Forums Latest Auctions Members

When is finding a "franken" part worth it? Omega 200m Pre-Bond Automatic

  1. lucreative

    lucreative Apr 27, 2019

    Posts
    29
    Likes
    6
    Hi OF! So I've been on a quest finding "vintage" Omegas and ran across an Omega Seamaster 200m Diver Pre-Bond in 40mm Full Size and Automatic Cal. 1111. It was listed on an auction site for a great price (normally midsize quartz models) with the original box, manual, and extra links.

    When the package arrived, it came with a lot more items than I expected, outer box, inner box, pillow, original tag, original display card, chronometer certificate with envelope, warranty cards, warranty card envelope, original manual, extra links, and even "spare hands".

    However, the biggest "caveat" to this amazing deal is that it looks like the dial has some issues. It seems like the dial has been repainted or repaired to which the "Swiss Made" has been painted over or scraped off, and the silver paint around the date window is gone.

    With such a great collection of pieces to a truly "Full Set" Omega Seamaster 200m Pre-Bond Automatic, is it worth searching for a replacement dial or even see if Omega has this spare part? This watch is not truly vintage, made in 1992, but supposedly more rare than other Pre-Bond Seamasters quartz models. Thanks OF for any advice for next steps!

    I added some photos of the "original" dial and some supporting photos to see if investing in this set is worth it.

    20190427_132850.jpg

    20190427_132933.jpg

    Omega Seamaster 200 Full Censored.jpg
     
    Edited Apr 27, 2019
  2. David Schonert

    David Schonert Apr 28, 2019

    Posts
    9
    Likes
    7
    Really nice set, good find. I was curious so I did a quick eBay search and found a new dial for a Seamaster 200M for the cal 1109 with gold accents. Not exactly what you are looking for but with some searching you may be able to find a new or good condition dial for your watch and it would be worth the effort. Here is the link to the eBay listing (sorry for the long link):

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Genuin...=1137124295248d827651e9fa478b8cdce9dae44f0eb9
     
    lucreative likes this.
  3. 77deluxe

    77deluxe Apr 28, 2019

    Posts
    2,001
    Likes
    4,117
    Omega may have a service dial available. That set is amazing. If the dial doesn’t bother you, then wear it and enjoy. Great watch. Congrats.
     
    lucreative likes this.
  4. lucreative

    lucreative Apr 28, 2019

    Posts
    29
    Likes
    6
    Hi. I saw that too and almost jumped on it, but size and color was different. I have the 40mm full size version, which the date window is next to the right index marker, instead of replacing the right index marker. Thank you for looking and letting me know it's worth the effort. Hopefully one will pop up!
     
    David Schonert likes this.
  5. lucreative

    lucreative Apr 28, 2019

    Posts
    29
    Likes
    6
    Thanks! I really hoped this watch would develop some amazing patina on the lume dots and hands like I've seen on some other beautiful examples of this watch. However, the lume dots are a cloudy grey and the hands seem to be too clean and haven't aged like the markers. Maybe the hands were replaced as well with the painting/service. This makes me more in favor of replacing the dial. How would one go about ordering a service dial? This watch isn't too old, 1992, so I think service dials may be readily available. Unfortunately, Ofrei isn't allowed/or don't have access to these caliber dials, but they have many quartz versions available..
     
  6. ext1

    ext1 Apr 29, 2019

    Posts
    771
    Likes
    936
    If you put it in for omega service they will replace the dial/hands/etc at service, but they won't develop some nice patina as they are modern. Finding a service dial separately would be more tough.

    If it's not a restricted part (which I doubt) you can get a watchmaker with an omega parts account to order it for you.
     
    lucreative likes this.
  7. Sicario Wombat

    Sicario Wombat Apr 29, 2019

    Posts
    7
    Likes
    3
    My one says hello! The full size automatics come up rarely... so you’ve got a nice one but I can see your point about the dial. The words are not 'justified' under 'Seamaster' too.

    Yes, lots on the market are quartz with silly prices and snagging an automatic at a quartz price is a big thumbs up. I got my one recently at a decent price and really appreciate it. It’s a lovely one to have in the collection.

    How's the time keeping on your one? I'm gaining about 10-12 seconds a day though I try to rest it on its crown to regulate it during the night. It will need a service I think pretty soon!
     
    IMG_0884.jpeg
    Edited Apr 29, 2019
    lucreative likes this.
  8. David Schonert

    David Schonert Apr 29, 2019

    Posts
    9
    Likes
    7
    I have found eBay to be a good source of vintage parts. But sometimes you have to be creative with your searches, I have always enjoyed that part. Good luck.
     
    lucreative likes this.
  9. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Apr 29, 2019

    Posts
    13,991
    Likes
    27,537
    The card says this is a ref. 28005000, which is a 38.5 mm watch. The dial is still available from Omega, but of coruse is not tritium like the original, so would be luminova...parts number is 064PP3000001.

    Cheers, Al
     
    lucreative likes this.
  10. lucreative

    lucreative Apr 29, 2019

    Posts
    29
    Likes
    6
    Hello to another 2800.50! My 200m Full Auto actually runs about 15 secs slow each day. Not too bad considering the age. I actually like wearing this 40mm (in actuality 38mm) size better than my SMP 2500d at 41mm. Doesn't look too bulky on the wrist and feels much more comfortable.
     
  11. lucreative

    lucreative Apr 29, 2019

    Posts
    29
    Likes
    6
    Hi Archer! Awesome, thanks! I know the actual size is 38.5mm, but this is still considered the "40mm" Full Size right? There was an article that showed the difference between the sizes of the 200m Quartz vs Automatics and how to tell the difference from the placement of the date window to the index markers. The lume on the service dial would be something to consider as well since I absolutely love a nice patina. This would be nonexistent with luminova. It's good to know that it's an easy option though.
     
  12. Norfolk

    Norfolk Apr 29, 2019

    Posts
    841
    Likes
    5,978
    Mine says hi! I think the Mercedes hands finished around 1989 from my research. Although yours look correct. 389980BA-7C4A-4D9C-9C03-58C347760EE2.jpeg
     
  13. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Apr 29, 2019

    Posts
    13,991
    Likes
    27,537
    Not by Omega...but collectors often assign nicknames to things that aren't official, so maybe it's the same thing here.

    REF 28005000

    W SE DIV 200M 38.5 ST/ST

    Clearly listed as 38.5, not 40 mm.
     
    lucreative likes this.
  14. lucreative

    lucreative Apr 29, 2019

    Posts
    29
    Likes
    6
    Yeah, it definitely is 38.5ish when I measured the watch myself. The mid size version is supposedly 36mm.
     
  15. lucreative

    lucreative Apr 29, 2019

    Posts
    29
    Likes
    6
    Hi! From what I read there are some conflicting opinions to when Omega stopped using the Mercedes hands on this watch but it was definitely the earlier versions. Mine was tested in 1992 and sold in 1993. It could also be a replacement part since the lume on the hands are still quite bright, but the lume dots are not. If this is the case, then it tips the scale on getting a replacement dial/service dial.
     
  16. Dero13

    Dero13 4 watches. All set to the wrong time. Apr 30, 2019

    Posts
    1,203
    Likes
    5,060
    I just picked this one up. Its 2 tone brother.

    Screenshot_20190428-084201_Samsung Internet.jpg
     
  17. webvan

    webvan May 17, 2019

    Posts
    384
    Likes
    189