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Trying to date my grandad's Omega - 1950's??

  1. JSP

    JSP Jun 30, 2020 1:52am

    Hi all,

    I recently started to get interested in watches, and the last time I was home my mother gave me my grandfather's OMEGA. I have not serviced it yet, but before doing so I wanted to ask for a bit of help trying to identify the model, confirm it's original and assuming so have a sense of how scarce/valuable it might be (for my knowledge, no intention of selling it as it has a lot of sentimental value to me).

    Based on a bit of desktop research, it seems it could be from 1949-1950 (OT 2617), but chain looks different, etc.

    A note on the authenticity question - my grandfather lived sometime in Canary Islands in Spain, which at the time was famous a famous hub for imports but want to make sure it was not also from counterfeit and something got lost in translation there...

    Thank you for your help!
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  2. tdn-dk

    tdn-dk Jun 30, 2020 2:08am

    Omega did not used crome cases at that time, so the case is properly not from Omega.
    If it is an Omega dial it has been redone.
    I think you have get it opened to se if there is an Omega movement i it.
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  3. ConElPueblo

    ConElPueblo Jun 30, 2020 2:09am

    Hi JSP, welcome on board :)

    Your grandfather's watch is not an original Omega as you may have sensed yourself. The dial looks as if it comes from a correct reference, but has been redialed, meaning that it at some point was restored due to being damaged or similar. The case is not an Omega produced variant and has probably come from a different watch to begin with.
    Is it a counterfeit? I would suspect that it wasn't made like this to deceive, more likely to give a damaged watch a second life, but who knows?
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  4. JSP

    JSP Jun 30, 2020 4:36am

    Hi both! Thanks a lot for the welcome and the fast and super clear answers! In that case, I think I will just keep it for the value it has to me, but probably not worth starting a trip of fixing, servicing, etc.
  5. Canuck

    Canuck Jun 30, 2020 6:55am

    I suspect that crystal is of a plastic that has yellowed over decades. It might be enlightening to see what the dial looks like if the mechanism was removed from the case. Too bad about the deterioration of the chrome plated base metal case.
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