As I've finally opted to stop lurking and register on the forums I might as well share a story that will unfold in the coming months - the story of bringing my Flightmaster back to life. I've been an Omega fan since the before mentioned Geneve I have inherited and passed through several phases of "collecting" starting with buying anything I could afford, then culling, then buying again and so on until I stopped and readjusted my goals - one word Vintage ( hopefully no garbage bin vintage this time round). Skip the back and forth for a couple of years and I get wind of a "possibly fake old omega you should look at" and this photograph via WhatsApp : The watch coming from a pilot of the Yugoslavian "JAT Airways" and their Airforce. It was being sold for 300€ at the time and I've bought it sight unseen with a cal. 601 Geneve... I wait for almost two months for it to be delivered and when i get the watches I am instantly disappointed the Geneve being washed thoroughly with WD-40 and this watch being so dirty and sticky my girlfriend has a fit. I examine the "fake chrono omega" and finally get to read the name on the dial - Flightmaster - I've only seen one in an old Omega advertisement at the local watchmaker. I'm ecstatic and at the same time worried... The glass is held in by hot glue, the crown for the inner bezel also and the best is yet to come - I phone the seller to confirm receipt and he tells me since he bought the watch in Canada he never stopped wearing it throughout his career and never serviced it "just cleaned off the grime and stuff with alcohol and some bike oil"... So lets see what I have received from the guy: This is the third ultrasonic bath of the caseback and the bracelet ( prior water changes were not photographed as I was being yelled at for using my GFs jewelry cleaner for this): This is the fifth take on the caseback: Now the bracelet before going for a swim for the 5th time: And now for you with a weak stomach it would be time to stop browsing or a parental guidance moment, I've never seen 30-40 years of crud, skin, sweat, clothes and other kind of DNA nowhere and was hitting my icky skin crawling scale right around 9 out of 10... The gasket has melted in place, a slight aroma of something akin to petroleum permeates the watch and the air around it, worrying - yes - stopping me from winding it - no... IT WORKS! The watch ticks, the seconds move, the gmt hand moves and the chrono resets as intended. I photograph the rest and close it all up... It's been sitting like this in my drawer for the last two years - waiting on me to bring it back to life. I think its time... Will follow through but will appreciate all the help i can get, part numbers - part leads all would be appreciated and the final product will stay in my "keep forever" collection, right besides my grandpas Geneve and my fathers Roamer Searock. Thanks for reading!