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  1. South Boy

    South Boy Jul 12, 2019

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    I'm looking after a nice piece for a long time and I know that vintage watches dials are obviously fading with time but I'm looking for a bright white dial and can't find one, every piece I see has creamy dial because the color has faded, is it realistic to find a watch that hasen't repainted and still has a bright white color? does someone has such a piece and can share photos for example?
    Thanks!
     
  2. BlackTalon

    BlackTalon Jul 12, 2019

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    what age range are you looking for? '50s and '60s? Newer?
     
  3. Edward53

    Edward53 Jul 13, 2019

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    There will be a gold or cream tinge to most dials, however white they started off. It's not the colour fading, it's the lacquer slowly oxidising with age. I find that usually adds to the appeal, but each to his own. This one of mine is about as close to white as you are likely to get.

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  4. South Boy

    South Boy Jul 13, 2019

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    My budget is up to 1K usd so i'm not picky about the age, obviously that newer will be less oxidised which is what I want for my white dial watch.
    Really liked the 14744 dial but couldn't find any piece that kept her white dial color :(
    Edward, that dial has lovely color, what's his age?
     
  5. Noddyman

    Noddyman Jul 13, 2019

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    Edit: deleted, sorry just realised your only asking about Seamaster’s not general white vintage dials.
     
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  6. Edward53

    Edward53 Jul 13, 2019

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    It's case reference 2605 with a 266 movement, serial number in the 14 millions which puts it at 1954-55. I gave £297 for that watch and added the BOR at a cost of £100, plus I had to pay to have it serviced. It is the most accurate of all my watches, usually within a couple of seconds per day.
     
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  7. ahsposo

    ahsposo Most fun screen name at ΩF Jul 13, 2019

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    This 14700 2 is almost white:

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  8. South Boy

    South Boy Jul 13, 2019

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    And the dial hasen't repainted? looks amazing.
    So there is a chance that there is white enough piece, all that left is keep searching.
    Thanks!
     
  9. ahsposo

    ahsposo Most fun screen name at ΩF Jul 13, 2019

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    They're out there. I picked that piece up on eBay for $504 US.

    Not only is the dial nice but the case is sharp, too.
     
  10. AriTheWatchmaker

    AriTheWatchmaker Jul 15, 2019

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    Its usually thought of as either "eggshell white" or "champagne", but its sort of rare to see a bright white vintage watch by omega anyway. Those werent as common in general- i agree the laquer fades and the color was usually not a bright white like any modern watch.
    Remember they were making watches all the time, and if it aged a bit, maybe they could sell you a new one every few years...in the old days before the 90's, the watch oils were poor quality, and 100 years ago watches had to be serviced every year to keep running- also partly from blued steel mainsprings. But think of it as a toy company that makes toys and would want their product to look somewhat dingy compared to the latest model...like cars or other goods.
     
  11. Martin_J_N

    Martin_J_N Jul 15, 2019

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  12. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jul 15, 2019

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  13. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jul 15, 2019

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    ::confused2:: Can you explain

    Watches were thought of as a lasting purchase in the 50s and 60s. Nearly all were marketed as robust time pieces that would last.
    It’s only the last 20-30 years the though of having more than one watch has been included in the marketing strategy
    So your above comment contradicts 95% of watch marketing when vintage Seamasters came out.