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Old 12-08-2012, 09:39 AM   #4221
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No - I'd never suggest a full restore on this other than for his sentimental reasons - they bought this on their honeymoon. It's not functioning at all now, all buttons and crown are gummed up and not turning. It needs a good tear down.

I'm interested to hear what Afgan Scarface has to say about this type of repair.
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:48 PM   #4222
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No - I'd never suggest a full restore on this other than for his sentimental reasons - they bought this on their honeymoon. It's not functioning at all now, all buttons and crown are gummed up and not turning. It needs a good tear down.

I'm interested to hear what Afgan Scarface has to say about this type of repair.
Honestly it depends on the condition of the movement. If it is fubar, then a new movement, a case cleaning, some lube and new crown/chrono pushers and you'll be golden. Kind of like taking a rat rod with a brand new motor. I'd say if you get it done at a trusted place but not a dealer, you should squeak by for under 1k. If the movement is ok but needs service and a cleaning, you might get by for under $500.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:19 AM   #4223
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Ken, that's an amazing historical piece. In working order, that will be a great and unique piece.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:50 AM   #4224
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My father in law dropped off the Omega with me - photos below. It's clearly beat to sh!t. He wore this everyday for close to 40 years. The bezel has been replaced once. The crystal looks pretty scratched up, and it kind of feels like plastic, but I can't tell. I'm wondering if it's original or if it is a replacement.

One of the control buttons is gone. The luminous material in the hands has clearly fallen out. The bracelet is dented up pretty good. This watch definitely did its time.

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Ken you do have something special there. I would just forget about the bracelet and go with a leather strap. Otherwise some people prefer the "vintage" look. I would fix that chrono pusher and service the movement.

Omega can do the service, but I would look around online for a reputable watch smith that can fix the chrono button and rejuvenate the movement etc.

By the way, the hesalite crystal is easily scratched, but can be buffed out unlike sapphire. That tip might save you a few bucks
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Made a purchase and awaiting delivery! Will post up very soon of actual pics but for now enjoy!! Super excited!!!! JLC Navy Seals Alarm!

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Old 12-09-2012, 05:36 PM   #4226
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The Gunny will make strap #4 for me. I have my OEM camel brown pilot currently on the watch, and I'm awaiting an OEM black pilot strap (..same as my camel one, but just black) and the OEM leather/carbon fiber strap found on the X-Mach (..see below).

omg that watch and strap are amazing!
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:04 PM   #4227
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omg that watch and strap are amazing!
You should see it in person. It's really trick! I'm considering this Paneray Grigio strap too:

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It's a gray slightly aged strap. I reckon that it would look sweet with darker denim jeans.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:18 PM   #4228
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You should see it in person. It's really trick! I'm considering this Paneray Grigio strap too:


It's a gray slightly aged strap. I reckon that it would look sweet with darker denim jeans.
I wish it was not only in person but on my wrist...
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:20 PM   #4229
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How soon do you want to order a watch? I can refer you to my local guy. He has one in stock. I saw it yesterday.

I have condensed my list of strap makers down to a select few whose product(s) I'm interested in. I narrowed it down from a list of about 50+ strap makers. Here you go:

http://www.basandlokes.com/
http://www.bjstrap.bigcartel.com/
http://dangerous9straps.blogspot.com/
http://www.falconstraps.com/
http://www.gregstevens-design.com/sw...-military.html
http://www.kainheritage.com/
http://www.landastraps.com/Handmade_straps.html#11
http://www.vintagerstraps.com/zstraphtml/canv.html
Thanks for all the links man! I've bookmarked all of them to look at after I have the watch.

And I plan on ordering within a week or so. I'll PM for more details on your local dealer

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Honestly it depends on the condition of the movement. If it is fubar, then a new movement, a case cleaning, some lube and new crown/chrono pushers and you'll be golden. Kind of like taking a rat rod with a brand new motor. I'd say if you get it done at a trusted place but not a dealer, you should squeak by for under 1k. If the movement is ok but needs service and a cleaning, you might get by for under $500.
If the watch was heading to my collection, I'd drop a few bills just to find out what was possible. For now, this research is to help my father in law decide if it sits in a drawer or if it gets repaired.

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Ken, that's an amazing historical piece. In working order, that will be a great and unique piece.
I agree - it's what I'm hoping will happen.

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Ken you do have something special there. I would just forget about the bracelet and go with a leather strap. Otherwise some people prefer the "vintage" look. I would fix that chrono pusher and service the movement.

Omega can do the service, but I would look around online for a reputable watch smith that can fix the chrono button and rejuvenate the movement etc.

By the way, the hesalite crystal is easily scratched, but can be buffed out unlike sapphire. That tip might save you a few bucks
All great news. If we can establish a post-repair value, he'll have a better picture of whether or not to dig in...

Thanks for all the input guys.
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If the watch was heading to my collection, I'd drop a few bills just to find out what was possible. For now, this research is to help my father in law decide if it sits in a drawer or if it gets repaired.



I agree - it's what I'm hoping will happen.



All great news. If we can establish a post-repair value, he'll have a better picture of whether or not to dig in...

Thanks for all the input guys.
In my opinion, this watch after service, with the original hands, dial, bezel and bracelet will fetch around $2,800 +/- a few hundred.

I dont know if you read my reply above, but contact http://www.nesbitswatchservice.com/ and ask for an estimate. They are highly recommended in various watch forums.

EDIT: Look at this: http://forums.timezone.com/index.php...=6359337&rid=0 It's the same watch, in a bit better condition than yours (and it's running) without the bracelet, selling for $2995.
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I did read your post - sorry for glossing over that link. That's a pretty impressive valuation. I'll have the discussion with him.

Thanks so much for digging that up!
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Thanks for all the links man! I've bookmarked all of them to look at after I have the watch.

And I plan on ordering within a week or so. I'll PM for more details on your local dealer


Add two more to the list:

http://gunnystraps.blogspot.com/ (..I just ordered the Caitlin2)
http://www.paneray.com/paneray/products_chan_pin.html (..going to order the "Grigio")
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I did read your post - sorry for glossing over that link. That's a pretty impressive valuation. I'll have the discussion with him.

Thanks so much for digging that up!
No worries I'm a sucker for Speedmasters, so I'm always looking at their values.

Just be aware, as with any vintage piece, you have to find the right buyer. Most people would shy away from these pieces and go for modern watches. People who would be buying these old watches, either are looking for birth-year watches or have sold something similar that had a sentimental value attached to it.

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Add two more to the list:

http://gunnystraps.blogspot.com/ (..I just ordered the Caitlin2)
http://www.paneray.com/paneray/products_chan_pin.html (..going to order the "Grigio")
Very good links! I may grab one from the Gunny straps! Mission Impossible straps looks very nice on there!
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My father in law dropped off the Omega with me - photos below. It's clearly beat to sh!t. He wore this everyday for close to 40 years. The bezel has been replaced once. The crystal looks pretty scratched up, and it kind of feels like plastic, but I can't tell. I'm wondering if it's original or if it is a replacement.

One of the control buttons is gone. The luminous material in the hands has clearly fallen out. The bracelet is dented up pretty good. This watch definitely did its time.

So experts - whatcha think?
Ken, thats a speedy pro with I believe the 321 movement. It is a fantastic watch and imo deserves the time and money of a restoration.

From the limited info I have I would estimate a cost of $600-700 to get the watch in working order. To make it "brand new" oofie got the estimate right on the button. Imo I like the scars and would just get it running and keep the appearance as is and maybe just invest in some new hands/bezel. I personally love the vintage "patina" on my speedy auto. Its something you can't duplicate.
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Very good links! I may grab one from the Gunny straps! Mission Impossible straps looks very nice on there!
Yeah, his M.I. straps are really nice. He has so much to choose from.
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Awesome. Thank you so much for chiming in on this. I'll have a talk with him and see what he'd like to do.
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