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  1. dptoft

    dptoft Aug 27, 2017

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    Hi, new to the forum. My father recently gave me his Omega Seamaster which was given to him by his father when he returned from the Korean War. I think the watch is 1950-1954, but unsure as it was not purchased new then. How can I determine age of the watch? It's in decent shape, but needs a new leather band and maybe glass face. Any recommendations for websites that have quality product for these older watches?
     
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  2. efauser

    efauser I ♥ karma!!! Aug 27, 2017

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    This site is the best place to start. You can start by providing clear, in focus, photos of the dial, movement and inside the caseback.
     
  3. dptoft

    dptoft Aug 27, 2017

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    Here's the photos. Thanks for looking.
     
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  4. efauser

    efauser I ♥ karma!!! Aug 27, 2017

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    You can date the watch by the serial number. Yours is 12XXXXXX which puts it in the timeframe you mentioned. http://chronomaddox.com/omega_serial_numbers.html
    If you're planning to wear it, get it serviced. It's an early 50s cal. 351"bumper automatic" in a ref. 2577 case. You can learn more here https://www.omegawatches.com/planet-omega/heritage/vintage-details/14718/
    Now the bad news: The watch was poorly redialed and relumed, at some point in its life, and also has an incorrect crown. It has sentimental value to you but little collector value.
     
  5. dptoft

    dptoft Aug 27, 2017

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    Thank you for the pointers. Resale isn't an option. I want to restore it to as close to original condition as possible. Thanks again.
     
  6. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Aug 27, 2017

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    If someone serviced that watch in 8-31-16, as indicated on the watch back, they sure did a terrible job!!! The ancient caseback gasket was not even replaced. The movement looks dirty as well.
     
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  7. ahsposo

    ahsposo Most fun screen name at ΩF Aug 27, 2017

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    I would never use that "watchmaker" again.
     
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