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  1. shinnolo

    shinnolo Jun 30, 2020 1:08am

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    Hello everybody,
    I’m happy and excited to be first time poster here.
    As watch enthusiast, I am extremely happy to have found in the corner of an old piece of furniture what I believe is the first communion gift of my late father.

    I have no reason to assume its not original given the source but I think the crown isn’t the original one anymore. On top of that, I browsed into pictures of Seamasters for a couple of days and did not find anyone which is exactly the same, so am wondering whether perhaps the hands have been replaced too.

    The watch is not working currently, but from reading into other posts it looks like this kind of watch might get stuck just because the oil got dry. Therefore, I would love to have its strap changed, a little cleaned and the movement oiled.

    I can’t wait to have your expert eyes on the pics I took (hope they are good enough) and read your feedbacks!
     
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  2. padders

    padders Jun 30, 2020 1:50am

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    It looks genuine but in addition to the changed crown the dial has been repainted. It’s likely from the early 1960s. It won’t be cheap to get it running unfortunately, it’ll cost nearly as much as it’s worth, possibly more even. It might be something like a 125.0007
     
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  3. shinnolo

    shinnolo Jun 30, 2020 2:43am

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    Many thanks, padders!

    Assuming isn’t worth thousand of [add here the currency you like, I’d just say Swiss Francs as it’s my country’s currency], as I said it’s from my late father so I would be happy to having it running and wearing it even if it’d cost a few hundreds Swiss Francs.

    You imply it’s a Seamaster 30, then? The hands really look like the 30, but the missing of the number 30 drove me away from considering it so.
    Why would you think the dial was repainted?

    I believe I’d look into bringing back at the original condition, so what actions would you suggest?
    I would ask for:
    - replacing the crown with an original Omega
    - fixing the movement
    - from a few pictures I saw of other Seamaster 30, the buckle of the leather strap has the Omega logo as well. Would you recommend to get one?
     
  4. Mark020

    Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer Jun 30, 2020 2:55am

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    Because the font used is wrong
     
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  5. padders

    padders Jun 30, 2020 3:35am

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    It looks to be an early 1960s SM using the one of the 30mm movement variants (eg 269) but whether it originally had the 30 on the dial, who can tell, maybe it was changed when it was repainted, or maybe it was never there. There are other models using similar cases so it might not be a SM30. If you get the back taken off you will be able to check the actual case number. It may be 125.XXX if it is post 1962, but it may be a 5 digit code if it is 1960-62. If you want to put it back to near original yes you can change the crown, but finding a dial will be harder. Though the redial kills collector appeal, you could just treat it as part of the piece's history. Yes you can find original buckles and plenty of fakes on ebay that look pretty much the same but it wouldn't bother me personally.

    Yes I would think you could get it running and looking good for a few hundred CHFs or Euros.
     
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  6. Davidt

    Davidt Jun 30, 2020 3:40am

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    If it was mine, first action would be to get it opened by a watchmaker to see what the reference no and calibre are and go from there...
     
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  7. shinnolo

    shinnolo Jun 30, 2020 3:57am

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    I will definitely do it and come to this page to update all of you.

    Many thanks for now!
     
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  8. Socks

    Socks Jun 30, 2020 5:02am

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    Font, alignment, text spacing... Also the minute indices. Started off alright, going well to 30, then it all goes a bit wrong in the home straight. A bit like a 400m hurdler (we can't all be Edwin Moses!)

    But if the watch is important to you, don't let it stop you getting it up & running, and leave it looking as you found it. Why change it again!
     
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  9. shinnolo

    shinnolo Jun 30, 2020 5:11am

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    Yes, I see where you’re coming from... however looking at it I was a bit disturbed by seeing all these misalignments, but I thought it was because of “lower quality” of old times.
    I will try and see what a local watchmaker suggests. At the end of the day I happen to live in the homeland of watches...
     
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  10. shinnolo

    shinnolo Jul 1, 2020 8:09am

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    Hi,

    Here I am again.
    Taken to an Omega reseller today, who opened it and let me take this picture.
    The watch is now being shipped to Bienne for assessing what is needed to be done and proposed further actions.

    I will have a feedback in 2-4 weeks.
     
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  11. padders

    padders Jul 1, 2020 8:51am

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    As I thought, 30mm movement, in this case the 268. The serial looks to be 1961-2. Did you get a picture of the inside of the caseback? That’s where the case number is.
     
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  12. shinnolo

    shinnolo Jul 1, 2020 9:01am

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    I did not take any pictures of the case back as I didn’t spot any number on it. But it was a couple of meters far from me and I might have missed something...

    I assume the proposal from Omega will include all the details, so we will have a clearer picture then.

    I also mentioned I wanted a leather strap with the “vintage” buckle, which looks to be available.

    Keep you posted,
     
  13. SkunkPrince

    SkunkPrince Jul 1, 2020 10:20am

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    Since you are in Switzerland, you are in the right place to get it restored.

    Since so much on it is bad, and it was your fathers, they can restore it best they can to as-new. It won't be inexpensive but it will be a factory restoration, so it will be closer than most others can get it to as-new appearance. Be prepared to be told the cost is more than the watch is "worth", but don't let that interfere with your decision, sentimental value means a lot and many of us appreciate that. For example, I restored some trumpets for three to four times as much as they were worth. One was my grandfather's, and others I played often.
     
  14. wilderbeast

    wilderbeast Jul 1, 2020 12:14pm

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    Redialling was far more common (and an accepted way of handling an otherwise working watch when the dial lost its looks) in previous generations than it is seen now. The redial is part of the watch's history - it’s just a shame that it’s not one of the better ones. There are lots of options for going forward and only you can make that decision. But it’s likely that a couple of hundred spent servicing it will mean you can wear it without worry.
     
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  15. shinnolo

    shinnolo Jul 1, 2020 12:33pm

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    Would you stick to the idea of keeping that dial even if it’s quite disturbing in the way it’s been repainted?
     
  16. shinnolo

    shinnolo Jul 1, 2020 12:34pm

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    I agree, I would not take any decision on the cost-value rationale. Of course I wouldn’t spend an insane amount of money but luckily I can set the ‘insane’ level rather high...
     
  17. SkunkPrince

    SkunkPrince Jul 1, 2020 12:40pm

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    I've replaced a bad redial with a better redial and I do not regret it. "It's only original once" is the common saying here, and that's true. Redialing is usually not the most expensive part of servicing.