To satisfy my curiosity about Omega watches and redeem my disappointing experience with Yahoo Auctions (Japan), I bought a cheap and sadly green-faced c.1973 Geneve with a steel bracelet that turned out to be way too small for me to wear.
Opening the case, I found a lot of gunk and corrosion, as expected—I think the dial became green after getting a bath. The watch runs beautifully, however.
I chose the watch over a wide selection of Omegas listed on Yahoo as "junk" because of the "Recognized for 20 Years of Service/Kagawa Prefecture Credit Union" inscription. The watch clearly once meant something to someone.
Unfortunately, at this point I realized that one of the badly corroded pins had broken clean off in the lug hole when I removed the bracelet. I couldn't wear the watch even if I found a strap that fit.
So, can I do anything, or is the only recourse to take it to a watchmaker to try to drill out the hole? I suspected that the pin would turn to dust if I merely spoke to it harshly*, but it's in there pretty good. In fact, being in the lug hole probably protected that portion of the pin from corrosion, which would make it the sturdiest part of the watch. Does anyone have any ideas?
* I tried this already