £300