Another one....

Discussion in 'Omega Watches' started by Archer, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Archer

    Archer

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    Glad you guys are enjoying this thread. I finished the assembly of this one today....I realized I never did show the front of the watch, so this is what it looked like when I received it:

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    As you can see above, the hands were toast - the white paint was so stained with rust they could not be saved. The dial was pretty stained as well:

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    With the dial off, some more movement shots showing the rusted parts:

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    The top plate with the chronograph parts removed:

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    Even the back side of the dial was covered in rust:

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    After cleaning:

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    The case needed work as well - crystal polished, new crown, new pushers installed, and of course cleaned:

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    New hands on the old dial:

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    Here the movement is installed, and the new crown and pushers can be seen:

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    Looks pretty good considering what it looked like when it arrived!

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    Cheers, Al
  2. Waters Wood

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    So cool, learn something useful how to dissect my watch...:crazy: xD
  3. colemanitis

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    Nice work, Al! How'd the movement clean up? Good as new?
  4. Archer

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    It came up okay actually. Had to replace lots of parts of course, but was able to save many as well.

    Putting it through the timing checks now, and so far it's running pretty good.

    Cheers, Al
  5. SLRdude

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    If you don't mind me asking, can you tell me (ballpark) what such a severe restoration would cost?
    Just curious. :cheers:
  6. cw2

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    There must be a story behind the mistreatment of that watch?
    Like the guy crashed into the ocean,swam to a deserted island and lived for 4 years.
    Removed from a 3 week old corpse, in Lake Wobegone, after a boat accident!
    Something meaningful and not just negligence....:thinking:
  7. Archer

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    Not sure I should give out the numbers, but let's say that it was not easy to get this done for the same money that a replacement (used) would cost. One reason it came in under replacement value is because I am only charging my normal service rate for this one, when I have easily spent 3X more time on this than a "typical" service would take.

    Cheers, Al
  8. Archer

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    I don't know that I would call it mistreatment, just an accident. The owner went swimming in the ocean and did not realize that a pusher had fallen off. The threads on the screw that holds the pusher on were fine, so it wasn't ripped off with force or anything - the pusher just came unscrewed somewhow.

    Since the owner was on a cruise, there wasn't much he could do for the first week or so. By then the damage was done.

    Cheers, Al
  9. Vincent65

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    nice rescue - looks much better now
  10. cw2

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    Like I say, "Never take a chrono. in the water. Diver's yes....Chrono's no!":goodpost:



    :rolex::breitling:
  11. KZ1000

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    Dang, nice work! What an incredible project :thumbsup: Keep up the great work :rocker: