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Everything posted by Padders

  1. Swiss Time Services still do the early quartz and hummer stuff I believe, but it isn't cheap. Some stuff has to go to Bienne now which makes it astronomically pricey.
  2. I like the straight lug case more than the fatter pro but I don’t think this one is a winner to be honest. The CK2998 sat in dealer windows for a long while and I don’t expect this to do any better as it is seemingly a light refresh of that, the identical caseback rather supports this!. The price is scary too. Circa £5k IIR correctly.
  3. Reckon on paying around £2900-3K if you either go to Iconic or persuade an AD to match their price. Part ex is a bad way to go. Buy and separately sell. On here perhaps. Which model are you looking to shift?
  4. I'll be honest and admit that I have tried to make sense of the OP's rambling first post twice now and have given up but I will say that you shouldn't assume that the lume used on the 40mm Explorer II is all that great. I had one, a 2008 and it was downright poor when compared with an Omega 2254 Seamaster, a watch which admittedly is widely recognised as one of the brightest on the market. I would think a Seiko Monster would be considerably brighter also which you might not expect given their price tags. Rolex have upped their game with the more recent releases such as the 42mm Exp-II which have bigger plots and a different bluer lume compound but the green tinted lume used until relatively recently was quite frankly pretty average. In the interests of balance I would say that the lume Omega use on Speedmasters is also pretty poor.
  5. Black and blue both available at Iconic for £2,400. There is no noticeable evidence that the Blue is a slower seller ie the discounts on both are similar across the board at several retailers.
  6. Ah so you are the guy that likes the z33
  7. A couple of thoughts. Firstly the thickness of the new design is a big turn off for me. 13.56mm is about the same as the first 2500 movement Planet Ocean which wears like a much bigger heavier watch than the 1120 movement SMPs which wear a smidgen over 11mm. The 2500 movement SMPs gained about 1mm and already felt less balanced and comfortable as a result so this is a big negative IMO. Secondly, the return of the waves is a plus, as above the plain gloss dial does notheing for me and this is better to my eye. The eyesore/wristsore He valve is still there and seemingly bigger than ever. This might have been a good opportunity to ditch it once and for all or integrate it like others have managed. The big disappointment for me is that they have persevered with the now rather 90s Bond look and not snuck a 2254 sword hands version in, but I guess they have the 60s SM300 look covered by the PO and SM300 MC (which of course cost more). Skeleton hands just aren't as good as solid lume sword hands, iconic or not!
  8. I like it but prefer the originals, 38m will be too big, 36-37mm would have been perfect, the originals are at about 35mm which does feel a trifle small these days. Here is an original SM from 1950, this is the 2577 model with radium lume so not the very first Seamaster model but not far off. I personally think this looks better but then maybe I would!
  9. Here you go: http://www.simonfreesewatchmakers.com/
  10. Simon Freese left STS about 6 months ago and set up on his own. It is Keiron or Tony you need to speak to now at STS. That said, Simon is the go to guy for an older Speedmaster, his access to parts is probably rather more limited than it was but his standard of work is still excellent and he is probably noticably cheaper than STS for something like this. Might be worth speaking to him about it.
  11. There is one at Brunel Uni, to the west of London on April 4th but the next in Solihull is May 13th. Then Sept 2nd.
  12. @Foggy You make a good point and clearly know your redial stuff but I think it was just crystal lensing. Here is the vertical through a 10x loupe. Looks pretty central to me. I guess this doesn't prove it isn't a replacement dial but I really don't think it has been refinished. The circular brushed rim would be pretty tricky to replicate.
  13. You think? I would certainly be interested to see yours but if you take a look at this thread there are several examples which look very similar and indeed one on post 2 which is damn near identical in every way (also in a 9K Dennison case). Do bear in mind that the pre 1967 Geneves used a large cursive script which was dropped on later models. I find it hard to believe that all of those are redials or replacement which makes me think mine is probably fine: https://omegaforums.net/threads/the-old-genéve´s-lets-see-them.59067/ Watch from OF thread belonging to Edward53: Mine:
  14. 35mm so noticeably bigger than most 50s/60s gold dress watches which seem more normally 33-34mm. I am very happy with it. Good performance on my timing machine too. 260deg amp and -1spd dial up. I have seen several others which are identical on Omegaforums etc so I am 99% confident it is all original.
