Hello Omegoids, Some of you might have recently seen my posting about buying a ref 750 just because I thought the strap was as valuable as the head......this one A few of you you hummed and hawed and sucked through your teeth at my purchase from Oz. After going 7km down to the customs depot and paying the 19% excess I unwrapped and came home with this. It did indeed have a 1170/604 bracelet....(whew) I decided to start off with some industrial vinegar extract on the outside.. the kind they use to remove chalk from kettles . Upon my soul, the black stuff all over the dial was what I suspected...a perished ring gasket....what a mess! The movement pretty much fell out cos the stem was done and I spent a load of time scraping out (with those tiny cotton buds women use for their mascara..first again with vinegar , then with white spirit. The big surprise came with the dial. I started first with just a dry bud and the grime kept coming off , going trough one bud after the next. Then I tried with a little bit of vinegar at the edge to see if it would take off the varnish, and more grime came away. The inside of the crystal..with the lovely cute omega logo was filthy but ok. and the dial and sunken surround inside came up a treat! At this point the watch obligingly starting running and the amateur in me pinged off the top of the rusty second hand. (we're not perfect!). I finished by poly watching the crystal outside a little bit bit will need more.. I'm still very much a newbie, but it's nice to know that a hunch can sometime work out. sometimes you have to take a chance on bad eBay photos. I took a chance that whatever that black stuff was originally on the dial at the start was not a result of the dial finish failing. Gasket gunk gets everywhere. Likewise my guess on the bracelet based only on the end numbers seems to have paid off. The current market value would appear to be about 275-300 dollars minimum. This was my reason for originally buying as it technically would pay for a watch which whilst not mega rare, is a little unusual for Omega. So here we've arrived at the dilemma stage. The watch works, but needs a revision, a new stem, gasket, and an, ahem, replacement second hand (bumbling fool!) What should I do: 1) Sell the bracelet, replace it with a green 22mm Corfam I have kicking about I couldn't bring myself to put on my speedy and use the money to get it working 2) Bite the bullet, put it in for revision and parts making the final price of the watch somewhere around 450 Euros and then just add it to the collection and assume it goes up in value. 3) Sell bracelet and head separately for double what I paid. 4) Put it in the pending someday biscuit tin worry about it another time. I wish I was a bit more heartless in the watch collecting malarky, particularly with Omegas I seem to find something in every one I get my mitts on. Any thoughts appreciated..