  15. Yes I suppose that could have been the case but I could stomach a NOS dial, a poorly done repaint/redial on the other hand I wouldn't knowingly touch.
  16. I have often seen the opinion expressed over on Omegaforums that with the sunburst finish on the Mk series watches like this, the original factory finish is preferable to the beaten up look. I tend to agree so would use STS personally. This is not normally the route I would take with an older watch but tatty sunburst looks just that, tatty and a new glass will be needed which is tricky for a non authorised place to source these days.
  17. I don't actually think it is a redial. The original circular brushed finish is pretty hard to replicate. If you can see a tell then do say what it is! Here is another I found, looks pretty similar to me, unless of course both were redone: https://www.ebay.ie/itm/Omega-18k-Rose-Gold-Vintage-1960-Watch-17-Jewels-Calibre-267-Excellent-condition-/252509544005?hash=item3acabdde45 Model 2903
  18. Managed to get to the Motor Museum watch fair this morning despite the snow. Saw Tom @Thomasr but no Scott this time sadly. Picked up this which I rather like, 1960-61 hallmarked 9K gold Omega Geneve with 267 manual wind movement 17.77m movement (I have fuzzed the rest). Happily and unusually for my purchases it is running really strongly and accurately. Hopefully Tom might be along soon to post some of his purchases, he is always much busier than me!
  19. It might help of course if you were to give some indication of which Seamaster you mean. There have been literally thousands of models since 1948. The guys here have assumed you mean the Bond SMP type but at any given time there are usually 5 or more separate Seamaster lines available. As you can see the poster above has linked to a 1960s Seamaster on a US site. These are all very different watches, a little clarity may help.
  20. I am sure I agree with that prognosis. There have been rumblings that Tudor sales aren't all they could be, despite the relaunch a few years back and the slew of new designs. if they continue to underwhelm, the parent Rolex, may pulll the plug at some point or at least streamline the range. If that is indeed the case then it is not a basis for a long term move up the ladder IMO...
  21. This has can of worms written all over it. Firstly, no you can't remove just the insert and don't try. Removal of the bezel is not particularly easy, even with the correct nylon tool. Secondly as mentioned above, Omega don't actually supply replacement inserts, only full bezels there are aftermarket ones out there of qualities varying from awful to nearly OK but none quite as good as the original. Thirdly it is pretty easy to mangle the soft aluminium insert when either removing or pressing it into the steel bezel. All in all this is really a job best left to professionals. The best solution is to source a full genuine bezel which will look good, or bite the bullet and pay STS or OSC to supply and change. All the aftermarket solutions look sub standard IMO.
  22. I honestly don't think they are. In my experience, the more mundane Tudor models are routinely worth hundreds less than the equivalent Rolex. There will always be wild swings at the lower end but in the main the Rolex name commands a higher price. Obv a Tudor snowflake diver will fetch way more than a old Oyster Precision but like for like, Tudor tends to be less. One thing to bear in mind is that the earlier Tudor models used a lot of Rolex parts so these can add value to an otherwise unremarkable watch. Here is one I looked at recently, the head is worth a few hundred quid only but the genuine 1950s Rolex stretch bracelet adds another couple of hundred:
  23. S4 Stradale? A very rare and these days very valuable thing indeed. The S4 was more a development of the Monte Carlo, not the Delta/Integrale. It was mid engined for a start.
  24. Perhaps their way of doing commerce is odd. They can sell them to the general public at £50 but they allocate £110 to the package?
  25. A few months ago I purchased 3 of these boxes direct from Omega Corporate at a cost of £50 each. I think your reliable informant is wide of the mark.
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